‘From Hand to Cloth’ is an exhibition from the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum featuring the work of contemporary Batik artist Mary Lee Murphy. The exhibition opened in January 2020, although its successful run in the Museum was cut short by the Covid-19 Pandemic. But, just because the Museum is closed it does not mean you cannot enjoy this fabulous display. Check out the virtual tour of the exhibition above, and share your thoughts with us.
About the Artist
Mary Lee Murphy is a visual artist working through the medium of wax resist and dye. She has explored this medium for the last thirty years, and over this time has developed her unique contemporary approach. She draws her inspiration directly from nature and also from traditional Indonesian Batik. The background to her work involves many hours drawing in the landscape in Connemara and more recently in her garden in Sligo, both these locations influencing her work, and the subsequent development of her textile pieces. Mary was born in Waterford City and went to Sligo to study Fine Art, where she continues to work in her countryside studio. Mary’s work has been widely acclaimed throughout Ireland, having exhibited in fifteen solo shows to date, and numerous group, open submission and invited exhibitions in Ireland and abroad. This exhibition is Mary’s first in Northern Ireland and features 15 original pieces on cotton, silk and linen woven in the Museum’s weaving workshop.