A Journeys in Design Wild Weaving Workshop took place at the Ulster Folk Museum on Thursday 15 October, hosted by National Museums Northern Ireland (NMNI). The one and a half hour event included a walk to gather materials and a short mindfulness session, followed by a weaving workshop for complete beginners. The event was led by Curator Dr John Ennis and NMNI weaver Roisin Aiston. NMNI Volunteering and Participation Manager Helen Connolly welcomed volunteers to the event and invited them to get involved and reconnect. Dr John Ennis introduced the concept of wild weaving, explaining the meditative quality of weaving and walking. NMNI weaver Roisin Aiston led the walk and then gave guidance and inspiration for the wild weaving session.

After the event weaver Roisin Aiston said “I love giving the same instructions and seeing twelve different pieces together at the end. It was amazing.”
Feedback included the following comments

“It was like having the countryside woven into the morning,” said Lorna

“Nice and peaceful and to have people around you. Makes me feel much more alive again,” said Rurai

“Lovely day and way to get back into the Museum. First time weaving with natural materials, really fun & free,” said Claire

“I really enjoyed it. The walk & the weaving,” said Tim

“It was a nice way to switch off & relax. Focus on the weaving and switch off from real life,” said Aimee

“I loved it. I like art and painting but I would never have thought of doing anything like this,” said Angela

“It was a cracker! Really enjoyed myself,” said Marion

“Fun and interesting morning. I loved the deep russet and the heather colours,” said Carie

“All we had to do was pick stuff, weave stuff & chat. No pressure,” said weaver Roisin Aiston.