Call to Action: Feltmakers Ireland Needs You This Easter Monday

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Following the success of the Craft Weekend in Merrion Square for the 1916 Centenary commemorations. Dublin City Council and the Craft Council of Ireland are holding a craft event in the courtyard of Dublin Castle on Easter Monday, April 17th and Feltmakers Ireland have been invited to participate. The event runs from 11am to 5pm.

If you want to drop by, please do. We are going make a very long felted rope to decorate a tree. We will need people to help on the day.

If you would like to lend a hand please contact me and I will send you a time slot. Around 1 to 2 hours per person would be great. If you give me your preferred time, I will accommodate you where possible.

Looking forward to meeting you there, thanking you in anticipation of your help.

Express your interest via email.

 

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Press Release RDS Craft Awards 2017

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Over €30,000 in prizes for 2017 RDS Craft Awards

RDS Craft Awards Open for Online Entries on March 20 – Deadline: June 14

Showcasing and rewarding excellence in Irish craft since 1968, the RDS Craft Awards is a two strand open competition with an independent panel of craft experts assessing the work of emerging and established craftspeople separately.

The top prize winners in each strand will receive the RDS Awards of Excellence which come with a cash prize of €5,000. Ten category prize winners in both emerging and established maker strands will receive €500 sponsored by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland. There are also many other prizes on offer including a €2,000 award specifically for graduates and a free stand for an emerging maker at the 2017 National Crafts & Design Fair worth €2,500.

With categories ranging from woodturning and jewellery, to furniture, ceramics and textiles, the Awards are an important celebration of indigenous design and endeavour, and follow an RDS tradition of promoting and supporting the development of Irish craft which dates back to the nineteenth century.

 Winning and selected entries will be shown at the RDS Craft Awards Exhibition which will be exhibited prior to and during the 2017 Dublin Horse Show August 913. Award winners will be exhibited at the National Crafts & Design Fair, RDS, in December, 2017.

For more information and details on prizes and how to enter please visit www.rds.ie/craft

 

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A wonderful opportunity to work with Dagmar Binder

There are a couple of places left on the workshop with felt designer Dagmar Binder.

Dagmar has been working with textiles, art and design for many years, until she fell in love with felt in 1997. Since then, wool has become her favourite material and nowadays she creates strictly unique handmade felt items: fine art objects, stage costumes, garments and fashion accessories. Art works may include all kind of textile and similar fibres, but wearables are always made of high quality natural materials, such as fine merino wool and silk. Since 2007, she’s also been teaching her felting techniques on national and international levels.

We will be making the ultimate in wearable art – a wrap skirt on this three day workshop, Saturday – Monday 1-3rd April.

We have extended the deadline for applications so if you are interested all the details are on the application form here:

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