Post Tribute

Tribute to Oliver Mannion, collage of photocopies and architectural site maps (work in progress)
 The workspace was designed to facilitate a number of different mediums safely, being mindful that people could be bringing in materials which were very precious to them.
We also had a private space with comfy seating in case any one became distressed. We would like to thank the Listeners (bereavement counsellors) from St Mary's Pastoral Centre who made themselves available throughout the session.  

Printer/photocopier station. Above it on the wall are a selection of well-known poems associated with dealing with mortality.

During the event Art Hive members were on hand to help with creativity and ideas using the objects people had brought with them, in order that they would leave with a finished piece. The Art Hive artists provided most of the art materials from their own supplies, making sure there was a wide range of options. These included tissue, sugar, and tracing paper; coloured pencils, wax crayons, and paint; glue, scissors, erasers etc etc; wools and embroidery threads; sewing machines and photocopier (the photocopier was particularly useful, as it meant copies could be experimented with, even of three dimensional objects!)

TRIBUTE Bereavement and Loss workshop

Bereavement and Loss workshop hosted by Art Hive
On Saturday 8th November 2014
From 12 until 5pm
At Nest Space (opposite Gamestop), Mitchell St, Clonmel


       The purpose of the workshop is to make something beautiful and evocative as a positive reminder (aide-mémoire) of someone who has passed away. This could be a collage, print, textile, a time capsule, or something 3 dimensional (shrine like). It could be a lengthy process, so participants should make sure they give themselves time within the workshop to achieve a finished piece.

When a loved one dies they leave behind so many
physical things.
It is often difficult to know what to do with
everything. In time it becomes easier to part with some of these, but there are often a few things we would like to keep forever, as well as photographs.

It is most important to bring mementos of that
These can be photographs (which can be photo-copied on site), articles of clothing, pictures from magazines or newspapers, small things; anything that you associate with that person. Give yourself time to choose what to bring. If you want your piece in a frame, please bring one with you. Charity shops and Euro shops are good sources.

Materials and facilities provided: some basic including
sewing machines, a photocopier, glue, paper, background cloth, and printing equipment.

The workshop is for anyone and everyone. Under 16s must be accompanied by an appropriate adult. Everyone and the objects they bring will be treated with the utmost respect.

The workshop is a free event.

Drift-line Debris - deconstructed Clonea Strand

Lyn Mather's piece at Omni Hive was an installation based on the steps leading up to the first floor. It consisted of jetsam collected on Clonea East Strand, Co. Waterford, gathered on the high tide drift-line within a relatively short time.

Drift-line Debris - deconstructed clonea strand (detail)

Short Artist Statement:
As an artist concerned with environment and ecology, I am interested in depicting the human cultural impact on life and the kind of landscapes and eco-systems we create and contribute to. Often this includes looking at the processes of nature in relation to cultural expression unfolding in time. My work is concerned with giving nature a voice or showing human cultural forms where they converge and form a collective layer with what was once pristine nature. 

Drift-line Debris portrays a collection of lost and abandoned plastic roping, netting and washed up blue gloves once used in the nearby oyster trade. On the steps, individual objects and organisms are displayed as found - some are to various degrees damaged and decomposed as the tide of time is processing all of these back into the sand and sea. 

Whilst all of this debris washes up on a strand on a high tide line between the sea and land bank, the drift-line that we often walk along in hope of discovery perhaps, this installation of objects are portrayed in circles of sand to highlight that each of these pieces have their own story to tell.   

Omni Hive - our Culture night 2014 show

Omni Hive, a pop-up exhibition curated by Art Hive was held in the old Nest shop on  27 Mitchel Street, Clonmel from 4 till 9pm.

l-r : Aisling Egan, Violeta Pserackaite, Ian Mannion, Dennis Ryan, Catherine Starling, Brigid Teehan
Participents included both the Art Hive group themselves (Catherine Starling, Ian Mannion, Dennis Ryan, Violeta Pserackaite, Laima Bujak) and guest artists Brigid Teehan, Lyn Mather and Aisling Egan. Exhibits were varied, covering a wide range of styles and mediums.

Omni Hive itself was the title of Art Hives' first collaborative work, incorporating each members' disciplines. It consisted of several suspended white textile panels woven and stitched by Catherine Starling and Violeta Pserackaite, with pale ceramic pieces hung in front on knotted string. Dennis Ryan a ceramicist, cast the pieces from everyday commercial packaging molds provided by Ian Mannion (an inspirational source for him).
l-r : Ian Mannion, Brigid Teehan, Lyn Mather & Arts Officer Melanie Scott
 A video composited from film footage and images of group member's art and studio spaces was projected onto the installation. A parade of imagery, of lights and shadows was created the public could walk through and interact with.