AGM notice 19th May: INVITE

AGM ADVERTISEMENTAll members welcome! ( New members welcomed on the day with the full €25 fee)

We look forward to seing many of you at our AGM on May 19th in Lucan Cof I church hall at 2pm.

We are ssk members kindly to bring along a piece of their recent work- for a “show/display table”, it is really lovely to see all the new and inspiraing work of our talented members and to learn from each other.

We are so lucky to have the textile artist Caroline Schofield attending and she will give a short talk on her work.

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Another request we have of our membership is  to participate in a collaborative felt-making project to make a colourful bunting.

Each member is invited to make a bunting triangle of 20cm top- 30cm length- see template, basically your triangle should fit on an A4 page… but all will be accepted.

The idea being that after the AGM, the committee will attach these all together, each one representing a 2019 member. These will then be used for decoration at events such as “Heritage day”, the “Knit & Stitch Show”, future AGM ( and can always be added to) as well as to jazz up the phoenix park studio and remind us all that Felt Makers Ireland is made up of valued individual members.

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As always we are looking for Volunteers for the Knit and Stitch show to man the stand and  they will receive free entry in return for 2 hrs of their time. Some of you have already put your names down, which is wonderful and much appreciated.

KNIT AND STITCH SHOW HELP

You can email hello@feltmakersireland.com in advance of the AGM  to sign up or can sign up on a spreadhseet we will have available on the day.

Again we are asking for members to volunter to join the committe… we have one committee member stepping down and one committee member stepping away from a formal role, becoming an ordinary committee member… therefore we appeal for volunteers. We want to keep you guild alive and fresh.

Any bakers out there? please do bring along your tray bakes to the AGM… cakes are always appreciated!!!

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Interview with: Caroline Schofield

Mortal_TraceWe are delighted to announce that at our Annual General Meeting on May 19th at 2pm to which all members of Felt makers Ireland are invited we will host our guest speaker, Caroline Schofield.

Ahead of this talk which we are very excited about we went out to Caroline and asked her to answer just a few little questions. We hope you enjoy this interview and we hope that many of our members will join the committee on May 19th in St Andrews C of I parish hall, Lucan for the A.G.M when we will be able to listen to Caroline speak about her recent work and career.

Tell us a little about you as a person? E.g. upbringing/ where you work etc?

I live in Kilkenny and currently have a studio in Thomastown in Co. Kilkenny.

Tell us a little about you and your journey in textiles/ arts/crafts.

I come from a long line of Dyers. My Great, Great Grandfather was a Master Dyer in Yorkshire and specialised in dyeing the colour red for the Soldiers Uniform. My Great Grandfather specialised in indigo dye and came to Kilkenny to work in the Woollen Mills. My Grandfather, Dad and Brother all studied Textile Management in Leicester University. I broke out and went to art college in NCAD….and studied Textiles!

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Tell us about your personal process, from conception to creation and what is your motivation?

My process involves lots of drawing and playing with materials. My studio walls become a sketchbook. I love the play time and the chasing of a new idea. I am not so mad about actually having to make the work! As an artist friend once said to me “the idea is often enough”!

Hanging my work is important. The shadow it creates is as important as the physical work.

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What currently inspires you? Is there a project you are working on or something in your past you are particularly proud of?

I was artist in residence In Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) in 2016. That residency has moved me and my work into a more socially engaged practice. Currently I am working on a project called Open Gallery with WHAT. It’s a project where we introduce the art collection from University Hospital Waterford onto the wards for patients living with Dementia and their family/carers. I am particularly interested in working with people through the mediums of Textiles/Making and Art creating meaningful conversations and new memories. This week I am inspired by felted bird pods made by patients living with Dementia which are hanging in their hospital garden.

You can learn more about Caroline’s impressive work at her website:

https://carolineschofield.ie/about/

Other useful links: http://www.waterfordhealingarts.com/artists/caroline-schofield/

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A.G.M Meeting Notice May 19th 2pm

AGM ADVERTISEMENT

All members are invited to the AGM on May 19th at 2pm in St Andrews Cof I Parish Hall in Lucan

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We would love to see recent work from our members, we intend to display these pieces on a table- so please do bring along something you have made in the past year… the more the merrier.

There will be Fibre sales on the day, reports from committee members and an inspiring talk from textile artist Caroline Schofield.

https://carolineschofield.ie/

We hope to see as many of you there as possible.

 

Sunday Session 14th April: Helene Dooley

Feltmakers Ireland meet for a Sunday Session on the second Sunday of the month in the Studio near Knockmaroon Gate, Phoenix Park. With the help of Helene Dooley we will adapt the European Craft theme “to promote know how, inherited from yesterday but reinvented today”.

