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Bean Laochra Gael

School

Coláiste Bríde, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

Design Description

When the designers saw that a local GAA club was discarding a set of skorts, they knew it was a great opportunity to use them to shine a light on women in sport and the fight for equality, particularly in the GAA, and create an eye-catching statement piece. In line with this idea, the team decided upon the name ‘Bean Laochra Gael” meaning Female Warrior of the Gaels. They used the outer layer of triangles to signify barriers, obstacles, sexism, and misogyny in sport, while the inner layer of circles portrays women and their fight to break down barriers.

Materials Used: Pleated skorts were ironed, hardened with PVA, and cut into strips before being braided and sewn into circles. These were spray painted and sewn onto the top and legs. Machine wrap was cut into various lengths and sewn together to form pyramids. Old freezer baskets were cut up and sewn into the trousers, the pyramids were then sewn onto the trousers. A broken pair of heels, old pair of trousers, and an old t-shirt were used to create this design.

 

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