For the nourishment of our creative spirit
NIAL O'NEILL ARCHITECT BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND
Nial O’Neill has traveled widely and has tutored architecture at the University of Ottawa Canada and Queens University Belfast. He is a Chartered Architect and Director in Donnelly O Neill since 1992. Much of Nial’s recent energies have been directed toward community projects. Nials key skill is an ability to assimilate multiple client needs and integrate these into the briefing process, particularly in large complex projects. He recently completed the Skainos Project in East Belfast, Northern Ireland. This new £16.0m urban village regeneration scheme comprises community facilities, family centre, crèche, worship offices and and other activities undertaken by East Belfast Mission in the heart of the urban core. Nial’s work on Skainos has brought a fresh insight into community design that fosters education, meeting the needs of people on the fringes, providing housing for the homeless and a space to build spiritual relationships.
Nial is Director of don architects and a Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. For more of Nial’s projects and information about don go to Donnelly O Neill Architects.
Art and creativity have the power to transform lives and communities. Can art help us change our lens to see beauty and love in our world? Where have you experienced love in your world? I will be sharing with you examples of art and love transforming people and communities. If you would like to share some of your work and experiences, please let me know. Hope to see you. Chuck
KRISTI SWEE KUDER FIBER ARTIST SAINT PAUL
“...for the proper functioning of the mesh of our ideals, the holes are just as important as the mesh.” -Robert Musil
A woven material typically found in hardware stores and farm supply centers for filtration and bug prevention, wire mesh is not what comes to mind when one thinks of fiber. But it’s in the delicately suspended thread of wire after unraveling the weave that I become absorbed. Like natural fibers, wire mesh can be unraveled, frayed, stitched, layered, and embellished.
Because this medium has a unique quality of both reflecting and filtering light, the vessels I create are very subtle and sensual with airiness and transparency. Frayed edges add to their expressiveness. Each piece is a veiled membrane that creates ambiguity and beckons one to look closer and deeper. I also appreciate the contrast between the smooth surface which begs to be touched and the prickly harsh edges which can draw blood if not handled properly. I feel these qualities lend themselves to a feminine voice.
I’m fascinated with the interplay between what we choose to keep private (hidden within) and what is public (exposed). Where and when do we draw the line? There’s no question the internet has played a major role in how much we know about the lives of others and how much they know about ours. We have hundreds of “friends” on Facebook who “like” us. We’re LinkedIn to our coworker’s husband’s distant nephew who can track our relationships all the way back through high school. Our YouTube video reveals our most embarrassing moments. How authentic is all this and what does that say about us as a society? This is what I want to address through my artmaking.
Art and creativity have the power to transform lives and communities. Can art help us change our lens to see beauty and love in our world? Where have you experienced love in your world? We will be sharing with you examples of art and love transforming people and communities. If you would like to share some of your work and experiences, please let us know. Hope to see you. Chuck + Peg