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.

 

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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