An exhibition exploring Ireland and Scotland’s oldest fabric and the linen links between the two nations is currently running at Lisburn Cathedral until Saturday October 6.
‘Our Linen Stories’ explores stories of past, present and future journeys in design and in keeping with the Cathedral setting, there is special focus on the relationship of linen with religious faiths and the traditional ceremonies around birth, death and marriage.
Amongst an intriguing array of design talent on display in Lisburn, the exhibition will showcase work by Duncan Neil of William Clarks in Maghera, Sinead Black of Bricolage in Hollywood and Gerd Hay-Edie for Mourne Textiles in Rostrevor.
The exhibition organiser, Dr John Ennis, grew up in Lisburn and left to train and work in medicine in Edinburgh. In the last five years John has pursued a passion for design, collaborating in a variety of projects linking well-being and creative industry.
“We are giving people the chance to see work by a dozen contemporary designers who use linen or flax fibre to create textiles, furniture and sports gear,” he explained,
A special reception will be held on Saturday October 6 at 2.300pm to celebrate the exhibition. Everyone is welcome and the reception will include music by Claire McNicol who will perform ‘Weaving Songs’.
Our Linen Stories has received industry sponsorship from Lisburn’s own Creative Composites who additionally supported early research work of Professor Jane McCann and others who contribute to the Materials Innovation and Sustainability part of the exhibition at the Catherdral.