The Social Contract

This work continues the exploration of themes of morality in Ireland through the textile medium.  The pieces themselves are a reflection on attitudes sustained in Irish society by long established stereotypes. They focus on examples of contemporary living issues that are associated with areas of Dublin that have been classified as disadvantaged. Every social issue in Ireland is at this time is under-pinned by the economic climate as politicians struggle to promote employment and foreign investment. Samples of Irish wit and sarcasm are captured and collected from conversations with people I meet. These candid views and opinions on our society’s social problems are dealt made physical through the use of hand and machine embroidery, presenting the viewer with stitched images, snippets of text and engrained stereotypes that reflect our culture’s collective opinions.

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