Trying to stitch together history
I am artist-in-residence at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh, Co Cork for August and September.
While at Cobh, I hope to travel throughout Ireland recording interviews with women who worked as seamstresses in military parachute factories during the Second World War.
I know that a parachute factory operated during the war in Carrickfergus. I contacted the local heritage centre and they confirmed the factory manufactured military parachutes and decoy dummies for the Allies and after the war, the factory became a wool and worsted yarn mill. It is now an apartment complex for tourists.
Can I ask your readers to tell their mothers, grandmothers, great-aunts, and neighbours about this project? They might have worked as seamstresses or know of someone else who has.
I believe these women provide a very particular memory of history, one that might have easily been forgotten. If you can assist this project in any way, you can contact me at the address below.
CAROLYN SHADID LEWIS
c/o The Old Yacht Club, Cobh, Co Cork,