Sunday Session 13th Oct 10:30am

october 19session

we hope to see many of you there… we will hear from participants of the recent workshop. Share ideas and cosy chat. Lets have a full house again. Tea/ Coffee and Buns as usual. Come along for an autumnal craft & chat.

Fibre sales available as usual and plenty of anticipation around the Knit & Stitch show also.

See you then! 10:30am Knockmarroon Gate Studio. Phoenix Park.

Sunday Session 13th Oct 10:30am

october 19session

we hope to see many of you there… we will hear from participants of the recent workshop. Share ideas and cosy chat. Lets have a full house again. Tea/ Coffee and Buns as usual. Come along for an autumnal craft & chat.

Fibre sales available as usual and plenty of anticipation around the Knit & Stitch show also.

See you then! 10:30am Knockmarroon Gate Studio. Phoenix Park.

CIFD and GANS Collaboration.

Report by Breda Fay- GANS rep (edited by Tamzen Lundy)

Breda Fay/ Michelle Kearns
GANS & CIFD collaboration

Since the beginning of April, some members from Felt makers Ireland have been working with designers from the fashion world on a collaborative project linking craft persons and designers.

Today – August 29th– was the culmination of our work, when our projects were modeled as part of the CIFD Fashion Show/ Media Day. The fashion show itself was amazing and one could only be inspired by the address and commentary of Eddie Shanahan, chair of CIFD, a truly enthusiastic and inspiring speaker.

For the last few months, Carmen Garcia, Niki Collier and Breda Fay have been engaging with our partner designers from the council of Irish fashion design. We had been randomly matched to “accentuate learning and ensure innovative engagement”.

I worked with Michelle Kearns, a milliner from Tuam.

Michelle and I shared stories of our likes and dislikes, dreams and history to come up with a theme for the design. We also discussed different textures and shades of felt. Samples and photographs went back and forth until we finally decided on a very fine and feathery black Merino and Silk with embellishments of cerise Tussah silk that Michelle would incorporate into a wire structure. The finished work would illustrate overcoming adversity (thick and gnarled branches) growing into more open structure with birds and blooms of hope and resilience.

In all, 15 pairs brought their projects to completion and the resulting hats, baskets, dresses, scarves, etc were amazing. The crafts of calligraphy, metal smith, lace making, felt making, basket making, crochet, textile art and embroidery were all represented.

Carmen Garcia's collaborative work
GANS & CIFD collaboration

This is the second year of the collaboration and I would urge members to watch the GANS page of the website and read the blog posts for notice of next year’s event, when we will once again advertise this opportunity. For those that managed to get along this year and became involved it was certainly and enriching and lasting experience.

See a word from Eddie in thanks below.

www.irishfashiondesigners.com

The below was received from the Council of Irish Fashion Designers

Ladies & Gentlemen,

On behalf of all of us in CIFD I wish to express our gratitude to you for the skill, inspiration, dedication and creativity you brought to our collaboration project.

It is not often that one of Ireland’s most eminent journalists declares an event as ‘Triumphant and emotional’ – but those were her first words at the end of our presentation on Thursday.

My colleagues and I have enjoyed the process, our respect and admiration for your skills is difficult to put into words. Design and Craft came together last week in an engaging evocation of Irish culture, proving beyond doubt that our heritage crafts can be extremely engaging in a contemporary context.

I hope you too enjoyed the project and the presentation.

I know Mary has exciting plans to give the work further exposure and I will also be seeking extra opportunities in the coming months.

We can expect some newspaper and magazine publicity in the coming weeks. In the meantime I am sending you a hi res image of your contribution by WeTranfer. I hope to have some video clips of the pieces in the next short while and will also forward those in due course.

I look forward to the possibility of working with you again in the near future.

Best regards,

Eddie

Magazine Archive

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Hi Folks,

We have donated our copies of Feltmakers Ireland Magazines to Nival in NCAD yesterday. NIVAL is the “National Irish Visual Arts Library”.

www.nival.ie

Renata the archivist was delighted to add FI to their files – magazines should be a great resource to students and researchers.

We are missing some copies and it would really be lovely to be able to find these and complete the archive.

The issue numbers missing are

1-23, 26-33, 36, 45, 51, any after 54?
The feltmakers Ireland committee would love to find copies of these magazines.
If you have a copy at home and are willing to part with it for the NIVAL archive at NCAD, please contact hello@feltmakersireland.com

Workshop: October 2019 Anna Gunnarsdottir: REMINDER

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Hi Folks,

We are so lucky to have a visiting international tutor booked for October 2019.

This is a 3 day course on 4th, 5th and 6th October with the talented Icelandic tutor, Anna Gunnarsdottir. The title of the course is “Sculptural Felt Making”. Anna is known for her large scale sculptural pieces.

The course is limited to 12participants, ensuring that everyone will receive attention. Existing members will be given priority in the event of over subscription. The closing date for application is 06.09.19 (after which in the event of oversubscription a draw will take place).  It will be first come first serve after this date- if not full already.

