The Bridge Community, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare, Ireland

 Our tapestry is a celebration of our wonderful Nature Trail at The Bridge Community. This has now been open for a year and a half. It has totally transformed our experience in the weavery as we are now receiving many visitors as they pass by on their way to take a gentle stroll amongst our gardens, farm area and through small pockets of wilderness along the River Liffey. There are kingfishers, frogs, herons, and many interesting native wetland plants all along the boardwalk. One feature of our Nature Trail is that it is open to all access and is also quite short in length, therefore encouraging a quick revitalising dip into the natural elements. In the weaver we also have a huge window facing the start of the trail within the Weavery, and we have fun decorating it with seasonal woolly items.

A decision was made to keep the design free of details in order to communicate an element of 'wildness'. The full moon, setting over the Wicklow hills, is made from sheep's fleece from our own sheep. It is there to emphasis the quality of the unknown and the numinous, that the moon enhances within us as humans. The main part of the weaving is made from all re-cycled mill selvedge ends that were kindly donated by Avoca Handweavers who run one of the original handweaving centres in East Ireland. The sky area is made from blanket ends from Foxford Woollen Mills in the NW of Ireland, kindly donated by Craftspun Yarns in Co Kildare. The cotton warp was provided by our mentor Carratha Carr, a weaver from Co. Donegal, whose family were active in many different aspects of the traditions of spinning and weaving in Donegal. The nature of the weaving reflects the areas of farmland and lawns, and the wilder places that are part of the Trail. The path winds around the River Liffey with some viewing places to sit and watch the flow patterns of the river. We have tried to capture some of this quality in our weaving, with lots of movement, sometimes chaotic! Finally, we have included a piece to represent the Trail itself, a piece of woven tweed from our workshop looms. It tells of countless human footprints meandering along, in the sacred weaving tradition of the ‘Dine', marrying the ancient  Irish traditional weaving method with the stories of people from other lands. In this way, we also bring in the elements of our friends from many cultures and lands who come to weave and tell stories of their lives with us in The Bridge Community. Our tapestry is a celebration of our wonderful Nature Trail at The Bridge Community. This has now been open for a year and a half. It has totally transformed our experience in the weavery as we are now receiving many visitors as they pass by on their way to take a gentle stroll amongst our gardens, farm area and through small pockets of wilderness along the River Liffey. There are kingfishers, frogs, herons, and many interesting native wetland plants all along the boardwalk. One feature of our Nature Trail is that it is open to all access and is also quite short in length, therefore encouraging a quick revitalising dip into the natural elements. In the weaver we also have a huge window facing the start of the trail within the Weavery, and we have fun decorating it with seasonal woolly items.

A decision was made to keep the design free of details in order to communicate an element of 'wildness'. The full moon, setting over the Wicklow hills, is made from sheep's fleece from our own sheep. It is there to emphasis the quality of the unknown and the numinous, that the moon enhances within us as humans. The main part of the weaving is made from all re-cycled mill selvedge ends that were kindly donated by Avoca Handweavers who run one of the original handweaving centres in East Ireland. The sky area is made from blanket ends from Foxford Woollen Mills in the NW of Ireland, kindly donated by Craftspun Yarns in Co Kildare. The cotton warp was provided by our mentor Carratha Carr, a weaver from Co. Donegal, whose family were active in many different aspects of the traditions of spinning and weaving in Donegal. The nature of the weaving reflects the areas of farmland and lawns, and the wilder places that are part of the Trail. The path winds around the River Liffey with some viewing places to sit and watch the flow patterns of the river. We have tried to capture some of this quality in our weaving, with lots of movement, sometimes chaotic! Finally, we have included a piece to represent the Trail itself, a piece of woven tweed from our workshop looms. It tells of countless human footprints meandering along, in the sacred weaving tradition of the ‘Dine', marrying the ancient  Irish traditional weaving method with the stories of people from other lands. In this way, we also bring in the elements of our friends from many cultures and lands who come to weave and tell stories of their lives with us in The Bridge Community.