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Discovery Hub: a Finnish/Irish creative liaison

Ards Visitor Information Centre, Beside the Bus Station, 31 Regent Street, Newtownards, County Down, BT23 4AD
print of grasses by Ruth Osbourne


The Discovery Hub welcomes this Finnish/Irish creative liaison celebrating natural materials and the landscape as part of Creative Peninsula 2024.
Following on from a British Council funded exchange between textile artist, Ruth Osbourne and painter Pirjo Seddiki and an Arts Council NI supported project, Something Old: Something New by Jane McCann and Sirpa Morsky, this exhibition celebrates the merging of these projects in an ongoing collaborative interchange.
Something Old: Something New promotes design for linen as one of the most sustainable natural fibres with links to both Northern Irish and Finnish heritage. Alongside flax, the need for a source of new cellosic fibre to satisfy growing global consumption, led to Sirpa and Jane's experimentation with Kuura (wood) fibre.
Kuovi/Curlew includes a body of work based on Ruth Osbourne's Nature Printing techniques and Pirjo Seddiki's translation of her drawings and paintings, often of birds, into digital print. The redlisted curlew/kuovi, the largest European wading bird, forms another link between Northern Ireland and Finland.
The results of these collaborations can be seen in a capsule garment collection by Sirpa Morsky and Jane McCann.

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