Duckett’s Grove official opening a big success!

Dawn and I have had a busy time of it since Chrissie Day and Nigel headed home on Tuesday morning. We’ve taken loads of pictures, I finished a lot of stitching while Dawn caught up with emails and facebook, we delivered my felt to Duckett’s Grove yesterday afternoon, collected mum’s car (because with Danish friend Kirsten arriving we couldn’t all fit in my pick up truck!), got up early again this morning for the official opening of the new craft and gallery shop, felted in the studio for the first time, was interviewed for the paper, filmed and interviewed for today’s RTE News, collected Kirsten from the bus and then headed home to Clasheen in time for an early supper and to watch the slot on the 6 o’clock news!!!

Dawn in front of my vessels at the opening of Duckett's Grove

It really was a case of being in the right place at the right time. Edel Galvin from Carlow County Development Partnership had asked me if I would do a little felting demo in my new studio after the speeches and before I knew what was happening the footage was shot and I had my short moment of fame. The invited guests at the opening really seemed to appreciate the quality of the work displayed and it’s wonderful to finally have a local Co. Carlow venue to sell high-end craft from.

The fact that I have just secured a studio in the complex is really, really exciting. There may well be more workshops available in the future but currently there are 4 local artist makers who will be working from Duckett’s Grove and I feel privileged to say that I am one of them!!! I did think that I would be getting the keys today but there is still a bit of paperwork to complete so although I did get to felt inside the space for the first time today it will be another week or so before it is officially handed over to me! If you’d like to call in and say hello before I head to teach in the US I’ll be there all day on Sunday 6th May and hope to have a workshop schedule prepared for the rest of the summer, there will also be a big craft market in the grounds of Duckett’s Grove and all the studios should be open to the public!

Having fun felting for the first time in my new studio at Duckett's Grove!

Check out Dawn’s facebook page for loads of images of the buildings and the opening, she was snapping away and has some lovely shots.


17 thoughts on “Duckett’s Grove official opening a big success!

  1. