‘The fish exchange’ is a project which began in Scotland and now has spread to many coastal areas. Communities are knitting and sewing fish. Deirdre Nelson has been artist in residence at Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh and has been looking at the history of lace making in the area. With an interest in lace making and the abundance of mackerel in Cobh, Deirdre has developed a community project which will celebrate the skills of textile workers past and present using both traditional and contemporary skills. The work will be exhibited at Sirius Arts Centre October 2011 .
If you are interested in making a mackerel for the project here are some fishing rules.
- White on white , (lace, crochet, knit , embroidery, quilt, felt )
Silver, cream, pale grey, sequins, beads and bling permitted !!!
- Your mackerel should not be more than 30cm in length
( small fish and fat fish allowed)
- Materials : Try and use what you have got or recycle if you can
- Have as much fun as possible
- Hand in day : 30th September @
Sirius Art Centre .
The Old Yacht Club.
Drop in days@Sirius Art Centre Cobh. ( an opportunity to share ideas/materials, ask advice and talk fish.)
Monday 14th March 10.30am – 4.30pm
Monday21st March 10.30am – 4.30 pm
Saturday 26th March 10.30-1.30
For more information contact Deirdre at d.stitchedATbtopenworldDOTcom
Facebook: The Fish Exchange
Photos on Flickr of Deirdre's work in Uist
*We are currently discussing the possibility of a fish auction raising money through the project for the Sirius . Each fish will be on exhibit but it is entirely up to the maker whether to put their fish up for auction.