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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Upcoming Sunday Sessions

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Following today’s successful Sunday session we are pleased to announce the following two Sunday sessions.

March 12

Cobweb Felting

April 9th 

Show and Tell from Dagmar Binder Workshop

Please note that Sunday sessions always take place on the second Sunday of each month from 10:30 to 13:00. There is no Sunday session in May as that’s when we have our AGM. This year the AGM is on May 21st in Lucan.

Don’t Forget: ‘Make a Wrap Skirt’ Workshop with Dagmar Binder

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We’re very excited about the upcoming Make a Wrap Skirt workshop hosted by renowned textiles artist, Dagmar Binder.

Dagmar Binder 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. […] Since 2007, she’s also been teaching her felting techniques on national and international levels.

The workshop runs from Saturday 1st-Monday 3rd of April, 2017 at St. Anne’s Parish Centre in Portmarnock. Further details can be found in the application form below.

Further examples of Dagmar Binder’s work can be found on her website.

Completed application forms and full payments to be received no later than the 1st of March.  Places will be allocated on a lottery system among fully paid up members of Feltmakers Ireland.

Any remaining unfilled places will be allocated by lottery among remaining applicants.  Unsuccessful applicants will have their payments refunded.

Details of the materials required will be given to the successful applicants via email in advance of the workshop.

To partake in the workshop please fill in the application form found Here.

 

 

Dagmar Binder Workshop UPDATE

 

Details (venue and cost) of the upcoming Dagmar Binder workshop will be posted mid February. Keep watching this space!

Upcoming International Workshop with Dagmar Binder

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The Make a Wrap Skirt workshop with Dagmar Binder will be an event not to be missed. As places will be limited please keep an eye on our website for application forms.

For more information on Dagmar Binder and her work. Visit her website.

More information on the workshop is coming soon. Please check back in the coming days.

New Year! New Skill! New Hat!

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Come and join us for a fun workshop to start off the year. Details below!

Learn the principles of felt making and make a hat!  Explore surface decoration, texture, Nuno and 3D.

Cost of Workshop   –   Members     €55     Non-Members     €80

Price includes 50g of fibre for use on the day plus more on sale

Saturday 28th, January 2017 10am – 5pm

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Rathdown School Hall, Upper Glenageary Road, Glenageary, Co Dublin.

Tea, Coffee and refreshments will be provided but please bring a packed lunch

For further information contact Christine Maxwell on ( 086 3640233)

Deadline for receipt of applications is January 20th 2017 there is no refund after this date

Christmas Gift Idea

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Feltmakers Ireland gift vouchers are now available and can be used as a great stocking filler for those nearest and dearest to you!

You determine the value of the voucher. Vouchers can be redeemed toward the purchase of fibre or the price of a workshop.

To purchase a voucher contact Christine Maxwell on 0863640233.

Sunday Session – Marjolein Dallinga

 

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Join us on Sunday next (November 13th) when we will be looking back on the work that was made with Marjolein Dallinga when she gave a workshop to Feltmakers Ireland members last month.

The Sessions take place in our studio in the Phoenix Park from 10.30-13.00. There is a €5 which includes tea/coffee. The studio is located beside the Knockmaroon gate to the park. Everyone welcome.

Needle felting workshop in Mayo with Janel Gleich

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