Felting which is one of the oldest crafts in society was used to provide the very basics of clothing and shelter, is now emerging as a luxury craft as well as a medium for visual artists.

The focus will be on 3D shapes and using single and multiple resists. Helene will outline briefly the methodology for producing a bowl shape, why wool type matters, minding the edges for a smooth finish, transforming the “pancake” shape and moving on to building more complex 3D shapes and the principals of the book resist.

If this all sounds very complicated – don’t worry: Helene will gear the presentation to appeal to different levels of felt making competency. She will have lots of samples for us to examine.

We really look forward to celebrating this theme- promoting know how, inherited from yesterday but reinvented today! Join us and learn the art and craft of FELT.

SUNDAY SESSION April

KNIT & STITCH Volunteer Call out

KNIT AND STITCH SHOW HELPHi folks,

We will need Volunteers for the Knit & Stitch show in November.

7th-10th November, dates for your diary. Volunteers will receive FREE ENTRY… only 2hrs of your time (more if you can give it) required. Help keep Felt Makers Ireland ALIVE. Welcome new members, share your experiences of felt… man the fibre stand, assist at the Learning Curve workshops.

We welcome the help of New and dedicated long time members alike. Please sign up.

We will have a signing sheet- Rota available at the AGM. However if you can’t attend the AGM on May 19th– please email hello@feltmakersireland.com to advise how you can help, on which day/ morning/ afternoon… and we will happily put your name down.

I know that it seems far away, however we are looking for approx. 30volunteers to cover the 4days 9 plus set up and take down of stand)… so we are putting out this call early.

Many of us know that we found out about Felt Makers Ireland via the Knit & Stitch show. This presence is vital for the continued existence of the Guild and for attracting new members. Be part of your community and help out. If you think you are going to be attending the show- give just 2 hrs and recieve FREE ENTRY!!!!

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AGM… 19th May 2pm Advance Notice

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Hi folks,

This is a date for your diary… MAY 19TH (SUNDAY) at 2pm the AGM of felt makers Ireland.

This will be held in St Andrew Parish Hall (Church of Ireland) in Lucan.

All members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Bring a piece of your work from this year- for a show and tell stand. Fibre will be available to buy.

We will have Caroline Schofield as the guest speaker and of course plenty of tea/ coffee and buns.

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Join us, have your say, hear how Felt makers Ireland is working. Volunteer for committee roles or to help at the November Knit & Stitch. Be part of your craft movement.

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Judging for “Something Red” UPDATE

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Hi Folks,

Just an update to let you know how our “Something red” exhibition judging and process is coming along.

As many of you know entries to the first round closed on 15th March. Thank you so much too many of our members, who submitted wonderful, varied pieces of art. You have made the tasks of the Judges very difficult indeed.

Photo judging took place at the end of last week we are in the process of contacting everyone who entered to let them know whether or not they have been successful at this stage and details if required for submission of the actual piece for the next round.

At this stage we just want to republish the rules for the project: in effort to be transparent and fair to all our members who have submitted a piece.

Entries are restricted to members of Felt makers 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 Felt makers Ireland and Felt makers from Finland
  2. What are the conditions of entry; the work can take the form of literal or abstract interpretation, functional and non-functional. Wearable and non-wearable.
  3. The work must be original and predominantly made using the technique of felt, all hand-made felting technique are accepted.
  4. Other textile techniques (as well as non-textile media) may be included, though handmade felting techniques must be principal one.
  5. The work must be personally hand-made and after January 2018.
  6. Work done during courses or under the guidance of teachers is not allowed.
  7. The exhibition will be mounted in Jämsä a small town in Central Finland from the 1st July to 4th August 2019 inc.
  8. Each entrant may submit up to three pieces of work
  9. 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.

Emails are being sent out over the course of the next few days, please be patient. Once again thank you for all your efforts and inspiring work. We hope that some pieces will be further selected and displayed in a national exhibition in Portumna Arts festival later in the autumn.

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Sunday Session 14th April: Helene Dooley

Feltmakers Ireland meet for a Sunday Session on the second Sunday of the month in the Studio near Knockmaroon Gate, Phoenix Park. With the help of Helene Dooley we will adapt the European Craft theme “to promote know how, inherited from yesterday but reinvented today”.

Felting which is one of the oldest crafts in society was used to provide the very basics of clothing and shelter, is now emerging as a luxury craft as well as a medium for visual artists.

The focus will be on 3D shapes and using single and multiple resists. Helene will outline briefly the methodology for producing a bowl shape, why wool type matters, minding the edges for a smooth finish, transforming the “pancake” shape and moving on to building more complex 3D shapes and the principals of the book resist.

