Just a quick post today as I have a mountain of tidying to do before my first evening course starts tomorrow!! The opening of Breaking Out was fantastic, thanks to everyone who came and to all of you who have left comments on the blog. It was very interesting to see that there was work from 3 felt artists on display, it really seems to be the up and comming craft at the moment. Marika Miklosi Manning had very sculptural pendants and vessels, Nicola Farrell showed 3 large discs of felt (hung on the wall) and I had 4 neck pieces and the rug I made with Mehmet Girgic in September. Overall the exhibition was brilliantly curated by Ann Mulrooney and it is well worth a visit if you are anywhere near Kilkenny. As Micki has mentioned in her comments, Kilkenny Castle is definitely a place to see and the 2 exhibition galleries are housed in the old coach yard of the Castle, beautiful light filled spaces. Other selected exhibitors include ceramicists, jewellery makers, textile artists, wood workers, reclycled paper artists, metal workers and glass makers so it would be true to say that there will be something to excite everyone interested in cutting edge craft.
On Saturday I am going to pop down and take some images of my work on display, then I will upload them to the blog. I actually did an interview with a reporter this morning (her paper was emailed an image of me with my work at the opening) so I am going to be featured in the Carlow People next week, yipee!
My Etsy shop WILL be up and running early next week I promise. My biggest problem over the last week and a half is the sheer volume of organising I have had to do to get my tax returns sorted (not exactly sorted yet) and to prepare the house for my first class of students. This has all been on top of trying to prepare work for my next exhibition, the deadline for this work is mid next week so I am sure you can all imagine how hyper I am!!
Congrats Nicola! It looks like your work was a success, and I can’t wait to see your entries. I wish that I could have attended, but that is an impossibility. I would have loved it all! Looking forward to browsing your Etsy shop, and how exciting about the feature in the Carlow People next week…If you are like me, I would get a few copies of the of the paper