Wednesday, 21 February 2024

Textile Details

Northern Ireland arpillera: Locomotive 'Otter'. (Photo: Deborah Stockdale)
Northern Ireland arpillera: Locomotive 'Otter'. (Photo: Deborah Stockdale)


Title of Textile:Locomotive 'Otter'
Maker: Geraldine Brady, Carnlough group
Country of Origin: Northern Ireland
Year Produced: 2013
Size (cm): 30cm (w) x 50cm (l)
Materials: A mixture of natural and man made fabrics on a natural fabric backing
Type of Textile: Arpillera

Geraldine invites us to journey with the steam locomotive the “Otter.” It was acquired in 1898 and transported materials from the Tullyoughter limestone quarry to the Whiting Mill via a three kilometre long railway line, crossing Carnlough River on a trestle bridge. Department of the Environment NI, (January 1981) "Carnlough Conservation area", (p13)

Geraldine stitched this arpillera during workshops linked to the exhibition Stitching and Unstitching the Troubles I and II, 2012/2013.

In these weekly workshops, women had the opportunity through the medium of textile, to explore and record their memories of this tumultuous period in Northern Ireland; The Troubles.

Owner: Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Museum Collection
Location: Coleraine Museum, Northern Ireland
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Deborah Stockdale
Provenance: Conflict Textile facilitated workshops, as part of "Stitching and Unstitching The Troubles" phase 1 & 2, 2012/2013.

Textile exhibited at: Stitching and Unstitching The Troubles-phase 2, 13/04/2013 - 29/06/2013
Stitching and Unstitching The Troubles II, 6/12/2013 - 22/02/2014

Textile Detail Image(s)

  Department of the Environment NI, (January 1981)
Carnlough Conservation area