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Happy Valentine’s Day

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For the day that is in it… “Happy Valentine’s Day y’all”! Share the love. Join your felt making community. Currently membership is open, and many of you have already signed up. Receipts are being processed and €5 vouchers will be sent out via email.

This is a little piece by our current co-chair Vicky Blomfield… who knew she was such an old romantic!? Just to inspire you all to think RED.

Be still my heart… This could be a submission for “Something red” our joint exhibition with Filtti Finland that will open in June of this year.

www.filtti.fi

How are your pieces coming along? Have you already submitted?

Here is the application form- also available on our community resources page-.

APPLICATION FORM FINNISH EXHIBITION

Last submission date for first entries is 15th March. Don’t be afraid, risk it… you just never know till you try!

We are currently looking for a venue (outside of Dublin) to host the returning Irish pieces. If you think you know of somewhere, for example you have contacts with galleries etc. in Galway, Cork, Kerry, the North and beyond, please do get in touch. We can always use your help and guidance.

hello@feltmakersireland.com

Vicky Blomfield

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Make a Hat Workshop, Beginners & Beyond.

We are hosting a Felt-making hat workshop on February 23rd 2019.

This is a 1 day course suitable for beginners & as a refresher. At the end of the day you will have your own felted hat!

Please complete the application form and send payment to secure your place. Would this make a great gift? treat yourself to a creative new year and a new skill!

The cost includes your fibre for the day. Take a look at the application form for a list of common household items you will need to make felt on the day. Questions can be directed to hello@feltmakersireland.com. We accept ET transfer, cheque and Postal orders.

We would love to see you there.

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Where are we on the 2nd Sunday of the Month?

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Sunday Sessions in the studio… folks it has been brought to my attention that some of you don’t know where we are… On the 2nd Sunday of the Month, Felt Makers Ireland hold a “Sunday Session”… this is usually a demo/ talk/discussion from an experiences felt maker, quite often with other skills as well.

Tea & Coffee and biscuits ( buns, if you are really lucky) are provided.

We look for a small donation- for the speakers time/ petrol/tea and coffee etc

Its a great Get-to-gether of chat and learning and ALL ARE WELCOME!

We are in “The Studio”, Knockmarroon Gate, Phoenix Park, Dublin… below are pictures- this little building is home. Spread the word of our location.

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STUDIO- SUNDAY SESSIONS IN THE PARK, KNOCKMARROON GATE, PHOENIX PARK, DUBLIN
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PHOENIX PARK, KNOCKMARRON GATE

Yesterday we hosted a full house- every chair was taken as Elaine Peden took us through her jewellery making skills and beadwork on felt. Very inspirational as ever.

Next month on March 10th we will have Vicky talking about additions you can make to headwear.

If any of our community would be willing to host a “Sunday Session” we are always looking for speakers and demonstrators… you will be assisted and don’t be scared the felt makers of Ireland don’t usually bite ( they do eat the buns though)!

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ELAINE PEDEN SUNDAY SESSION

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

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MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION 2019

The above link opens on computer but cannot be opened on mobile at the moment. Please email membership@feltmakersireland.com or hello@feltmakersireland.com if you have queries or problems. Thank you.

Please note that professional felt makers who are current paid-up members can now request that their workshop or event be advertised on our main website under “Learn”. We would ask you to complete an interview also with a link to your workshop to further enrich the community.

Exhibition Submissions Finland

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We are looking for all you good folk to start submitting your photographs for our joint exhibition with Finland felt organisation “Filtti”. The submission date for the first round is latest 15th March. The application form is below.

We have been informed via our Finnish friends that there has been a slight name change to the Exhibtion- “Something Red” is the new title. This broadens the possibilities for submissions and is a more direct translation to English. Please do continue to submit your work, and thanks to those who have already submitted beautiful photographs for judging.

We will be looking for a venue outside of Dublin to host the returning pieces… your work will be shown Internationally and Nationally.

Good luck.

A TOUCH OF RED

 

APPLICATION FORM FINNISH EXHIBITION

Make a Hat Workshop, Beginners & Beyond.

We are hosting a Felt-making hat workshop on February 23rd 2019.

This is a 1 day course suitable for beginners & as a refresher. At the end of the day you will have your own felted hat!

Please complete the application form and send payment to secure your place. Would this make a great gift? treat yourself to a creative new year and a new skill!