If this all sounds very complicated – don’t worry: Helene will gear the presentation to appeal to different levels of felt making competency. She will have lots of samples for us to examine.

We really look forward to celebrating this theme- promoting know how, inherited from yesterday but reinvented today! Join us and learn the art and craft of FELT.

SUNDAY SESSION April

Interview with Tamzen Lundy

Many of the members of Feltmakers Ireland fall somewhere between “beginner” and “experienced” and just love the process of felting as a hobby (Ahem, obsession)… I am one of those… I also recently volunteered to join the committee of Feltmakers Ireland. What is it they say about volunteering?… it often gives you back as much as you give it!… So here is a little about me…

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Tell us a little about you as a person? E.g. upbringing/ work other than felt etc.

I am originally from Belfast, N.Ireland. I was already in the middle of my Degree in Fashion, having gone to study in Manchester, when the Good Friday Agreement was signed in 1998. Happily my immediate family were not directly affected by violence; however I remember many security checks, bomb scares and actual bombings as well as the 3 day ceasefires at Christmas and the constant threat of disruption.

My secondary school was the first integrated, comprehensive, co-educational school in N.Ireland and I feel very thankful for this opportunity in my formative years.

I went from my degree in Manchester University to my first job as a Childrenswear designer for a very large retail company at their headquarters in Brussels. After a few years I moved closer to home, to the knitwear department of Penney’s/ Primark in Dublin, where I worked for a further five years as the buyer for women’s flat knit.

This was a very pressure driven environment, with performance rated according to sales results “you are only as good as your last range”… However it was also incredibly driven and exciting.

I enjoyed extensive travel several times a year to the Far East as well as regular trips across to New York and around Europe. This lifestyle suited while I was young and without a family but as soon as my first child was born I knew it wasn’t for me.

12 years ago after the birth of my first child I started working freelance on design packs for contacts I had made along the way. Very conscious of the environmental and ethical responsibilities of the fashion industry I only work with one trusted factory in Bangladesh. I have visited them many times over the years and have an established relationship. I still travel to various retailers across Europe or to attend trend fairs, but these days the travel is on my terms.

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Photo: Me on travels in the Far East.

I now have three children and split my time between being a freelance knitwear designer in the mornings and looking after them. I work in my little studio at home, communicating with the factory via Skype and Whatsapp. One day I will be working on colour predictions for the coming year, the next I will be sketching out designs. I might be competition shopping or visiting a client somewhere in Europe to help them plan their range. Then in the afternoon I collect the kids and am mother to free range children.

How and when did you start Felting… what is your experience, tell us a little about your journey?

I started felting approximately 3years ago. Having seen a demonstration at the knit & Stitch show. Remarkably even with a fashion degree and working with textiles for 20years, the process of felting was a completely new medium to me.

That in itself was exciting. I was struck by the immediacy of the textile. In many ways the medium seemed unrestrictive, allowing the creative freedoms of paint while being suitable for both 2d and 3d applications.

I use colour every day and am designing every day too, but after many years doing this and now using a computer rather than sketchpads and markers, my paid work feels sterile. I’m striving to be closer to the product again. I think this is why I love this hobby and why I try to find time to volunteer in primary school to teach kids art. What was it that Picasso is meant to have said “Every child is an artist it is trying to stay one…thats hard”.

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Photo: A Giant Collaborative Project- dream catchers with local primary school

I am impatient by nature, and creative. However I am also a planner and have always been organised. I think this is why the medium of felt appealed to me, it seemed that this textile, might satisfy these parts of my personality.

I’ve also found that it is a craft that allows family life to continue… it can be done at the kitchen table, I don’t have to worry about paint drying while I tend to one of the kids… felt is very forgiving and I need that versatility in my life.

I have been lucky in my short time with felt makers Ireland to be able to attend the inspiring workshops of Gladys Paulus and Wendy Bailye. As well as this I have learnt the basics of hat making and jewellery from some of our own members. Together with my own textile background and in order to satisfy my creative spirit I find myself experimenting mostly in sample form but occasionally working on a larger piece. I know that I am only at the start of my journey with felt but I do feel like I have found my medium.

 

Tell us about your process from conception to creation and what is your motivation?

Felting is my hobby. We hear a lot of talk these days about mindfulness. I remember working in sketchbooks and on projects when I was younger and really finding a flow, this is mindfulness or being present in the moment. Time seemed to work in a different way, when I was really in that creative zone, I could lose days.

This is what I love about felting the combination of the cerebral planning (I still rough plan in my sketchbooks) and the physicality of process. This is as close as I’ve managed to get to that complete absorption that I remember as a child.

