BRAY CRAFTERS RE­VEAL ‘WHAT LIES BE­NEATH’

NEW EX­HI­BI­TION AT SIG­NAL ARTS CEN­TRE FEA­TURES WORK BY WOMEN FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE, WRITES MARY FOGARTY

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Bray Crafters present their ex­hi­bi­tion ‘What Lies Be­neath’ at Sig­nal Arts Cen­tre from Mon­day, Novem­ber 12, un­til Sun­day, Novem­ber 25.

Bray Crafters is a lo­cal, largely am­a­teur, arts and crafts group that was es­tab­lished in 2013. Be­gin­ning as a small group of crafters who hailed mostly from Bray, it has grown to a col­lec­tive with over 50 mem­bers from Bray and sur­round­ing vil­lages.

They gather to­gether once a month for meet­ings where peer to peer skill shar­ing takes place, along with cre­at­ing and catch­ing up on all things craft.

This past cal­en­dar year, Bray Crafters has par­tic­i­pated in group train­ing with Kil­dare and Wick­low Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Board. Mem­bers in the group have had solo and other group ex­hibits.

In con­junc­tion with their first ex­hi­bi­tion, the group were fea­tured on RTE’s eclec­tic news pro­gram Na­tion­wide. This group of women, from all walks of life, have made an im­pact on each other, their work and cul­ti­vated friend­ships through craft. ‘What Lies Be­neath’ is Bray Crafters’ se­cond group ex­hi­bi­tion at the Sig­nal Arts Cen­tre. The ti­tle of this ex­hi­bi­tion is one that chal­lenges and en­cour­ages the group mem­bers to delve into po­lit­i­cal, hu­man­i­tar­ian, gen­der and per­sonal is­sues. It is an op­por­tu­nity to strip back lay­ers and masks and ex­plore our own hu­man­ity. The sup­port while cre­at­ing these pieces echoes the sup­port they are to each other. This ex­hi­bi­tion is com­posed of new works by group mem­bers made from medi­ums in­clud­ing weav­ing, felt­ing, em­broi­dery, paper, paint­ing, sculp­ture and mixed me­dia pieces il­lus­trat­ing how the skills the women con­tin­u­ally share and learn, in­flu­ence and gen­tly guide their fin­ished work. An open­ing re­cep­tion will take place on Sun­day, Novem­beer 18, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

A piece made by Bray Crafters for the ex­hi­bi­tion and (left) stitch­ing for What Lies Be­neath.

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