Cork Craft and Design New Members October Edition

With Octobers end fast approaching, it is with great excitement that we share with you Cork Craft and Design new members. Today we will be showcasing work from a range of disciplines including Jewellery Making, Textiles, Mixed Media, Woodwork & Furniture Making.

Jurate Lasuke the creator behind JuLas Jewellery hails from Lithuania and has made her home in JuLas Jewellery, Cork Craft October MakerCork. Jurate has a real passion for jewellery, particularly jewellery created using the Soutage technique. This technique opens a wide possibility in creating gorgeous one of a kind work  and communicate with personalities of her clients and develop a unique work of art that is consistent with their unique characters. Jurate has found that the vibrant history of Cork has given her an amazing background for creating and formulating ideas.

 

Elements of Action is a collaborative design practice working in furniture design, landscape architecture and project management. Esther and Ed combine design and a love of materiality and Irish landscape with a background in construction and stone masonry. Both are designers, makers and Landscape Architects and bring skills in product design, specialist stonemasonry, landscape architecture and project management. The handcrafted furniture celebrates the simplicity of two elements, natural local materials of wood with stone or metals.

We all know someone out there with a fun loving and beautiful mans best friend and we’re here to introduce you to the wonderful creator of ‘Irish Dog Designs’. Ursula McGrath is a highly skilled, experienced and artistically-creative knitwear designer who has worked in the wonderful world of wool/designing and knitting for over 25 years. Ursula launched her first own collection ‘Irish Dog Designs’ in 2019, which is  a range of Irish handmade canine jackets. All pieces are made with special attention to detail and pieces can also be made to order.

Next we have the beautiful work by Yolzari Sheena who has created an exceptionally popular range of creatively up-cycled vinyl records. Yolzari created ‘Wreck the Record‘ in 2014 and has seen major success in both Ireland and abroad. The work incorporates a wide spectrum of your favourite pop culture alongside the best of Irish culture including the household staple Barrys tea.

 

Kinsale based Anthony Scannell who set up Coppicework in 2018. Anthony the man behind the Wood is a woodturner and also makes beautiful hazel walking sticks all in Kinsale.

To round up this talented bunch is Cork Craft maker Angelo Panza of Wood Village Carvings. Angelo creates beautiful carvings on a range of wood based materials including roots and branches from the surrounding areas.

 

Cork Craft & Design October Makers

As we continue traipsing through October we are delighted to share with you our New Cork Craft & Design  October Makers. This month we are bringing you creators who specialise in Ceramics, Textiles, Glass, Jewellery & Print.

Brendan Ryan is a ceramicist who after many years working in different careers, returned to college to

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study art in Crawford College of Art and Design. There, he discovered his passion for ceramics. In 2018 Brendan worked in the International Ceramic Studios, Kecskemet, Hungary. He has hand built and thrown his forms and by using lines and marks, he explores the qualities of this landscape and his connection to it. Brendan works from his home studio in Whitechurch Co Cork.

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Orla O’ Rourke is the creator behind Stable Door Pottery which first opened in 2005 in Dunmanway. Since then Orla has opened another studio in Shanagarry and Lisgoold. Cork with its inspirational scenery is the base for all of her work. Everything is handmade with great care and detail showcasing Ireland’s natural beauty through ceramics.

 

Aleks Designs which is based in West Cork, takes inspiration from the beautiful natural Irish landscape. Aleksandra creates stylish, timeless and quality felt fashion accessories. She uses the highest quality materials, such as Australian merino wool, silk, and natural fibres. Her contemporary collections are distinguished by their rich mixture of colours and materials and textures.

Gaby Aubin joins us on the shop floor under the name Grange Glass. Gaby is trained as a stained glass artist living and working in West Cork. She makes her pieces from original designs which are influenced by nature and local fauna. Gaby prefers to work with copper foil which allows for finer detail and inclusion of many different colours and textures of glass in a given piece.

