Artist displays hope through eyes of children

Angela Cole (left) of McConnell's Funeral Service and artist Heather Burgess.
Angela Cole (left) of McConnell's Funeral Service and artist Heather Burgess.

Carrick artist Heather Burgess has created a collage of children’s drawings which is on show in the foyer of McConnell’s funeral service.

McConnell’s had invited all the local primary schools to take part in an art competition at Easter based on the theme of hope and new life.

A collage has been created from the children's work.

A collage has been created from the children's work.

Funeral arranger Angela Cole said: “This artwork was displayed on the walls of the church during a short memorial service of ‘Hope and Inspiration’ which was open to anyone who had lost a loved one.

“The children’s artwork was inspirational and everyone who attended the service commented on it and the benefits of spending time looking at hope and new life through the eyes of a child.

“We felt that we would love to capture this theme of hope and have it displayed in our funeral home on a permanent basis and we approached local artist Heather Burgess who agreed to create a collage of the children’s drawings which is now permanently displayed in the entrance foyer for all to see.

Textile artist Heather Burgess, runs her craft business Rag Button in her spare time and enjoys taking on small projects like this collage, which she said, which has been “lovely to create so that all the hard work put in by the children, into their drawings could be captured and displayed in a permanent arrangement”.

Children's artwork on show at McConnell's in Carrick.

Children's artwork on show at McConnell's in Carrick.

Heather works with many materials and is drawn to traditional textiles and techniques. Hand stitching and quilts inspire her work. Heather uses local materials as much as possible and Irish linen is the main fabric used in her products.