Sarah Browne – A Model Society: Patterns and Thoughts

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Sarah Browne – A Model Society: Patterns and Thoughts

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The publication A Model Society: Patterns and Thoughts contains Lopi knitting patterns that came from two years of conversation between the artist Sarah Browne and people living in Iceland. These knitting patterns contain some of the fragments of these discussions about Icelandic Society that were knitted into the fabric of sweaters and the book illustrates how to knit or adapt these sweaters for yourself. The project A Model Society was orginially commissioned by Site-ations International in 2006 and received further funding from the Arts Council of Ireland. Along with the knitting patterns this publication includes texts by Sarah Browne, Gisli Palsson, WV FanWriter and an interview conversation between Sarah Browne and Tim Moylan. Printed in a  limited edition of 300.









Sarah Browne  
Gisli Palsson  
FanWriter WV  
Tom Moylan  


50  pages
16    colour illustrations
1    b&w illustrations
8.3 x 8.5  
Ring binding  

Published in Ireland by cottagelab.


Related Exhibitions

The Contemporary Art Gallery presented the first North American exhibition by Dublin-based artist Sarah Browne, a survey including the artist’s entry for the 2009 Venice Biennale. Using ‘the economy’ as the basis for her artistic practice, Browne works with small communities of people, documenting resourceful forms of exchange to reveal the hidden social relations that exist in smallscale economic structures, summations of collective intention or desire typically influenced by emotional affects. Within the current context of austerity measures and failing markets, such an undertaking could not be more relevant. By processes such as filmmaking, sculpture and publishing the potential for a more radical resourcefulness is sought as a manifestation of creative opposition to prevailing systems. Vancouver with its immediate history of Vietnam draft dodgers and alternative island lifestyles provided an interesting backdrop for Browne’s work.


Sarah Browne - How To Use Fool's Gold


Related Learning

This video interview with Irish artist Sarah Browne was created by Jessica Foley to coincide with the exhibition ‘How To Use Fool’s Gold’ at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, July 13 to September 2, 2012.


Video | Sarah Browne


Related Learning

Artist Sarah Browne discusses her work with CAG Director Nigel Prince, at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver.


Artist Talk | Sarah Browne


Related Blog Posts

Thank you to everyone who came to Sarah Browne’s talk on Saturday July 14th. We were delighted to welcome an excellent attendance to the gallery.

The event was timed to correspond with Sarah Browne’s exhibition, How To Use Fool’s Gold, which opened on Thursday July 12. During her talk, Browne spoke on the economic structures and social relations that are intrinsic to her work. The exhibition is titled after the work,  How to Use Fool’s Gold (Pyrite Radio) (2012), a crystal radio which collects the broadcasts that fill the air around us, a metaphor for those things of value that go unseen, revealed by a mineral mistaken as a precious commodity. The piece is the first work encountered, visitors are able to listen in on headphones.

This survey exhibition is Dublin-based artist Sarah Browne’s first exhibition in North America, the exhibition continues until September 2, 2012.

A full colour publication How To Use Fool’s Gold, accompanies the exhibition for the special exhibition price of $30. It includes essays by Tessa Giblin, Curator of Visual Arts, Project Arts Centre Dublin and artist Jeremy Millar. Also available are three more publications on Sarah Browne, A Model Society: Patterns & Thoughts, Sarah Browne/IrelandVenice and Lebensreform in Leitrim all available for sale at the gallery. For more information on all the publications visit:


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