 

Cork Craft & DesignHannah McGrenera beautiful work under Saw Framed materialised in November 2019 when she combined her love ink drawings and jewellery. Her creations are a celebration of differences and uniqueness. All her jewellery is hand made in my workshop in Bealnablath Co. Cork with 925 sterling silver. She hopes her creations may enhance  a part of your fun loving life or/and brightens up your day.

Jill Cotter is the creator of CorkIDoodleDo. Jill lives with her family up on top of a hill between Monkstown and Passage. Between school runs she can be found in her studio under heaps of paper and markers, delighted and grateful to be there. Her prints are presented, on 310 gsm paper, in Irish-made, solid wooden frames. The intention of her work is to strengthen your connections with the places you love.

Jim Turner creates beautiful ceramics in West Cork where he is sharing a studio with Etain Hickey. A former part-time lecturer on sculpture and ceramics in Rossa College, (Cork College of Commerce Campus), Skibbereen.  An award winner of the Crafts Council of Ireland ‘Excellence in Making’ award and the Irish Contemporary Ceramics Award, his work is in many collections, including the Crafts Council of Ireland and the Office of Public Works. Etain Hickey, Jim’s wife has decorated the work that is on the shop floor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Irish Craft Makers for September

A new month in Cork Craft and Design brings New Irish Craft Makers for September. This September is a particularly exciting one as we welcome nine new Cork Craft Makers to the Shop.

Suzanne O’Sullivan is featured in Cork Craft and Design for the first time. Her glass studio is nestled amongst the rolling hills of North Cork, overlooking the beautiful Blackwater Valley. Her surroundings and nature strongly influence her work.  Glass plays with light and colour like no other material, this combined with strong lines and shapes feature in her more abstract designs and jewellery. Glass is truly captivating, since graduating with a B.A in Fine Art she has been happily working, playing and training nationally and internationally in glass for nearly twenty years.

Siofra Holyland is a recipient of the EMERGE award. EMERGE is awarded to recent graduates and offers membership to the collective and retail experience within our Craft and Design Shop here in Douglas. Siofra is a Graduate of Crawford College of Art and Design. She enjoys experimenting with different textures and exploring the endless possibilities of colour and pattern. Her textile designs feature, scarves, prints and lampshades and are available exclusively for the month of September.

John McCarthy‘s flowing wood turned forms are back in the shop. We have work featuring sleek bowls, delicate rings holders and the beautiful Wine Butler which featured recently in our Cork Craft Month Collaboration ‘Taste for Craft’ with the traders of The English Market. John produces functional and artistic work from his workshop in Nohoval, Co. Cork. He uses locally sourced timber that has come from trees that have been felled by storms or as a result of disease.

Nutty and Sweet Design was born in late 2019 as a passion to create original home ware and gifts, inspired by nature, family and good home cooking! Made by Iryna, a graphic designer and full time Mum, Nutty and Sweet Design features a beautiful range home-wares with swirling and colourful patterns such as tea towels and recipe cards, which make the perfect for any Foodie.

Pat Murphy of CK53 Designs creates a range of contemporary wooden gifts for the home. His ‘CK53 Design’ brand was born in the picturesque village of Kildorrery in north Cork. His work is stylish, yet practical and gives  a modern interpretation of traditional wooden items. Including items such as, butter knives, chopping boards and his beautiful triangle feature lamp. Pat, a self taught woodworker, has developed and honed his collection over the past number of years. Working with sustainable hardwoods, Pat strives to capture the natural colour of the more exotic woods, providing a fabulous accent to his bespoke pieces.

Molly Ellis is the needle felt artist behind the Irish wildlife brand The Wild Felter. She always had an affinity with wildlife and it seemed like a natural progression to use raw materials from animals as her tools. She creates needle felted originals and her work has also developed to providing high quality and affordable ranges of cards, prints, paperweights and more depicting Ireland’s most loved wildlife.