After twenty years working in the fashion world it is easy to become cynical too. Trends come and go (and I’ve seen many twice at this stage). Do we buy what we want or what we are told? Fast fashion V Slow made. The Normcore trend (a reaction to fashion oversaturation resulting from ever faster-changing fashion trends, Normcore wearers are people who do not wish to distinguish themselves from others by their clothing, and yet buy into the trend by buying certain brands). I think felting helps me feel creatively authentic. Close to the end product and sometimes just doing something creative for the pure indulgent sake of it.

What currently inspires you?

The challenge of seeing what other felters are capable of making inspires me. I now have the position of secretary of Feltmakers Ireland. The contact I have with ( often longtime) members is very inspiring.

I discovered nuno felting in the Wendy Bailye class, up to this point I had never added other textiles to my wool. Now I find myself cutting up scraps of Donegal tweed or bits of yarns and seeing what happens when they felt together. I’m just in awe of the possibilities at the moment.

Of course sometimes I get stuck and months pass and I do no felting. Life is busy. I live with migraines and the battle to manage these each month is ongoing. The kids have their activities, I volunteer at their school and family life is very full. Never mind being self-employed! Sometimes it’s not always possible to do as much felting as I’d like but each time I manage to come back to it I find myself unconsciously smiling and getting lost again.

At the moment I’m just allowing the act of felting to teach me rather than imposing myself on it.

Report from DCCoI meeting

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Breda Fay new GANS representative from Felt makers Ireland recently attended on March 7th (10am – 4.30PM) a meeting by DCCoI for GANs

(Membership organisations that are associated with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) include Guilds, Associations, Networks and Societies (GANS)

Here is report of the day including information you may find useful including some items you may want to action.

Submissions are currently being invited to Heritage 2030: guilds or individual craftspeople are encouraged to make a submission. The policy apparently has quite a wide remit and deals quite well with heritage in general – buildings, landscapes, etc but it is worrying that there is little mention of Craft, especially traditional crafts. The closing date has been extended to 31st March hoping that there will be a lot more. The remit is quite wide (environment/ buildings/etc.) but has little mention of Craft especially traditional crafts.

Felt makers Ireland members are asked to submit individually to the above- you can do so at the following link:heritageireland2030

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There was Discussion on ways to promote and celebrate excellence in Craft and Design – Awards V Distinction; traditional Skill V Creativity; Submission and Refusal; Adjudication – cost and relevance (peers/ other disciplines/ expert); Value of exhibitions in encouraging new involvement V showcase of own craft (commercial value?) Interdisciplinary practice; Value of Dublin = accessibility V Touring exhibition.

The Eurpean Artistic days are set for 7th-10th April. In association with this Felt makers Ireland will hold its usual Sunday Session on Sunday 14th. Helene Dooley will take us through the making of felt with multiple resists. The theme of this year’s European Artistic days is “to promote know how, inherited from yesterday but reinvented today”. Felting which is one of the oldest crafts in society was used to provide the very basics of clothing and shelter, is now emerging as a luxury craft as well as a medium for visual artists.

Dccoi announced the Opening of Tyrone Guthrie Centre Monaghan for 2 Craft residencies- please contact them if interested.

The Council of Irish Fashion & GANS collaboration project was discussed (Anthologies Magazine – blacksmith and fashion) there will be further discussion at meeting (4th April)

Making.ie a new website, the DCCOi have found their magazine was no longer viable – so without this traditional medium to showcase work, it was decided to adapt to the new media of Web page/ Instagram/ twitter. With an Aim to provide a catalogue of craft ideas and initiatives.

We have added this link to our “Community resources “page and we will keep in touch with them in an effort to liaises and promote Felt maker Ireland events.

Ben Elliot from UCD School of Architecture is investigating societies of the past from their material remains: some interesting public seminars. All are Welcome – April 18th 12.00-1300 Barry Raftery Seminar Room Ardmore Annex UCD “CRAFT: HOW TRADITIONAL CRAFTS ARE ABOUT MORE THAN JUST MAKING” benjamin.elliott@ucd.ie this could really apply to felt making and Ben would be interested in talking to members and makers.

NIVAL (National Irish Visual Arts Library) – Renata Pekowska any archival material – pictures/ catalogues/ advertisement/ photos/ your own items of craft and their stories – new premises in NCAD by summer.

www.nival.ie

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Feltmakers Ireland has been lucky to receive funding from DCCoI. With this funding we were able to host a Masterclass in September 2017 with interior architects and felt designers Claudio Varone and Anneke Copier in Farmleigh, Phoenix Park.

We look forward to continued association with the Design Crafts Council.

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