Two hundred years after the Earl of Meath was told a greater return could be made growing grass than collecting weavers’ rents in The Liberties, Dublin City Council was developing green spaces for the sites of razed apartment blocks following extensive public consultation, and as part of The Liberties Greening Strategy. The remnants of The Liberties silk weaving industry are now housed in the nearby National Museum of Ireland. Working with staff of Dublin City Council’s Parks and Landscapes Services, a series of unique handmade paper works was created to commemorate this new era in the site’s history – gilding and incorporating the first cuttings of Weaver Park into cotton linters using a couching process. Works in the First Cut series are reminiscent of museum artefacts, park play furniture, and of the park itself.
The First Cut series was made with thanks to Pulp Paper Arts Workshop, Dublin City Council’s Parks and Landscapes Services, and Sheena Barrett at The LAB Gallery, Dublin. It was funded by an Arts Council Project Award 2018 and developed during a Dublin City Council Residential Residency supported by Galway City Council.