Patching Tuam

Event · Workshop

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Textile Project. Image courtesy Kathy Ross

27th of June – 1st of July 2022

11am - 1pm

Tuam Town Hall

Textile art project open to ages 13-15

Creative Places Tuam are looking for vibrant creative young people to engage in a truly unique textile art project inspired by punk fashion, music iconography, and protest art to create a collaborative tapestry based on your views, experiences and interaction with the town of Tuam or “your patch”.

“Patching Tuam” will run over five days at the end of June. Teens will work with local textile artist Kathy Ross to use techniques such as drawing and painting, collage, applique and hand and machine embroidery to create Punk Patches which display their social, political and personal viewpoints and their sense of place.

Stitching and needlecraft are an incredible visual language. The act of stitching words and slogans gives strength and power to your voice and we want to hear  what you have to say!!


How to apply

Places are very limited so we ask any interested young people to submit the following to apply:

  • 1 image of something you have made. This can be a photograph of a picture, painting, sculpture, original photograph, item of clothing, textile etc. It should be something that you are proud of making yourself.
  • 1 short paragraph(150 words or less) on what you think about your town of Tuam. The good, the bad, the in-between and what you would like to see happen in the future.

Please submit these by Monday the 30th of May at 5pm to

Please note, no experience in sewing or textiles is needed to apply for this workshop.


The Artist

Kathy Ross  is a multidisciplinary artist and art educator who specialises in textile art. Kathy uses a wide variety of techniques to create  her work, she is particularly interested in themes of ecology and sustainability. Kathy strives to incorporate elements of waste and recycle materials in her artworks to highlight issues such as climate change, fast fashion and environmentalism.  Kathy has exhibited widely throughout the country and works as brand ambassador for industry leaders Janome sewing machines and Aurifil thread manufacturers.

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