Clonmel Applefest artist in residence Aoife Barrett has been working since early June with 7 Tipperary Food producers to gather insights, stories, fun facts and visual impressions about their practices. The idea of this experimental residency came from the artist’s desire to learn more about traditional skills and crafts, food practices and how we can reconnect with our food. As a printmaker, she has always been interested in slow-production crafts and how working with our hands can help us to engage and connect more deeply with the world around us.
She collaborated with seven local food producers: Magner’s Egg Farm, Blackcastle Farm, Cashel Farmhouse Cheesemakers, The Apple Farm, Irish Hedgerow, Hickey’s Bakery and Galtee Honey. During her visits, she gained an understanding into their craft and practices, finding out about regenerative farming, cheesemaking, beekeeping, animal & appletree husbandry and biodiversity.
This new work comprised of 8 tablemats was created in response to site visits and field trips and stems from an interest in learning more about how food is linked to family and communal practices and how the act of eating brings people together. The installation uses the medium of traditional printmaking, as well as exploring papermaking and embedded printing techniques. The exhibit will be on display amongst the Museum collection until the 22nd October.