Niamh worked with Ed Prichard on the Common Place project.
Niamh: My first conversation with Ed started with our introductions and sharing stories about our backgrounds, it soon came to light that we were both searching for a sense of home.
For some home is a place, for others it's a feeling, and for me it's a mixture of the two: my own permanent base which will allow me to be who I am and create an environment that reflects me and makes me feel comfortable.
In my early teens I collected images from The Sunday Times Magazine of interior designs, and I thought where better to start this project than with these images which I'd saved of my dream home and the home that I was chasing for all these years, to create a room which doesn't exist in reality. I was quite happy for details to be lost in the etching process as they would be in a memory over time.
Ed: Home should be a place that empowers you and fills you up and sets you free, that's what I'm looking for.
Hiraeth, by Ed Prichard
ravens have stolen
tangled red threads
criss-cross the labyrinth
of past lives and places
I once called home
leading me in diminishing
circles - there is no way back
I must pause here: stand still
let my roots probe beneath
the leafmeal into the
*Hiraeth [Welsh, Celtic origin] Multi-layered word with no direct English translation. Roughly translates as homesickness, overlaid with a deep nostalgia or yearning for a home that you cannot return to, that no longer exists, or perhaps never was.