Blooming Bunting

Blooming Bunting

An experimental venture, Co. Dublin

Blooming Bunting is inspired by a belief that everything we do has an impact on our environment. Trusting in community spirit, Blooming Bunting is an experimental venture, conceived by visual artist Ashleigh Downey. Instigated by a desire to work on projects that were both meaningful and inclusive, Ashleigh developed an initiative that brings about environmental awareness, inspires creativity, and encourages social interaction. Through this project Ashleigh looks to present an inclusive project that will make a creative contribution to the community; an initiative that allows for spontaneity, encourages green thinking, and hopefully make the world that little bit brighter in the process.

The intention for Blooming Bunting is to unite a worldwide community by providing a platform and presenting projects that everyone can take-part in. Blooming Bunting believes in building connections between humans and our natural world. It celebrates biodiversity, sustainability, creativity and community spirit.

Blooming Bunting planted its’ first seed in May 2015 with The Hanging Gardens of Dublin; launched as part of BloomFringe 2015.

The Hanging Gardens of Dublin_poster

Setting out believing in the kindness of people, Blooming Bunting launched The Hanging Gardens of Dublin as an experimental venture. Presented as a creative, green, community inclusive project, Blooming Bunting called for ‘nature inspired’ bunting to help enliven and transform a dreary lane beside Dublin Castle. With the help of community spirit, and an incredible positive response, we transformed this lane into a bunting filled, nature inspired, colourful hanging garden. With generous support and beautiful bunting this experimental venture has sewn a seed. . .

Who was this project for?
Everyone! People of all ages and abilities.
Friends, family, the general public, community groups, youth groups, schools, afterschool groups, play groups, disability groups, active retirement groups, nature lovers, environmentalists, scientists, writers, explorers, crafters, knitters, and absolutely anyone who wishes to connect.

Date: Friday 29th May – Monday 1st June

This project would not be possible without community spirit and the generous contributions from the following, wonderful people:

Blooming Bunting Gardeners
Grace Carew, Catherine Carton, Marcela Cristina, Jacinta Connolly, Dublin Knit Collective, The Czerniak Family, Laura De Burca, Gina Faustino, Lorraine Fitzgerald, Betty Forristal, Denise Forristal, Sofie Forristal, , Maria Gonzales, Tuathla Green, Anna Harris, Deirdre Harte, , Hester Heuff, Mary-Anne Jordan, Esther Kiernan, The LKSB Crafters, Miriam McEvoy, Olivia McEvoy, Niamh Moloney, Sheila Morris, Virginia Nitz, Tracy Owen-Griffiths, O.T. Rehab Art & Crafts Group – Dublin North City Mental Health Service (D.N.C.M.H.S), Ailbhe Cantwell , Beth O’Halloran, Aighleann O’Shaughnessy, Leonie Quinn, Caroline Shaw, Liz Sides, Arran Smyth, Gabrielle Smyth, Jetta Smyth, Linda Stafford, Yvonne Stewart, Sunflower Recycling Centre, Hazel Temple-Davies, Mary Tobin, Miriam Traynor, Niamh Traynor, Alessandro Ubirajara, Abi Vincent, Christina Vogelsang, Suzie G Walls, Annette Walsh

Garden Angels
Bloom Fringe, Anthony Burke – AMC Branding, Sandra Dunne – Green Party, Maurice Black, Julie Cathcart, Theresa Czerniak, Fionnuala & Kate – Scarecrow Flowers, Dee Harte, Ian Huet, Hypno Puppet, Michael McDermott – Custom Gardens, Rosemary Murphy – The Constant Knitter, Dara Connolly – ReCreate, John Shevlin – Shevlin Millinery, Christina Vogelsang

Find out more about Blooming Bunting on, Facebook/BloomingBunting, & Twitter/BloomingBunting