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

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

 

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

agriculture-animal-animal-photography-459215Hi All,

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.

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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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Sunday Session…

Hi Everyone,

10.30am, usual place… knockmarroon gate studio. We really hope you’ll join us to listen to Mary Hoy talk about her own journey in textiles as well as review her recent participation in the wonderful ‘pine needle’ workshop with Leiko.

JOB OPPORTUNITY, Co Louth

Hi folks,

An Grianan ICA Educational College in Termonfeckin, Co.Louth has been in touch…

They are wondering if any of our members would be interested in doing a felt needlework class for the weekend of Friday 14th – Sunday 16thJune’19. They have a group of 9 members from Donegal who are looking to do Felt Needlework. They provide all tutors with accommodation and meals and have an hourly rate and also pay mileage costs. Please get in touch if you are interested or able to help.

Creative Livelihoods, DCCoI seminar & AGM

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Feltmakers Ireland is a member of DCCoI. We try to forward on to our members events that may be of interest. See the links below for booking for 11th June AGM and seminar of DCCoI.

Join us on June 11th at the National Museum of Ireland for the ‘Creative Livelihoods’ – The Value of Craft in Communities seminar. We have an exciting line-up of speakers that will highlight the value and

opportunities of living and working in rural regions while connecting to a global marketplace. Highlights include Lorna McAuley from the Harris Tweed Authority who will bring us on a journey that maps the

highs and lows of the Harris Tweed industry and what it means to the Isle of Harris. Colin McCallion of eBay will share insights on the potential for online trade and eBays role in opening

the global market place for craft and Chupi Sweetman will share how she grew her brand to operate in 64 countries around the world.

 More Info and how to book

The DCCoI AGM is also on on the same date-

To Book AGM https://dccoi.doodle.com/poll/zspw84fcu29wx5s7

AGM DCCOI

Interview: Elizabeth Bonnar

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ELIZABETH BONNAR

Elizabeth Bonnar is the founding member of Felt makers Ireland. At a recent committee meeting she described herself as “the oldest living member” which was quite amusing and a humble introduction! Liz will be leading a 1day workshop on 15th June on the topic of Nuno felting. Ahead of this we decided to find out a little more about her personal journey and relationship with Felt.

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

I was brought up in a small town in central Scotland, and had a “free range” childhood, during which I made strong and lasting connections with nature.

My mother was a talented seamstress and knitter and also a creative home decorator.   Home was always full of fabric, yarns, paints, patterns, all set against the constant hum of the Singer sewing machine. From her I developed a strong connection with fabrics, colour, texture and style; my own creativity was rooted in darning and then knitting.

Working life was as a GP in Scotland and England and later in Ophthalmology in Dublin.Over the years I have enjoyed collecting fabrics, yarns and textiles on my travels.

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

Through joining the Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers I discovered felt, a craft I had never heard of, despite my love affair with wool. From that beginning I joined the International Felt makers Association, based in the UK, eventually becoming the local co-ordinator for its Irish members and in 2003 I set up Felt makers Ireland.

Of the many felting techniques I explored, my favourite soon became Nuno felt. Having converted our garage to a studio has given me storage for my stashes of fibre and fabrics, and keeping them all in glass cabinets helps the creative process.

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

My inspiration starts with the fabric – usually patterned silk, or ultrafine merino. The pattern and the colours guide me to any yarns in my collection that may be incorporated and very soon I can picture in my mind the finished article. My real passion is using silk fibre and fabrics in the design, along with exotic yarns, often in a grid system. At present I am exploring “painting” flowers on to hand painted silk, often using Treetops fibre, which comes in beautiful colour combinations, with silk fibre to match

My motivation is to try to make something beautiful from the colours and textures I have in my collection. Attending a recent dyeing workshop however has shown me there is much more waiting to be explored!

What wool fibres, will do for us is a continuing source of amazement to me; they can be as fine as 14 microns (the human hair is about 60 microns) and when felted can end up as parts in airplane engines or as delicate cobweb felt; they have the ability to travel spirally along their axis in the felting process, wherever we direct them, and then to shrink into the new fabric we are creating – and bring other fibre and fabrics along with them – physics and engineering!

What are you working on now?

I will be giving a 1 day NUNO felt workshop on behalf of Feltmakers Ireland on June 15th.

You can find the link below for application form and details of the materials required.  I’d love to see many of our community there to share my skills.

NUNO FELTING WORKSHOP JUNE 2019

On behalf of Felt makers Ireland, we sincerely thank Liz for her work on the committee and for setting up this valued organisation. Although Liz intends to step away from committee duties she continues to be a valued contributor. You will be able to see and learn from her skills if you choose to sign up for the 1day Nuno felting experience in June.