Tuesday, February 05, 2013

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THE ROS Tapestry has received a very positive response since it went to Farmleigh House last week.

This year Ireland assumes the Presidency of the European Union and to mark that fact the entire collection of tapestries from the project have been moved to the historic OPW (Office of Public Works) building in Co. Dublin.

A spokesperson for the Tapestry told The Echo the stitchers and volunteers involved with the project are honoured to have their work on display at such a landmark venue.

“This is a tremendous honour to the stitchers and volunteers involved in the making of the tapestries and to Ann Griffin-Bernstorff, creator of the cartoons, and her daughter Alexis who has trained and supervised the stitchers,” she said.

An invitation from the OPW came about as a result of the Gallery Manager at Farmleigh, Sharon Doyle, visiting the Ros Expo centre last summer.

As a work of art the Ros Tapestry is practically unique in Europe and as a document of history it’s invaluable.

When it’s completed it will be the largest group of stitched tapestries in Europe.

The main aim of the panels is to depict the history of New Ross town and in particular it’s relevance in terms of being a Norman site of origin.

As the spokesperson commented: “The importance of New Ross with its Norman origins is the focus of this extraordinary project, which, while being based in New Ross, will be a cultural gift to the nation for many generations.”

Once finished there will be 15 panels in the overall tapestry and to-date 12 have been completed.

(For the full story see this week’s printed edition of The Echo)

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