A sunny June evening, lots of vistors - including the Portuguese Ambassador, Bernardo Futscher Pereira and his engaging wife, who I wish I'd had more time to chat to - attended the VISUAL Carlow Materialisation: Mapping the Making opening.
Only hours before, I'd been primping and puffing the last few bits of the installation. The very weight of the cape means it has to be sewn shut to stop it slipping off the dummy.
I know it's my own insanity played out in public, but every stitch and shell and fringe must be in exactly the right place for me to feel balanced.
A short film plays at the entrance to the gallery documenting each of our progressions through the project.
Alongside my sculpture, a vitrine shows examples of my practice and materials - how I dye, spin, throw, fire and make every element of my work. (One friend joked that she wouldn't put it past me to know the sheeps' names. That is taking it a bit far....although I could name each of the Alpapcas I've met if I tried hard to remember...)
When I'm working, I feel like an alchemist, adding a little of this and a little of that to make the perfect potion combination. So I put all my base materials in little apothecary jars.
The opening was a great success, with 400 visitors, and many more set to stream through the gallery during its run.
It's open until the 31st August, is free, and is well worth a visit. Vasconcelos' work is AMAZING!