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

WORKSHOP | Children’s 2 day Tie Dye Workshop at F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio by Rachel Fitzpatrick

Over this two day workshop, on 26th & 27th July, we will learn to make your own natural dyes from natural ingredients.  We will then use various dyes to personalise and Tie Dye your own T Shirt. 


Day 1: Have fun and get messy using natural ingredients found in your average kitchen such as berries, vegetable skins and spices to create your own dyes.   We will also begin to master the art of Dye the folds.


Day 2: Experiment using various dyes to create your own T-shirt master piece!  


DATES: 26th & 27th July

TIMES: 10am-1pm

AGES: 8-12 years

COST:  £24

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