Rags Boutique & Museum of Liverpool

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The unique mask making workshop showed the Museum of Liverpool how to reclaim last weekend. An onslaught of miniature sized artists, we normally call children, overtook the ground floor space as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival.

Alison Little is the North West based Artist behind the workshop, working across the creative spectrum. Often working around the medium of Textiles, the use of reclaimed materials is key within her practice. In early 2011 she ran a medium term (6 weeks) Arts Project: Rags Boutique. In this, she secured the funding to run the project which consisted of transforming a disused Retail Unit, the Old Paint Shop (Rapid) in Renshaw Street into an exhibition space and workshop venue. This revolved around the theme of fashion from reclaimed materials and was a great success. Liverpool based, working throughout the UK and on occasions internationally. Her initial degree was in 3D Design in which she specialized in plastics as a medium. This is evident in her current practice around the use of heat-sealed technologies for re-working discarded plastic bags. Her working methods vary from hand painting, improvisation of printed digital media to traditional craft practice, all to the highest of standards. She has run workshops for varies Arts Organizations including the Liverpool Independent Art School, Bluecoat Display Centre, Makefest Manchester, The Winter Gardens in Blackpool and most recently for the Liverpool Museum as part of the Irish Festival.

We saw snipping, clipping, sticking in addition to first class creativity in a prime cultural venue which allowed an escape from the gale battering the Liverpool docks.

A glorious day

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Photography credits: (c) E Smith c/o Liverpool Irish Festival, 2017

Liverpool Irish Festival

Museum of Liverpool

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