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The theme of my embroidery identity project was “heritage”. I desperately wanted to stay away from the iconic Irish symbolism. The reason I wished to do this is that each person’s heritage is more than the very place they came from, it’s their experiences, family, friends, and faith. For this project, I embroidered key dates that were significant to me as well as the first verse of an Irish lullaby that was sung to me in my early youth by my mum and grandmum. I also chose to embroider a rosary because my faith is indeed related to my heritage. Without my family, I would not have been involved with Irish Catholicism. My faith is a direct representation of my heritage and connection to my clan. Though not perfectly rendered, this piece carries slight sentimental value, as my grandmum most recently passed away. It was a delight to carry out this project.
In the absence of my twenty stitch embroidery sampler, I must present this ten stitch. Sadly enough, my twenty stitch went missing in mess that is my life quite a while ago and this is my continued practice. Definitely need more practice.
As someone with dual-citizenship, my heritage has become both a deep and large part of who I am today. My family has always encouraged me to embrace who I am and where I come from with enthusiasm and pride. My family, faith, and heritage will always be with me and Éire will always be my home.
All photos taken by Aindriú Lee Haas Yohn