Cork Craft & Design, Ireland’s largest social enterprise for craftspeople, has launched a virtual celebration of Irish craft. Ahead of Cork Craft Month in August, Cork Craft & Design is releasing a series of videos — the Cork Craft Showcase — across its social media channels over the coming weeks to celebrate contemporary Irish craft.
The videos involve many of Cork’s acclaimed makers — woodturner, John McCarthy; glass artist Maura Whelan; basket maker Rosemary Kavanagh; jeweller Mairead McCorley of Silverstone Dimensions; ceramic artist Jim Turner; architectural illustrator Jill Cotter; award-winning textile artist Mary Palmer; and ceramicist Charlie Mahon — showcasing the work they love of another Irish craft person. The Cork Craft Showcase also features free family friendly activities for children such as flower crowns from Sonia Caldwell of Kilcoe Studio; book binding from Barbara Hubert; and a step-by-step guide to making a rainbow pom pom crown from yarn master Helen O’Leary.
It comes ahead of the July launch of the 2020 programme for Cork Craft Month, an inspirational annual event showcasing exceptional and innovative Irish craftsmanship.
Speaking on the virtual Cork Craft Showcase, Maeve Murphy, Operations Manager of Cork Craft Month said: “The recent months has spurred, for many of us, a renewed appreciation in the pieces of craft and art that reside in our homes. Those innovative pieces that we love and look at every day are the focal point of the Cork Craft Showcase and we are delighted to have acclaimed makers talk on what pieces of Irish craftwork inspire them — from woodturner John McCarthy speaking on his large decorated bowl by Thomas Wollen to ceramicist Charlie Mahon applauding Martin Horgan’s problem solving wu tong sticks. During this difficult time for the arts world, we want to shine a spotlight on the creative craft heroes of Ireland and their tradition.
“Also, as the children’s programme is such a big part of Cork Craft Month every year, we wanted to ensure young budding craft makers could participate, so are releasing fun free activities and craft for children to take part in. We would encourage everyone to get online, get inspired and get involved by letting us know what your favourite piece of Irish craft is or sending us an image of your DIY craft by using the hashtag #corkcraftmonth20. We hope this will whet the appetite ahead of Cork Craft Month this August, a 31-day celebration of craft and the wealth of unrivalled talent we have in Cork city and county.”
The full programme for Cork Craft Month will be launched in early July, and available at www.corkcraftanddesign.com. To shop local, Cork Craft & Design’s exhibition space and shop is open at 27a St Patrick’s Mills in Douglas.
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 Parade.