Thread softly festival of stitch is a collaboration between Trudy Carmody of Experiencing Laois and Angelina Foster of Angelina’s Art Ventures.
Trudy is an experienced tour guide and specialist for Heritage in Schools. Angelina received the first ever Design Leader As Gaeilge accreditation by the Business All Stars Programme in 2018, and has a background in Fine Art Printmaking, specialising in screen-printing. She is a member of the Blackstack Print Studio in Kilkenny, Peannáirí and the Design Craft Council of Ireland.
They joined forces upon seeing a growing interest in craft experiences in Ireland’s Ancient East through both of their work practices. Trudy has researched the Quaker history and legacy, and Angelina teaches screenprinting to textile artists. They acknowledge that the functionality of traditional lace making has changed over the years and hope to include a number of contemporary twists in their programme.
Trudy and Angelina have developed a programme with Mountmellick Museum who work hard preserving and promoting Mountmellick Work.