Kathryn Smyth is a jewellery maker from Cork City, now living outside Midleton, East Cork, where her studio is located. She creates unique art pieces and what she calls “mini wearable sculptures” (jewellery), in gold, sterling silver & bronze. Her work captures movement and wonder, and with something to suit everyone, from pendants to earrings, her jewellery makes the perfect gift.

Barbara Hall creates exquisite jewellery, from bracelets to earrings. Her handcrafted jewellery is made with freshwater pearls, semi-precious stones and sterling silver. Her inspiration comes from her maritime base. You can find a large selection of her treasures in one of our jewellery cabinets.

The detailed work of Kilcoe Studios returns to the shop. Kilcoe Studios is based near Skibbereen, Co Cork. Sonia’s interest in the extensive range of wild plants and trees in Ireland and also marine life and insects, gives her the inspiration on which to base her illustrations of nature. We are very excited to have the beautifully illustrated Calendar for 2021 along with some other beautiful work such as cards and prints.

Be sure to pop into us at Cork Craft and Design in Douglas to see the full range of treasures available from these new Irish Craft Makers for September. See you there!

It’s a Wrap!

It’s a wrap on Cork Craft Month 2020! With Cork Craft Month 2020 now behind us, we here at Cork Craft and Design would like to thank each and everyone one of you from the bottom of our hearts. From the event organizers, to the supporters and members of the public who tuned in to watch all of our online events and activities as part of  Cork Craft Month 2020.

Adapting to this year’s approach was no easy feat but everyone responded with resilience and we all embraced being pushed outside our comfort zone .

Cork Craft Month celebrates all things craft and design. This annual celebration every August is an opportunity to showcase the wealth of talent and skill there is in Cork across a range of craft and design disciplines.

Cork Craft Month is coordinated by Cork Craft & Design (CCD), a voluntary organisation of over 100 Cork-based craftspeople. As an umbrella group for professional craft makers in Cork, their goal is to make Cork city and county a recognised centre of excellence for making, seeing, collecting, buying and learning about contemporary craft.

The aim of Cork Craft Month is to bring together makers, communities, families, organisations, collectors, and enthusiasts, to build awareness about the value of the craft tradition in Ireland, as well as a showcase of craft and its people. For more updates check out the Cork Craft Month Instagram page.

Cork Craft Month is also a vehicle to ensure we continue to preserve, encourage and nurture the special skills of the people working in the craft sector. We needed to adapt our usual organisational approach to Cork Craft Month, as we moved many of our demonstrations and events online. In such unprecedented times we couldn’t be prouder to have achieved all of this for Cork Craft Month 2020.

We would like to thank you for joining us throughout Cork Craft Month, your support is so important to us. It’s a wrap on Cork Craft Month 2020! We are looking forward to the excitement of Cork Craft Month 2021. We will see you there!

 

Cork Craft & Design’s Showcase Exhibition Virtual Tour

For those who were unable to travel to visit Cork Craft & Design’s Showcase Exhibition in Ballydehob as part of Cork Craft Month, we have created on insightful virtual tour. Cork Craft & Design’s Showcase Exhibition virtual tour of the exhibition allows us to share in the magic of this stunning exhibition from the comfort of your own home. This years exhibition explores the theme of sustainability and environmentally conscious thinking.

Curator Tomasz Madajczak has guided us through the exhibition space, with the voice of the artists themselves explaining their work, their working processes and their inspiration. You can find out more about the event here.

We are excited to have an International element to our Showcase Exhibition this year, with Australian Artist Pattie Beerens work ‘Mattering Happening’. This work is a performative collaboration which occurred in Ireland and in Australia. While Curator Tomasz Madajczak created this piece indoors from Patties concept, Pattie created a version outdoors in Australia at the same time from the same concept. Tomaszs piece is on display in the space in the Working Artists Studio Exhibition Space in Ballydehob, and is accompanied by video footage of Patties work.

The exhibition is aiming to create a visual dialogue between craftsmen, makers and designers describing their approach to the biggest questions of our times. How can we sustain ourselves without exploiting the planet from its resources? You can experience the Cork Craft Month Showcase Exhibition virtual tour yourself here.

