CCA is delighted to announce 'Crios Belts', a hand-weaving workshop by master weaver and researcher Deborah White in CCA on Saturday 13 May 2023, 1PM–3PM.
*This event is now fully booked. To add your name to the waiting list please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This workshop draws upon the themes of weaving, textiles and the passing-on of skills associated with traditional Irish heritage crafts. It will give participants the opportunity to work with their hands, learn a new skill and make their own Crios belts. These traditional hand woven belts were particularly associated with the Aran Islands. Deborah will teach participants to weave these ancient belts in a choice of colours.
Throughout the session, Deborah will give a sense of the countless possibilities achievable using simple vernacular tools and the most basic of materials. It will allow for a fully participatory creative group practice workshop, with a take-away piece at the end of the session.
This workshop forms part of the Public programme for Laura Wilson’s solo exhibition at CCA which references weaving, textile and process. Participants will have the opportunity to view the exhibition before and after the workshop.
Tickets are limited and booking is essential. You can book your free place through CCA’s online shop here. This event is suitable for 18+.
Supported by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Derry City & Strabane District Council.
Deborah White is an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded PhD researcher at the Belfast School of Art and a hand-loom linen damask weaver and designer of twenty-seven years. She has woven for dignitaries and institutions across the globe, including Presidents Nelson Mandela and Mary McAleese, HRH Prince Andrew and Hertford House, home of the famous Wallace Collection. Her work has been recognised by The Heritage Crafts Association, The Theo Moorman Trust for Weavers and The Textile Society, while her PhD research has won awards from the Thomas Dammann Memorial Trust and the Irish Georgian Society’s Desmond Guinness Scholarship. She has published in ‘History Ireland’, TEXT and The Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers and has a paper due in the ‘Riggisberger Berichte’, the journal of the world-leading textile museum, the Abegg-Stiftung. She is to give a paper on Irish linen damask at Kensington Palace’s conference on the Georgian Court, which is designed to complement their up-coming exhibition ‘Crown to Couture’.