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I’m a week and a half in to my FMP / Personal Confirmatory Stage project. We get 8 term time weeks plus extra time in the holidays!

My project is based on Georgian interior design in Ireland. I’m also looking at points at which history could have gone differently and trying to incorporate specifically Irish designs into larger Georgian architectural shapes. It’s an excuse to research areas of history I don’t really know much about.

It’s also going to be challenging from my point of view as I am hoping to learn more about the way England has treated it’s neighbours. I’m going to help decorate a holiday cottage in Armagh – so my research and creative efforts will go towards starting up an Irish-owned business, IN Ireland… I hope I can manage to do it respectfully. Armagh holds a Georgian Day¬†festival every year. I must go!

Colin Park [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

I’m getting my history recaps checked over by two Irish friends who both have archaeology degrees and whoever else will read them! So if you’re interested in helping proof read or complete surveys on Irish identity I’d love to hear from you.

 

So far, I’ve been looking at the round tower shapes and cup and ring marks to use as fabric surface pattern. I’ve also been experimenting with how to make 3D patterns on fabric, lino cutting and woodblock printing. I really like the woodblock technique, but it definitely needs some tweaking. I think finer lines work better than large expanses, but that should work nicely with floral damask patterns.

 

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