The cost includes your fibre for the day. Take a look at the application form for a list of common household items you will need to make felt on the day. Questions can be directed to hello@feltmakersireland.com. We accept ET transfer, cheque and Postal orders.

We would love to see you there.

makeahatworkshop2019

 

Monumentality & Fragility- Exhibition

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“Monumentality and Fragility” at Kilkenny National Gallery, Kilkenny. This Exhibition runs from 9th Feb till Jun 2019 and features the work of one of our long term members Niki Collier.

For anyone in the community this is a great opportunity to see some wonderful new works.

www.ndcg.ie

Niki Collier

Niki Collier’s work is distinguished for intimate understanding of handmade craftsmanship. Her narrative is informed by science and community. It sits at the convergence of science and art to create conversations about empowerment, balance and resilience. From the oversized microorganisms to the soft gigantic pebbles each piece is devised by materials and techniques that show dedication to origin and legacy. The large and small sculptures that she develops have been shown in several solo exhibitions as well as curated in group shows both nationally and internationally.

www.nikicollierdesign.com

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Sculptures of Viruses

Sculptures of three viruses Common Cold, Hepatitis B and Herpes Virus. Each of these has disrupted our contemporary culture by changing our conversation on monumental and fragile.

Viruses as living organisms are still both a challenge and a mystery regardless of our scientific advances. Doctors as part of the current perception of ”The Establishment” are often held hostage to our perception of them being heroes rather than humans.  Here the concept of small and significant are juxtaposed using scientific concepts to mirror our own fears. As viruses are necessary ingredient to life on our planet the destruction of them explores what is an act of heroism and an act of fear? The interrelation between personal fears – our vulnerability and resilience and how they influence macro decisions related to health and life.  It is also a dialogue of what makes an object beautiful to us- its form or its function?

The works are developed as wet felted sculptures.

The Common Cold virus is one of the best known surviving organisms on earth. It is a symbolic tale of how survival of the species is mostly about the ability to grow in change. The Herpes virus and Hep B are part of the history of gay rights as they have made the invisible visible and as such started the conversation of what we sweep under the carpet.

The viruses have been curated for DCCoI Pattern, Design Week in Bulgaria, West Cork Art Festival.

The European Prize for Applied Arts

Aims to reward the best creations of contemporary expression in applied arts and craftsmanship. It looked into monumental and fragile, the strong colour palette, exuberant proportions, the power and the violence allude to a monumental character from which a palpable fragility is released. With the European Triennial these two words were also part of the monumentality of this institution and the fragility of the nations and entities that make it up. Artists were asked to take inspiration from the paradoxical of these 2 themes-“Monumentality and Fragility”.

Joint Exhibition with Finnish Felt Association Filtti and Feltmakers Ireland

“A Touch of Red”

Feltmakers Ireland are delighted to announce a joint exhibition with the Finnish Feltmakers
Association which will take place in Jämsä a small town in Central Finland from the 1st July to 4th August inc. The opening will take place at 4pm on 30th June. The gallery is an old bank building overt two floors in the town centre.

Entries
Application for entries will close on 15 March 2019 for the initial round. Anyone wishing to enter the
competition will be asked to submit photographs of their entry with an application form. Those selected for independent adjudication will be informed by end March they must submit their pieces ready for transportation there after- date TBC ( mid April)

Entries are restricted to members of Feltmakers Ireland.
Cost
Submission fee €20 per piece, €35 two or more. Payment on 2nd round.
Exhibition Terms
1. Who can take part?
All current members of Feltmakers Ireland and feltmakers from Finland
2. What are the conditions of entry?
1 The work can take the form of literal or abstract interpretation, functional and non-functional.
Wearable and non-wearable.
2 The work must be original and predominantly made using the technique of felt, all hand-made felting
technique are accepted.
3 Other textile techniques (as well as non-textile media) may be included, though handmade felting
techniques must be principal one.
4 The work must be personally hand-made and after January 2018.
5 Work done during courses or under the guidance of teachers is not allowed.
6 The exhibition will be mounted in Jämsä a small town in Central Finland from the 1st July to 4th August 2019 inc.
7 Each entrant may submit up to three pieces of work
NB There is no restriction on size or other materials except that the pieces must be suitable to be 
transported by courier to Finland and there can be no glass.

APPLICATION FORM FINNISH EXHIBITION