The Autumn edition of our Magazine will be landing in your letterbox in the next day or two with lots of information about forthcoming events. The Magazine is posted four times per year to all our current members.
Our next Sunday Session will be on October 9th 10.30-13.00 when we will be looking at some of our felt disasters and sharing tips and advise about how and why things don’t always go according to plan. We do have a great motto that there is no such thing as a felt “mistake” as they can almost always be turned into a “feature”. However there are times when the project you have planned so carefully can go desperately wrong. Please bring along your disasters and there will be a panel of felt agony aunts to help solve your problem. The session takes place in the Feltmakers Studio in the Phoenix Park. From the 3rd Oct there are major road works taking place on the Main Road in the Phoenix Park, the Gate beside our studio at Knockmaroon is unaffected.
We have added another date to the Recession Session schedule, Saturday October 1st.
Felting for beginners with Gina Faustino
This workshop provides a useful introduction to the craft of feltmaking. Discover different types of wool to use and learn how and why wool felts. We will experiment with decorative fibres to add surface colour and texture.
Workshop will take place in Feltmakers Ireland Studio in the Phoenix Park from 10-4, cost €40 incl tea & coffee (materials extra cost TBC – €5 approx).
The RUA RED gallery in Tallaght, Dublin has an open call for submissions for their winter show.
This open submission is an opportunity for local and national artists alike to exhibit their work in the expansive space of Gallery One.
They are seeking submissions from visual artists and craft makers for an exciting winter exhibition in November 2011. Artists can submit a maximum of three works.
Their website states that “All works submitted for exhibition are considered by a Selection Panel comprising of independent curators who have significant experience in the field of contemporary art & craft and whose decision to accept or reject is final. Ann Mulrooney (Curator, National Craft Gallery) and Hilary Murray (Curator, Collections at Irish Museum of Modern Art) confirmed guest panelists.” The deadline for applications is Friday September 25th.
It would be great to see more felt work in exhibition
It’s hard to believe that the Summer is over and we are looking forward to a busy Autumn of felt making. First up is the return of our Sunday Sessions. On Sunday 11th September Carol Hawkins will share with us some of the things she learnt at the Felt in Focus Symposium in Denmark in July. Everyone is welcome to join us in the Studio in the Phoenix Park from 10.30 – 13.00. Please bring along any of your recent felt pieces for “show & tell”.
An exhibition of some of the vessels that were in competition at the Gosford Rare Breeds Show will be on display during Phizzfest. The venue is the First Active building on the North Circular Road in Phibsborough Dublin. The exhibition runs until the 11th September.
Clodagh Mac Donagh will be giving another Recession Session workshop on Indigo Dyeing at the studio on Sunday 25th September. During the day participants will learn about the magical dye and how it works with both natural and synthetic materials. The workshop costs €40 and includes dyes, tea & coffee and runs from 10- 16. Places are limited to give individual attention, please text or call Clodagh on 086 0574401 to book a place.
We are really looking forward to welcoming Charity Van Der Meer to Ireland when she will be giving a workshop to 12 lucky participants at An Grianain from Sept 30 -Oct 2nd. This workshop is booked out but we will share the experience in the Magazine.
The final editing and production is currently underway with our very own book “Profiles in Felt“, a celebration of Irish Feltmakers, with be launched early in October. The book includes profiles of 44 of our members and is a ‘must have’ for anyone interest in this wonderful versatile craft. We have received financial support form the Crafts Council of Ireland which has allowed us to produce the book the the highest standard.
The Autumn issue of our magazine in also currently in production and it will contain lots of news from a very busy Summer and look forward to lots of exciting felt events.