During the first part of my residency, Craigard participants were really keen to demonstrate their amazing range of skills. These skills have been honed over a number of years and are based in traditional crafts such as weaving, sewing, knitting and rug making as well as the visual arts and music. They’ve attained a really high level of expertise so I’m determined that whatever we finally end up doing together that these skills remain central to our project.
During this period participants joined me at the Taigh Chearsabaigh studio, where we developed a ‘skill share’ game. We hope this game will result in a set of playing cards based not just on the skills of the group but the skills of the wider crofting community.
We also worked together to create crofting mind maps where we’ve tried to tease out the important factors that that make crofting so important to life on the island.
Through discussion we’ve challenged our ideas of what the exhibition might look like and what materials we might use, with the group thinking through ways to engage the public in a playful and unexpected way.