Acquiring a ‘Taste for Craft’

In a first for Cork Craft Month, Makers from Cork Craft and Design have teamed with food traders from The English Market. In ‘Taste for Craft’-Craft and Craft Food Collaboration, each Maker has been carefully paired with a Food Trader from the Market and takes place on the Social Media accounts of The English Market Traders.

In the first collaboration, The Chocolate Shop paired with Tony Farrell. The rich colour tones of Tony’s beautiful Ash Plate complement the rich tones of our dark chocolate. The plate works as the most amazing plate to share the tasting pleasures of various tasters of dark chocolate as an after dinner sweet the melt on your tongue. With two sizes available- 20cm and 26cm diameter- their are no limitations to the amount of chocolate one could taste.

In the second collaborations, Maki Sushi paired with Martin Horgan of Craftek. We combined Cratek’s amazing Wu Tong chopsticks with Maki Sushi’s vibrant Poké Bowl. This pairing of Craft and Craft Food proved to be an extremely successful match. Martin’s Wu Tong chopsticks are aimed at those of us who struggle with chopsticks and Asian eating customs, giving them that little bit of help with the technique. The chopsticks are made from American Black Walnut and are 25cm long.

Who doesn’t love boiled eggs and toast in the morning? O’Sullivan’s Poultry paired with Ceramacist Siobhain Steele in the third event. Displaying the exciting collaborative nature of O’Sullivan’s delicious free-range eggs and Siohain Steele’s delicately decorated egg cups, which are inspired by the nature around her.

Name a better combination than cheese and crackers? Cheese from On the Pig’s Back and CK53 Design’s Kildorrery Butter Knife of course! In the third installment we paired CK53 Design’s walnut Butter Knife with On the Pig’s Back’s delectable cheese. The knife is suitable for butter and soft cheese so it is the perfect accompaniment for your favourite On the Pig’s Back cheese.  Pat, from CK53 Design crafts each knife by hand from the natural wood. His family have a rich history in craft food and being from a region in Ireland renowned for its fine dairy produce it was a natural fit to pair CK53 Design with the renowned On the Pig’s Back.

 

 

We took an exciting trip to visit O’Flynn’s Gourmet Sausages in their sister shop on Winthrop Street to take some exciting foodie pictures with on of Brendan Ryan’s ceramic bowls. The craftsmanship of Brendan Ryan’s hand-thrown and Raku-fired bowls is echoed in the craftsmanship of the sausages made by O’Flynn’s Gourmet Sausage.  O’Flynn’s had two dishes on the menu- a salad bowl, packed with mixed leaves, red cabbage coleslaw, chopped peppers and sliced gherkins with their Spicy Mediterranean sausage being the star of the show. Second on the menu was a traditional ‘Pure Cork’ dish- Bangers and Mash. Made with sausages, creamy mash, peas and drizzled with gravy this is the perfect hearty dish. O’Flynn’s Gourmet Sausages have a wonderful blog post on the collaboration and will be sharing their recipes for these dishes on their website very soon!

This series of collaborations is in eight parts. With three in the series remaining, they are not to be missed! Stay tuned to the Events section on our website to see what is coming up next in the ‘Taste for Craft’-Craft and Craft Food Collaboration.

A ‘Crafty’ Partnership for Northern Ireland and Cork

Northern Ireland silversmith Claire Mooney and Cork ceramic and glass artist Bernadette Tuite are the first artists to take part in a collaboration between Cork Craft & Design and Craft Northern Ireland (NI).

These selected members from each of the organisations are visiting the other’s region and exhibiting their work there this month. This is part of the craft months currently running in both locations.

Claire produces heirloom objects that reflect natural landscapes and traditions. Her most recent collection, Rocky Hill Collection, is inspired by the dry stone walls of Mournes, Co. Down.

