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. 

 

‘Made in Cork’ Craft & Food Market

Vibrant & colourful outdoor markets with over 25 stalls of high quality handmade Cork Craft. Additionally a selection of food and coffee vendors (all local Cork suppliers) will keep visitors fed & watered while they meet makers, enjoy their work and learn about their work. The Cork Craft & Design retail shop will also be open on all market days for further gift shopping opportunities. Pop up workshops and demonstrations will also take place at the markets, a great family day out.

‘Home Ground’ West Cork Creates Exhibition

In association with The Taste of West Cork Food Festival, West Cork Creates is delighted to announce their 10th Summer Arts Exhibition in collaboration with Cork Craft Month. The theme of this year’s exhibition is ‘Home Ground’ focusing on the importance of our homes and locality throughout the pandemic.  Our immediate surroundings are not only our homes but have become our workplaces, our playgrounds, schools for our children and our walking/cycling/ jogging trails. This has caused us to look with renewed attention and appreciation at the microcosm of our locality, especially the natural world and the lives within that space. This is a unique exhibition showing works of the highest standard by artists, craftspeople, photographers and designers who are based in the region.

EMERGE Exhibition

A celebration of the hard work and talent of graduating makers as part of Cork Craft Month and embracing them as part of the vibrant community of Irish Craft and Design.

Come see the window exhibition at 46 The Gallery on Grand Parade from August 6th through to August 31st.

‘From The Earth’ Exhibition

A collaborative exhibition of Cork’s Artisan Furniture Makers, Ceramacits, Glass Artists, Blacksmiths and stoneworkers.

This exhibition will showcase both the beauty and craftsmanship of these Cork based traditional makers who are creating high quality and bespoke pieces from wood, clay, class, metal and stone.

The exhibition space will have one of the featured makers present each day so pop in anytime to meet the craftspeople and learn about their materials, inspiration and process.

 

 

‘Baile’ Annual Showcase Exhibition

Cork Craft Month is off to a fantastic start with the launch of the annual showcase exhibition in Ballydehob. This year’s theme is Baile (Home) and will set out to highlight the relationship with our homes, both as a living and working space over the past circa 16 months.

Online Shop

Our online shop launches on Friday, 9th July, featuring the finest craft Cork has to offer and showcasing the passionate work of our local craftspeople.

For the next few weeks we will be bringing our store online so that wherever you are in Ireland, you will have the chance to experience,  browse and shop our selection of Cork made crafts.

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.

 

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