Aoife Mc Closkey/Nic Bhloscaidh


I enjoy bringing textiles into my classroom and educational aspects into my art. I have great interest in psychology and working with the body. The focus of this project is a personal one. It looks at my own issues with sleep insomnia as a result of my anxiety.
“Art is restoration: the idea is to repair the damages that are inflicted in life, to make something that is fragmented – which is what fear and anxiety do to a person – into something whole” (Louise Bourgeois).
My belief is that through textiles I can make visual what it is like to suffer from such a disorder. This work is about my own experience and is a tool for opening up discussion. My work is a blanket displaying two contradicting states of mind. One side represents childhood and the simplicity of falling asleep, and the contrasting side portrays feelings of discomfort and distress.

Coláiste Eoin agus Íosagáin, Booterstown, Co. Dublin. Scoil Chaitríona, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. Coláiste Eoin, Finglas, Dublin 11.
1. Blanket: Soft Side
  1. Blanket: Soft Side
2. Tactile Samples
  1. Tactile Samples
3. Sleeping on Soft Surfaces
  1. Sleeping on Soft Surfaces
4. Bedtime Stories
  1. Bedtime Stories
5. Low Priorities
  1. Low Priorities
6. Blanket: Harsh Side
  1. Blanket: Harsh Side
7. I Count the Hours
  1. I Count the Hours
8. Morning Alarms
  1. Morning Alarms
9. 1 Week: No Sleep
  1. 1 Week: No Sleep
10. Insomnia Illustrations
  1. Insomnia Illustrations