Her work will be on display at Cork Craft & Design’s Showcase Exhibition in Ballydehob this month. With this year’s exhibition focused on sustainability, the theme is a perfect fit for Claire. Her beautiful work will also be sold at Cork Craft & Design’s store in Douglas.

Simultaneously, multi-award-winning artist and Chair of Cork Craft & Design, Bernadette Tuite will be showcasing her work at Craft NI’s Unlocked exhibition. At its gallery on Royal Avenue, Belfast, Unlocked is showcasing pieces of work by makers inspired by the recent lockdown. The theme can relate to work created during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, or any other way that makers may interpret it.

Bernadette’s stunning ceramic pieces, inspired from the ocean, will also be sold at Craft NI’s Gallery in Belfast City.

This collaboration of Cork Craft & Design and Craft Northern Ireland is an incredible celebration of Irish craft. You won’t want to miss it.

CORK CRAFT MONTH RETURNS THIS AUGUST WITH OVER 70 EVENTS

Over 100 Cork makers will celebrate the importance of contemporary Irish craft as part of Cork Craft Month which returns this August. There are over 70 events and workshops planned across the month — 80% of which are online. The festival, run by Ireland’s largest social enterprise for craftspeople, Cork Craft & Design, kicks off this weekend. Full details of all events — 90% are free — are available at corkcraftanddesign.com.

Sustainability in craft and design will be explored at Cork Craft Month’s showcase exhibition in Ballydehob, featuring the work of 19 makers, including mosaic artist Margaret Twomey of Purpose Mosaic and Alison Ospina of Green Wood Chairs. The 2020 Cork Craft & Design Showcase Exhibition, which launches this Friday, is dedicated to sustainability and environmentally conscious thinking.

Maeve Murphy, Operations Manager of Cork Craft Month said: “One of the biggest conversations happening at the moment in the craft world is around sustainability — what makers can do to minimise their impact on the planet. Consumers are more conscious of what they are buying, and they are actively seeking out locally made craft products that celebrate heritage craft making skills which have low impact on the environment.

“Our makers involved in the Cork Craft & Design Showcase Exhibition use everything from locally sourced salvaged wood to recycled clay to repurposed ebony from uilleann pipes. They will create a visual dialogue on the importance of sustainability and environmental consciousness, and those interested in finding out more are encouraged to pop into the Working Artist Studios on Main Street, Ballydehob during the month.”

Among the online events for the 11th annual Cork Craft Month will be a virtual Taste for Craft collaboration between Cork Craft & Design members and English Market traders. The Chocolate Shop and woodturner Tony Farrell will participate in the first collaboration on 1 August, examining the synchronicities between both craft industries.

The annual West Cork Creates will also go online this year with a virtual gallery and shop running from 8 August until 14 September in Skibbereen. Thirty-seven artists and craftspeople have been invited to work to the theme of Harvest, inspired by Theo Dorgan’s poem Harvest Moon. The Cork-born award-winning poet will officially open the exhibition online at 1pm on 8 August.

Further virtual highlights include Barbara Hubert’s free A Day in the Life of a Bookbinder on 10 August; an insight into ceramic processes from Charlie Mahon on 23 August; while Gavin Buckley of Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre will interview textile artist Anne Harrington Rees on the qualities of material and form in her work on 10 August. This is one of four interviews with makers that Gavin will conduct during the month of August.

A series of trails will take place across Cork Craft Month including Clonakilty Makers Trail, a self-guided walk of artists’ studios, chocolate makers, upholsterers and craft studios throughout Clonakilty. Cork Flower Studio on Douglas Street will also have a Pure Local Like window exhibition throughout the month, displaying the work of local makers.

Physical workshops and demos will run in adherence to public health guidelines and these include silk painting by textile designer Sharon Rose McKeever at West Cork Crafts in Skibbereen on 4 August; and a free wood turning demonstration by John O’Shea at the Blackwater Valley Makers Arts Centre on 1 August.

