Cork Craft and Design Click & Collect

This week we are delighted to launch our new Cork Craft and Design Click & Collect service. We have once again teamed up with our wonderful Makers to make it easier then ever to shop online with us. Every week the Click & Collect will open until Tuesday 12 midnight with the collection for that Thursday.  The collection point is in store at St Patrick’s Woollen Mills, Douglas.

For our launch of our Click & Collect we want to introduce you to some of our makers Ceramifique, Mr Kite Designs, Purpose Mosaic, Volodar Wood Art and Aluna to name but a few.

Ceramifique is a collaboration between French artist Jean-Philippe Levillain and Irish artist Jennifer Click and Collect CeramicsAhern. Both are graduates of Fine Art in Crawford College of Art and Design, where they met and specialised in ceramics. They are also the founders and directors of Over the Line Studios, a ceramic and Fine Art studio in Ballyvolane Cork, which they have been running together since graduating in 201

Mr Kite Designs is the creation of Jade and Jo, two friends who share a love of craft, design and all things handmade. Both Jade and Jo are inspired by textiles and pattern, particularly bold and unusual prints. They design and make their range of gift and homewares from our studio in Cork city.

 

Margaret Twomey from the seaside town of Cobh , Co Cork is the founder of Purpose Mosaic, established in 1999. Her art takes many forms, from jewellery to award winning ceramic mosaic
pieces. Margaret takes her inspiration from the natural world and colourful Mediterranean landscapes. Her work is an explosion of colour. Both vibrant and eye catching, combining gemstones, pearls and glass. She is welcome to all commissions!

Next we have Volodar Wood Art by Volodymyr Lashko who is a self-taught artist in wood. His work is inspired by natural forms and elements, their beauty, and imperfection. Sleek, clean, and imperfect, harmoniously integrated into an overall piece of art, embracing how things really are in nature. The wood that he uses has been weathered by time and nature’s elements, giving endless changes of colours, shadows, patterns and textures, offering unlimited design inspiration. His versatility, both as an artist and as a craftsman in wood, allows him to create original work, from bespoke furniture to unique art pieces. Volodar Wood Art studio is located in Carrigaline, Cork.

 

Finally we have new member Stella who is the creator of Aluna Crafts which is a creative project inspired by her travels around the world. All her creations are handcrafted here in  Cork city where she lives with her little son. Each piece is lovingly handmade using various different techniques,  from beading to weaving to metalwork.  Stellas creations are influenced by indigenous and tribal art and the most predominant themes are those of honouring the sacred femine, cosmic forces and mother nature.

 

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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