Posts Tagged ‘textile artists’

Report on the 17th International Textile Symposium, Graz, Austria 2001

July 13, 2005

by Pamela Hardesty
Article for TEXERE newsletter

I was a very fortunate participant in this event, held at the Bildungszentrum Raiffeisenhof in Graz from 9-13 July of this year. I represented Ireland within a group of 12 textile artists spanning a wide range of disciplines, cultures, stages of career. It was a very successful event on many levels, with a high standard of organisation and representation. (more…)

‘Spirituality and Culture’ Speech given at Irish Interchurch Conference, Cork, 6 May 2005

May 6, 2005

I am truly very honoured to be invited to speak here today. I received the booklet of papers from your Working Party, and as a layperson, a parishioner, I have been inspired and heartened to know that this kind of shared dialogue is underway here in Ireland. I also wondered what I could contribute to such a thorough examination of spirituality and culture. I am just a maker, an artist. I express my insights through form, colour, material. But you have brought your gathering here to Cork to take part in our celebration as European City of Culture, and Cork’s theme for this honour is ‘The City of Making’. So I can contribute my personal path as a maker, in what I see as my vocation as an artist, how this path has nourished my faith, and how I have worked to bring my insights as an artist into projects in my local parish—- and how I can envision further alliances between the artistic, creative activity of our culture and the living Church. (more…)

Pamela Hardesty at the Fenton Gallery by Mark Patrick Hederman

December 5, 2002

Preliminary thoughts on Pamela Hardesty’s exhibition in the Fenton Gallery, Cork. 5 December 2002

Click here for images from the Fenton Gallery exhibition

Pamela’s ‘The Water and the Blood’ exhibition is in the stone-walled, barrel-vaulted space, entered through a narrow awning. The titles nearly put me off: Christ’s Passion, the Water and the Blood, The Sacred Heart! However her focus is on the role of the physical in spiritual transcendence; how the body can be vehicle for the Spirit. ‘Complex, dense, structural compositions, using glass and stone units linked by wire’. Impressive = sacred hearts and stations in abstract textures like flesh. Using the softer, more skin-like surface of paper, she depicts abuse – cutting, piercing, peeling, and the effect is startling. (more…)

‘A Language of Faith: from Paper to Glass’ TEXERE Conference Lisbon 2002

July 6, 2002

Speaker: Pamela Hardesty

In 1986 I moved from the U.S. to Ireland in the hope of finding a simpler way of life, hopefully in a society more attuned to spiritual exploration, more appreciative of the poetic and the immaterial. I have settled in Ireland to teach and work, developing my artistic vocabulary through a wide range of materials and processes, all united by a textiles sensibility and an effort to articulate through form my evolving Christian faith. (more…)

‘Ready for the Stars’ Michael Longley on the Paradiso exhibition

April 6, 1993

Michael Longley, poet in residence at Trinity College Dublin, opened Pamela Hardesty’s exhibition ‘Dante’s Paradiso’at the Pantheon Gallery, Dublin, 7 April 1993. The exhibition was part of Festa Italiana.

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One of the reasons great works of art survive, or, rather, persist, is because they are quarries for other works of art. A great work brims with possibilities for the artists who come after it. Think of the thousands of poems and pictures inspired over the centuries by Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. My own most recent collection of poems ended up as a belated lament for my parents. But my emotions had found no embodiment until I re-read in the Odyssey Homer’s account of Odysseus’ re-union with his failing father Laertes and, in Hades, with his dead mother Anticleia. Words many hundreds of years old illuminated my sorrow. (more…)