Borders, Miranda Blennerhassett

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These books, entitled ‘Borders’, are inspired by the Icelandic sjónabók manuscripts – ten handmade books that survive from the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries detailing hundreds of embroidery designs. These historic records of patterns were painstakingly drawn and painted and then shared between friends and families.  This democratic sharing of forms, gives everyone the opportunity to create and develop their own designs. The pages in these books continue this handmade approach and show a selection of border patterns that can be used for embroidering fabric or knitting.


Gold leaf and carbon paper on mount board


20pp. | 95 x 95mm


Miranda Blennerhassett was born in Scotland and now lives and works in Dublin. She received her MFA from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and her BA from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, Scotland.

Select exhibitions include: ‘Cathedral Windows’, Einszueins, Berlin, 2020; ‘Staring Forms’, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, 2019; ‘Sixteen Memos for the Next Millennium’, NARS Foundation, New York, 2018; ‘Jealous Wall’, Luan Gallery, Athlone, 2017; ‘The Headless City’ Tulca, Galway, 2016; ‘What is and What Might Be’, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, 2015, ‘Evident Care’, The Suttie Arts Space, Aberdeen, 2015

Select residencies include: MASS MoCA, Massachusetts; NARS, New York; SIM, Reykjavik; Ballinglen Arts Centre, Mayo.