Hope It Rains

Borrow – Stay Dry – Return

DATE August 2020 - March 2021
LOCATION Galway City
VENUE Galway City Library, Westside Library, Ballybane Library
CREDITS Artists: Sew Last Season
WEBSITE www.hopeitrains.ie
Aengus McMahon

Drop into a Galway City library, borrow a beautifully customised brolly, stay dry when it rains and bring it back for the next person to use. Borrow – Stay Dry – Return is Galway-based social sewing group Sew Last Season’s umbrella sharing scheme, promoting a sharing culture in Galway.

Social sewing group Sew Last Season commissioned by Hope It Rains hand-decorated over 40 umbrellas using fabric and trimmings from clothing donated and unsold to Saint Vincent de Paul shops.  Using a range of techniques including crochet, appliqué, lacework, embroidery, felting and more, each umbrella is completely unique showcasing the skills and styles of a volunteer.

This is a winning entry to the Weatherproof Me! International Design Competition, co-curated with Jeni Roddy, which challenged artists and designers to create wearable designs that embrace Galway’s weather and transform our behaviour in the wind, the rain and the dark.

Share a picture of yourself using a brolly, and tag #Hopeitrains2020, #Galway2020, #SewLastSeason

Partners: Galway City and County Library Services; Cumann na bFhear Men’s Shed