We hope that you are as excited as us about this opportunity and anticipate that this course will be filled quickly.

Application forms should be sent to:

workshop@feltmakersireland.com

You can read about Anna in the blog post interview we did earlier in the year.

Interview with Anna Gunnarsdottir

APPLICATION FORM ANNA GUNNARSDOTTIR

 

Workshop: October 2019 Anna Gunnarsdottir

ANNA GUNNARSDOTTIR OCT 2019

 

Hi Folks,

We are so lucky to have a visiting international tutor booked for October 2019.

This is a 3 day course on 4th, 5th and 6th October with the talented Icelandic tutor, Anna Gunnarsdottir. The title of the course is “Sculptural Felt Making”. Anna is known for her large scale sculptural pieces.

The course is limited to 12participants, ensuring that everyone will receive attention. Existing members will be given priority in the event of over subscription. The closing date for application is 06.09.19 (after which in the event of oversubscription a draw will take place).  It will be first come first serve after this date- if not full already.

We hope that you are as excited as us about this opportunity and anticipate that this course will be filled quickly.

Application forms should be sent to:

workshop@feltmakersireland.com

You can read about Anna in the blog post interview we did earlier in the year.

Interview with Anna Gunnarsdottir

APPLICATION FORM ANNA GUNNARSDOTTIR

 

Heritage Week events

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We are delighted to be hosting a Heritage Week event on Sunday August 18th from 11-3pm.

18th August, 11am – 3pm

  • Feltmakers Ireland
  • The Studio, Knockmaroon Gate, Phoenix Park
  • Dublin – Dublin City

We are planning a tea party and will be making Bunting!

Bunting is widely used for festive occasions. Felt makers Ireland invite you to channel your creativity and make triangular bunting to create a festive look around the Studio for Heritage week.

Our members submitted bunting triangles at this year’s AGM to show their talents and skills in the versatile craft of felt-making. We plan to use this celebratory decoration in up-coming events such as the Knit & Stitch show held at the RDS in November. Our bunting may even tour around to decorate our upcoming Exhibition in Galway or our international tutor workshop in Dublin this autumn.

Bunting was first made in the 17th century, usually from fine worsted wool and used to decorate ships. Felt makers Ireland has adapted this craft of past times and invites participants to create colourful triangles with wool fibre, soapy water and your own “elbow energy”. You might even be encouraged to take up felt making as a pastime!

Everyone is welcome to this free event. Learn the skill of felt making- make a triangle of bunting to take away- or leave with us and it will be added to our bunting for decorating the studio.

HERITAGE DAY

OTHER EVENTS FOR HERITAGE WEEK CAN BE SEEN HERE

https://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/felted-bunting

Launch of Heritage Week 2019

HERITAGE DAYAs your GANS representative Breda Fay attended the launch of Heritage Week 2019. (https://www.heritageweek.ie/) The launch was held at 14 Henrietta Street on Thursday 18th July.

A tour of the house for those who arrived early preceded the launch and I would certainly recommend this insight into life in these grand Georgian houses of the 18th Century to the squalor of the tenements they became in the 20th century. Full marks go to the guide who brought the house to life for us by way of a tour!

Wine and canapés were served while Virginia Teehan, CEO of Heritage Council congratulated the heritage officers on their 20th Anniversary. After many years of official indifference, she was glad that Heritage 2030 would recognize the value of both natural and built heritage and the wealth of culture preserved by guilds and organizations throughout the country.

heritage week launch

She praised the information and suggestions in the 2000 submissions that were received.

We at Feltmakers Ireland have made a submission highlighting the value of craft as a vital part of our national heritage.

Heritage Week is the flagship of Heritage Ireland and last year 95% of participants commented that they had “something new”.

Roger Warburton of the Ballymun Regeneration Project spoke about how they “rescued” a Boiler House of the now demolished Ballymun towers. It is now a focus for the preservation of heritage of the area as well the development of recycling through education.

Finally Minister Josepha Madigan talked about the theme of this year’s Heritage Week PAST TIMES PASTIMES. She particularly focused on playgrounds of the past – where fields and streets, ruins and streams provided a canvas for imagination. She paid tribute to the many voluntary 2019 organizers who would again give children from 9 months to 90 years the freedom to play and be involved in preservation and conservation in our built and natural environments.

This year Heritage week begins on August 17th.

Feltmakers Ireland will hold an event on the Sunday 18th 11am-3pm at Knockmarroon gate studio. We hope to see many of our valued members there. We also hope we will meet new people and help them to enjoy perhaps their first steps in felt making. We will continue our bunting project- to help decorate the studio and in preparation for the knit and stitch show.  We will also be having an extended tea party.

All members are invited to come along on the day- make felt, be experimental, playful (make your own pieces- whatever you like, and if stuck for ideas, help make playful, fun bunting).

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