Nature’s Palette: Carnlough group dive into Hapa-Zome Creativity

The Culturally Creative Communities project, spearheaded by Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust in partnership with Age NI Living Well Moyle and Armstrong Storytelling Trust, is revolutionising the approach to cultural preservation and intergenerational connection through creative expression. With generous support from the National Lottery, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and Tourism NI, this endeavour is making significant strides in enhancing the lives of older adults by providing enriching experiences.  

At the heart of this innovative project lies the goal of promoting positive mental health and emotional well-being through engagement in creative activities ranging from arts and crafts to culinary arts, song, and storytelling. Notably, on Wednesday, 17th April, an over 55’s group from Carnlough had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of textiles and Hapa-Zome printing under the guidance of esteemed textile artist Angela Turkington of “Leopard & Lily”. 

Hapa-Zome, the enchanting art of creating prints with the natural pigments found in leaves and flowers, offered participants a window into the myriad possibilities that creativity holds. 

Margaret McMullan, a participant from the Carnlough group, shared her enthusiasm: “It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to get involved in local projects and establish new relationships with organisations like the Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust to gain new skills and knowledge, whilst having fun.” 

This workshop is one among many activities facilitated by the Culturally Creative Communities project, aiming to connect older individuals to various forms of creativity. Through these engagements, the project underscores the cognitive and emotional benefits of participating in creative pursuits.  

Moreover, it actively promotes intergenerational exchange, enriching the lives of older adults while offering invaluable learning opportunities. 

The Culturally Creative Communities project not only preserves and enhances local cultural heritage but also builds meaningful connections across generations, proving that creativity knows no age. Following the success of the recent Ceramics workshop with Fiona Shannon, Chocolate workshop in Castlerock, the Watercolour Painting workshop with Audrey Kyle and the Afternoon of local stories and song with Colin Urwin, the project continues to offer a variety of engaging activities designed to inspire and connect community members of all ages. 

For more information on upcoming workshops and how your group can participate in the Culturally Creative Communities project, please contact Tiérna Mullan / (07595413239) 

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