Speaking on the exhibitions for Cork Craft Month, Maeve Murphy added: “We are particularly delighted to have the Emerge exhibition running from 6 August at No. 46 Grand Parade. This will celebrate and showcase the work of graduating makers of Crawford College of Art & Design, Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa and St. Johns Central College and embrace them as part of the community of Irish craft and design.

“The Society of Cork Potters will also celebrate its 40th anniversary this year, and the Lavit Gallery is hosting an exhibition showcasing the variety of work made by this group from 7 August to 22 September. The Society will be presenting their anniversary book, published to mark this momentous occasion, and will be available during the run of the exhibition.”

The programme for Cork Craft Month is available at corkcraftanddesign.com. Follow Cork Craft on Facebook at @corkcraftmonth and Instagram at @corkcraftmonth. #corkcraftmonth20

Cork Craft Month is supported by Local Enterprise Office, Design & Crafts Council Ireland, Cork County Council, Cork City Council, Fáilte Ireland, the Creative Ireland programme /Clár Éire Ildánach, Cork Education and Training Board, Crawford College of Art & Design and The Gallery at No. 46 Grand Paradewith media partner, RedFM.

7 NEW MAKERS COMING TO OUR DOUGLAS STORE

New makers are bringing their wonderful work to the Cork Craft & Design store in Douglas from August.

From lino prints to sculptural ceramics, this will be a showcase of the craft heritage we have in Cork. The new names come onboard as the Design & Crafts Council Ireland launches its Made Local campaign, a nationwide initiative to drive revenue for both makers and retailers.

For those looking to purchase and celebrate Irish design and the craft sector as a result, here are seven new makers making their way to our store at 27a St Patrick’s Woollen Mills in Douglas.

BERNADETTE TUITE

Bernadette Tuite is the incredible talent behind Rock & Water Ceramics. Having spent many years as a boat captain in California, Bernadette draws inspiration for her beautiful ceramic pieces from the ocean. Her sculptural ceramics mimic Cork’s seascapes and are amazing.

CHARLIE MAHON CERAMICS

Charlie Mahon has been practicing production pottery since 2004. Some of the most well-known Charlie Mahon Ceramics designs are the Mackerel and the Sheep — inspired by a family fishing trip to Glengariff.

JULIAN SMITH CERAMICS

Julian Smith established his ceramics workshop in 1996 with a focus on Raku firing — a technique originating from 16th century Japan where work is rapidly fired and removed from the kiln. The charm of Raku lies in its use of primitive materials which nevertheless can provide highly sophisticated results, as can be seen in Julian’s creations.

MARTHA CASHMAN CERAMICS

Martha Cashman’s beautiful, bold and bright ceramic designs and pieces are inspired by the nature around her. We love her stunning ceramic pieces such as her amazing eye catching bird feeders.

JOHN BASTOW LINO PRINT

John Bastow is the incredible talent behind Solas Agus Scáth – Light And Shade Lino Print. These stunning pieces are created from photographs that are then carved into a lino surface. The ‘negative’ uncarved areas are inked with a roller and printed onto handmade paper. Due to the colour, and amount of ink used, each print is completely unique.

CARMEL SMYTH TEXTILES

Carmel Smyth is a batik textile artist who uses 100% recycled cotton, along with a mix of paraffin and beeswax. Her work is mainly nature-inspired with the ever-changing land and seascapes being a constant source of inspiration.

RONAN POWER CABINET MAKERS

While a traditional Irish style cabinet maker, Ronan Power embraces the contemporary. His pieces are made from the finest wood to ensure a beautiful, unique and durable product is created every time. From bookcases to dressers to home accessories like chopping boards and bread bins, there are amazing items available.

The above makers’ work will be available to purchase in the Cork Craft & Design store at 27a St Patrick’s Woollen Mill, Douglas, Cork from August. Be sure to pop in and visit us to see all the amazing craft work we have to offer.

Eight not-to-be-missed events at Cork Craft Month

Cork Craft Month 2020 runs this August with over 50 masterclasses and demonstrations, as well as virtual behind-the-scenes exhibitions and family-friendly activities. Celebrating contemporary Irish craft, here are the top 8 festival highlights that are not to be missed.

