Borrow – Stay Dry – Return
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Borrow – Stay Dry – Return is an umbrella sharing scheme, to promote a sharing culture in Galway. 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.

This is Galway-based social sewing group Sew Last Season’s winning entry to the Weatherproof Me! International Design Competition, 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.

Sew Last Season hand-decorated over 40 umbrellas using fabric and trimmings from clothing which had been donated to Saint Vincent de Paul shops and which had remained unsold. They used a range of techniques including crochet, appliqué, lacework, embroidery, felting and more. Each umbrella is completely unique, and showcases the skills and styles of a volunteer.

Cumann na bFhear volunteers from the Sandy Road Mens’ Sheds customised special drop-pots for holding the umbrellas at the libraries.


Sew Last Season is a sewing community based in Galway city, that promotes inclusion through sustainability and creativity. The group redesign old clothes and fabrics into new and wonderful things. Supported by Saint Vincent de Paul and Galway City Partnership, they are open to all who wish to join.

Ealaíontóir | Artist

Sew Last Season

Bernadette Bruton; Sarah Conneely; Gloria Edorh; Catherine Hession; Deirdre Kennedy; Aisling O’Rourke; Bernadette Porter; Maria Porter; Agnes Rosberga; Phil Stankard.

Drop-Pot: Cumann na bhFear, Sandy Road


Áit | Location

Galway City Library, Westside Library, Ballybane Library


Dáta | Date

2.3.20 – 30.6.20


Do chách | for all


Arna choimeádú ag | Curated by

Ríonach Ní Néill, Jeni Roddy


Buíochas le | Thanks to

Galway City Libraries