City workshop to celebrate women of Limerick

WOMEN in Limerick are being celebrated at a special boot camp in the city this weekend.

The Limerick branch of NCCWN (National Collective of Community based Women’s Networks) along with artist group, ‘Fold and Rise’, are hosting a series of creative workshops for women.

The workshops are titled ‘Labour of Love – Craftivist Boot Camp’ and aim to acknowledge the unpaid and unseen labour that women provide through various crafts and activities.

Speaking about the workshops, NCCWN Limerick Women’s Network Coordinator Edel Geraghty says that “this is a wonderful opportunity to have conversations with women about the nature and value of their care work in such an interesting and creative way”.

Maeve Collins and Julie Giffiths, the artists behind Fold and Rise say that “this project was created in response to conversations we’ve been having with women around the caring work they carry out and the values and appreciation we hold around it.

“Labour of Love is about sharing and celebrating the wealth of knowledge we hold as women and acknowledging the hours of unpaid labour left to women, in a way that is fun, thought provoking and engaging,” the Fold and Rise artists continue.

Crafts and activities at the workshop include an intergenerational performance piece inspired by the art of folding sheets, mending rips in clothing to represent repairing tears in the social fabric and making mandalas.

The overall aim of the workshops is to “shine a light on the value of care and celebrate those who deliver it.” The workshops are a women-only space and all levels of crafting abilities are welcome.

Labour of Love – Craftivist Boot Camp will be taking place in FAB Lab on Rutland Street. The workshops will run this Friday, November 29, and Saturday, November 30, from 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm, with a light lunch being provided in between.

To book a place at the workshops contact Edel or Yvie on 061 275970 or 0873283746, or by email

 The project is being funded by Creative Ireland and the Limerick City and County Council.

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