IT’S A SHOWCASE

This year the Cork Craft and Design exhibition is dedicated to sustainability and environmentally conscious thinking. It will be held for the first time in Ballydehob at the Working Artist Studios on Main Street. Running from 31 July to the end of August, there are 19 makers’ pieces — all available for sale — that create a visual dialogue between craftspeople, makers and designers to celebrate and encourage environmentally sustainable practices in the Irish craft sector.

This year Cork Craft and Design exhibition is dedicated to sustainability thinking. It’ll be held in Ballydehob for the first time at the Working Artist Studios on Main Street. Running from 31 July to the end of August, there are 19 makers’ pieces — all available for sale — that create a visual dialogue between craftspeople, makers and designers. The aim? To celebrate and encourage environmentally sustainable practices in the Irish craft sector.

EMERGING TALENT

Cork Craft Month continues its commitment to promoting the work of up and coming makers in 2020. Graduating students of CIT Crawford College, Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa and St Johns Central College will debut their work at an exhibition in The Gallery @ No.46 from 6 – 28 August. Emerge will celebrate the work of these graduating makers and embrace them as part of the Irish craft community. No booking required.

CRAFT ON A PLATTER

Fancy an afternoon learning how to make willow ‘tension trays’ or platters at Cork Craft Month 2020? The Woven Willow Platters class on 21 August in Ballydehob is a great introduction to willow basketry. Play around with the natural colours of the willow and learn some basic traditional techniques in the Catalonia style. Children 15 and older welcome and more information is HERE.

MASK IT

The Sanctuary Masks initiative is to empower skilled seamstresses to sew hygiene masks for people living in Direct Provision Centres. During this virtual demonstration for Cork Craft Month 2020, one of those skilled seamstresses will give a tutorial on how to sew a face mask. The online free event runs from 7 August to 31 August. Not to be missed.

40 YEARS CELEBRATION

The Society of Cork Potters celebrates its 40th anniversary this year! Yay them! The Lavit Gallery is to host an exhibition showcasing the variety of work made by this group. The Society will also be presenting their anniversary book, published to mark this momentous occasion. It runs from 7 August to 22 September.

INTO THE WEST

Poet, editor and essayist, Theo Dorgan will launch the annual West Cork Creates exhibition virtually on 8 August at 1pm. Inspired by Dorgan’s poignant poem Harvest Moon — which he wrote and dedicated to Seamus Heaney on the second anniversary of his death — the work by 37 local artists and craftspeople has been created in response to the theme ‘Harvest’. The exhibition, a first for West Cork Creates virtually, runs until 14 September on westcorkcreates.com with all works available for sale.

Poet, editor and essayist, Theo Dorgan launches the annual West Cork Creates exhibition virtually on 8 August at 1pm. Inspired by Dorgan’s Harvest Moon — which he dedicated to Seamus Heaney on the second anniversary of his death — the work by 37 artists and craftspeople has been created in response to the theme ‘Harvest’. The exhibition, a first for West Cork Creates virtually, runs until 14 September on westcorkcreates.com with all works available for sale.

MAKING CONNECTIONS

The Connections Project by Benchspace Creative Hub seeks to engage a community of makers embracing new methods of making. Members have come together to design and build a structure around themes of loss, achievement, and future connections. The project culminates with the assembly of the structure in the courtyard of Backwater Studio’s Courtyard on August 27. More details HERE.

GLASS ACT

The amazing glass artist Suzanne O’Sullivan will give a demonstration of her work on 29 August at the Blackwater Valley Makers Arts Centre. Don’t worry, everything will be in accordance with social distancing with numbers limited. More information is available HERE.

The amazing glass artist Suzanne O’Sullivan gives a demonstration of her work on 29 August at the Blackwater Valley Makers Arts Centre. Social distancing will be observed with numbers limited. More information is available HERE.

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