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FOCUS | ICARUS by Rachel Fitzpatrick

Inspired by the Greek Myth of Icarus the golden feathers echo the giddiness of flight by glinting and teasing the light. the ribbons of black velcro resemble velvet creating a luxurious and voluptuous texture.

Materials: Black velcro, gold foiled feathers, aluminium frame

Dimensions: ø600mm (23.5”) x ø800mm (31.5”)

Photography Credit: Glenn Norwood

FOCUS | VENICE DESIGN 2018 | Fionn by Rachel Fitzpatrick

As the exhibition in Venice draws to a close I wanted to look back on the making of my piece, Fionn, made especially for the VENICE DESIGN 18.

Fionn is the namesake of the mythical Northern Irish giant, Fionn Mac Cumhaill.  Legend speaks of the giants size, strength and skill, but in particular the ability to outwit his enemies through disguise.  Not dissimilar to MacCumhaill, I hoped to temporarily beguile the audience, inviting them to relook at the material by creating an elegant chandelier, using an everyday industrial material. Do you think it worked?

The chandelier has been sculpted using 650metres of Velcro disguising the heavy industrial material as a giant lighting sculpture standing over two and a half meters long and floating in the beautiful Palazzio Michel in Venice

It has been such an honour to take part in this amazing exhibition and I wish to thank the team at the European Cultural Centre for all their support over the past year and for their belief in my work.

I also wish to thank both the Arts Council NI and the British Council for funding my participant in VENICE DESIGN 18

NEWS | Dubai Design Week 2018 | ECC Venice by Rachel Fitzpatrick

I’m delighted to announce my work had been selected for presentation at Dubai Design Week 2018 by the European Cultural Centre at the American University of Dubai.  VENICE DESIGN has also decided to make its designers travel and present the overall exhibition at Dubai Design District and their projects during all whole week celebrating design. Thank you to the organisers for including my work at such a prestigious event.

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FOCUS | Eclipse by Rachel Fitzpatrick

The term Eclipse is derived from ancient Greek meaning “darkening of a heavenly body”. The material has been embellished with glistening gold then hand-cut into the finest strips. It is then hand sculpted to create this etherial lighting sculpture in luxurious metallic tones.

Dimensions: 800x800x30mm (31.5”x31.5”x12”)

Materials: Gold foiled black Velcro. aluminium frame

Photographer: Glenn Norwood

WORKSHOP | Children’s Faux Stain Glass Workshop at FE McWilliam Gallery and Studio by Rachel Fitzpatrick

During this workshop we will use old materials transforming them into beautiful glistening treasures. Using materials such as jam jars, paper and cardboard we will create stain glass effect windows and lanterns.

 

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DATE: Thursday 2nd August

TIMES: 10am-12pm 4-6 year olds & 2pm-4pm 7-12 year olds

COST: £8

TICKETS: www.visitarmagh.com

WORKSHOP | Children’s Recycled Sea Monster Workshop at F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio by Rachel Fitzpatrick

During this workshop we will use recycled materials to create our own sea monsters from the depths of the ocean! Using a variety of materials we will create CD seasnails, sharks from plastic bottles and jelly fish with paper tentacles.

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DATE: Wednesday 1st August

TIME: 10am-12pm for 4-6 year olds & 2pm-4pm for 7-11 year olds

COST: £8

Tickets: www.visitarmagh.com

 

 

PRESS | Velcro in Venice | Irish Times by Rachel Fitzpatrick

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Huge thank you to the Editor of the Home & Design supplement, Orna Mulcahy, at Irish Times for the little write up in my work in this weekends paper. 

 https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/homes-and-property/an-art-college-day-out-sticky-lights-and-a-gardening-festival-in-kildare-1.3530774?mode=amp