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Maybe the first secret gallery in Doolin, Co. Clare, Ireland

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Paper Poppy Seed Heads

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A while ago, I made two paper Poppy seed heads and put some of James’ Juniper berries inside of them, so when they are rotated they make a sound like pebbles being dragged by the tide. After several weeks in the west of Clare, the juniper berries had started to soften and the paper was not so crispy, so the rolling berries made little sound! It was time to be plunged into hot wax, minus berries. Now they hold their shape and are slightly transparent when the light shines through them. I put some of the wax in it’s bead form inside the heads, it makes a great sound!

Last night, I started stitching a new one, it was made with firmer brown paper and I reckoned that some stitching would work instead of wax. I died the white thread with some liquid blusher, another one has lipstick on it! (the nearest one in the photograph). Another Artist who uses stitching in her work is Kirsty Hall and I would really recommend you having a look at her inspiring and informative sight.

The holes that the needle make when I stitch look like little stars when You look through them towards the light! I like to be playful and experimental with my sewing. Before I started stitching I had just been outside and looked up at the stars and they were amazing! Then I looked down at the ground and the line of shells along the garden path had been scattered into a very star-like Milky Way!

Written by Marianne Slevin

29 October, 2008 at 10:51 am

The Secret Gallery gets ready!

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There hadn’t been very many visitors to the gallery lately, it felt like allot of effort to keep the doors open for maybe no callers! I had started to let the gallery become a home, and a pretty messy one at that! This has changed as of yesterday, and we are back in organised mode! I have been reminded to get ready first and the rest will follow! Sometimes I think that it is the very part of me that allows me to paint and be creative that make me very chaotic and is not a great business head! just as well there are two of us! Yesterday was a grand combination of cleaning, clearing, feng shui, lessons in computer skills and creative play which took the guise of placing coins, shells and little precious things in the cracks and cubby holes in the old stone fire place, like offerings. This also reminds me of some of the bars in Galicia, Spain, where they put coins in the walls. I am not sure why they do this, maybe somebody knows?

We have started to extend the gallery outside as well! A line of shells and drift wood that resemble both a tide line and a ladder that runs down the garden path. The first day we enjoyed watching the birds exploring their new perches, I hope they approved! Today we open at 9am, so we hope to see more than the birds, though they are always welcome too!    

Written by Marianne Slevin

28 August, 2008 at 6:31 am