The Shuttle Hive

A commemorative collection from designer Alison Conneely and inspired by the role of women in the War of Independence

The Shuttle Hive: A Century of Rising Threads will open at the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks on Friday, 4 November to coincide with Mise Éire? Shaping a Nation through Design conference (4 & 5 November), the exhibition runs until April, 2017.

The exhibited collection will display six themed garment panels – reflecting themes from rebellion and resistance to family and domestic life – each consisting of three items of clothing created by Conneely. The panels are inspired by the various roles played by women during this war-time period: as rebels; spies; uniform makers; nurses; messengers; symbols of old Ireland; and revolution directors. Alison’s vision is of a ‘tapestry of values’, and she has used fabrics that evoke both rebellion and modernity, with an ultimate dream of evoking a new myth that is both complex and clean cut.

Commenting on her collection, Alison Conneely said: “Struggle and the aftermath, domestic strife, comradery, secrecy, deceit and espionage are themes explored and de-coded throughout the patterned fabrics and their sensitive embellishment. It's a romance revolution fought with time travel, paper patterns, trial and error, the ghosts that become us and the quest to make this little grief-jerked life on earth a little more worthwhile.”

Her curatorial approach to the project draws from an extensive range of academic, craft and artistic expertise throughout the development of the project, focusing on the importance of the collaborative process. Historians, anthropologists, musicians, tanners, jewellers, sociologists, architects and weavers all play an integral role in the geometric dreamworld and cultural collective that has become The Shuttle Hive.

(Photo taken at Project Arts Centre during Brute Clues, an exhibition by Andreas Kindler von Knobloch, Tom Watt and Tand Williams, Dublin, 2016.)

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04 November 2016 to 15 April 2017


The National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History


Free admission

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Tuesday - Saturday : 10am - 5pm, Sunday: 2pm - 5pm, Closed Mondays, Christmas Day & Good Friday

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