Another Fantastic Year Celebrating Cork Craft Month

We are almost at the end of Cork Craft Month 2021, and while we are sad to say goodbye for another year, we could not be more delighted with the success of this year’s celebrations!  

 

Every August, we look to honour Cork-based artists and crafters through our festivities, in an effort to showcase the talent of our Cork Craft and Design makers and to help boost support for their small Irish businesses. 

 

This year, our show-stopping line-up included over 70 different workshops, talks, demonstrations and events, making it our biggest year yet. After last year’s virtual celebrations, it was wonderful to see visitors face-to-face again this year, all socially distanced of course. And so far, we have received a great response from the Cork community with a fantastic turnout to events.  

 

And while the pandemic was a very tough time for our members, with restrictions limiting their ability to exhibit and sell their work, it has allowed our small Cork crafting community to expand – welcoming people everywhere through online events, something which we carried with us again into this year’s festivities.  

 

For many of our makers they rely on their craft as their primary source of income, so raising awareness of their business has always been top of mind when organising Cork Craft Month each year. Every event running throughout the month provides a direct link between the public and our makers, building relationships and boosting support for these small businesses. The network gained through Cork Craft Month not only strengthens the craft community across Cork, but it also goes a long way towards establishing these individual brands on a wide scale.  

 

An initiative that has been crucial in introducing makers to the public is the ‘Made in Cork’ Craft and Food Market. The vibrant outdoor market, featuring over 25 stalls of high-quality handmade Cork Craft, offers visitors the chance to meet makers and learn about their work directly from the source! So come on down and help us wrap up Cork Craft Month 2021 at the final ‘Made in Cork’ Craft and Food Market on August 29th at St. Patrick’s Woollen Mills, Douglas. Full event information is available here.  

 

Want to take part in next year’s celebrations? Find out more about becoming a member of Cork Craft and Design here. 

 

Cork Craft Month promotes the value of the Cork craft industry, empowering small businesses, and establishing Cork as a leader in the Irish craft and design sector. Without the support of our dedicated sponsors, this simply would not be possible, so we would like to sincerely thank each organisation involved in supporting our celebrations and making this year the biggest, and most exciting Craft Month yet. 

 

So, here’s to our sponsors: The Local Enterprise Office, Design & Crafts Council Ireland, Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Cork Education and Training Board, Cork County Council’s Cobh Municipal District, Creative Ireland, MTU Crawford College of Art, the Heritage Council of Ireland and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. 

 

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.