Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Heart and Hearth

Bog Cotton - Photo Sadie Cramer
Bog road- photo Sadie Crammer
Turf - Shrule - photo Sadie Cramer

Bog road -Shrule Photo Sadie Cramer

Bog Cotton - Shrule  photo Sadie Cramer

Shrule - Photo Sadie Cramer

Beautiful bog cotton - Shrule Photo Sadie Cramer

There's deep heart healing in the bog.


Monday, 11 June 2018

Bookworms Children's Literature Festival Roscommon 2018

It's been a while since I did any school visits but was delighted to return to Roscommon for their annual Bookworms Children's Literature Festival and visited:

Gaelscoil de Hide,

Fuerty and Ballagh National Schools.

Thank you to the teachers for allowing me dive bomb their class rooms on a sweltering day and thank you to the children for their innate wisdom. I'm always astounded by the brilliance in our schools and always learn way more than I actually impart myself. There truly are some incredible minds out there and feel very lucky to have encountered so many great ideas and stories. 

Good luck to sixth class pupils as they move on to secondary school. 

Enjoy the summer holidays everyone. 

Sadie Xx

Happy House

Happy House
On the school bus everyday as a tiny girl, our daughter would pass this house and everyday an old man would stand at his front gate and wave to the children as they passed by. She never saw him anywhere else other than this setting and always waved back as it was part of her journey; part of her day. 

Then one day he disappeared, she can't remember it being significant but somehow she didn't wave anymore and he was no longer at his gate

Of course the old man has since passed away, yet his house remains un lived in and every summer there's a profusion of daisies spilling out of the garden onto the paths and surrounds. 
It just beams with happiness. 

Friday, 1 June 2018

From the heart - Candlelight Vigil Belfast City Hall

Such a beautiful and deeply emotional evening at Belfast City Hall. 
We heard extremely powerful testimony from three survivors and its potency lingers. 

Peter Mulryan, Rosaleen Rogers Sadie Cramer

We were blessed with an incredible sunny day and so the evening was perfectly dry for circling the building with lit candles (an idea from one of the security guards) 
Many thanks to everyone who took the time and effort to travel all that way  and contribute:

Belfast City Council for their kind generosity in allowing us to use City Hall
Paul who played the Uilleann pipes so movingly throughout
Eunan Duffy
Phil Scraton
Breeda Murphy
Nuala Flynn
Pauline Cunningham 
Val McNamara
Pete Mullins - such powerful contributions from everyone. Thank you. 

Below are some prep photos. I didn't take anymore once the event was in full swing as it never feels right to me but I'm sure some will start to surface in the following days. 

We had the option of setting up outside but it seemed more symbolic to create a site specific installation inside. In the heart of the building. At the heart of civic activity. Not on the fringes where survivors are always kept.   
Bog cotton, turf and candles to represent heart and hearth, all that's buried and the bog meadow babies in Belfast. There's deep healing in peat soil. 

More later. Sadie Xx

From the heart - Belfast City Hall
Entrance hall- Belfast City Hall 
Candles and bog cotton


Home Baby

This is part of a larger body of work from the past two year's engagement with the Tuam Home Survivors and is fragments of testimony from public broadcasts pieced together. A homage to their ongoing quest for justice. 
Please share widely Xx

#tuambabies #mothers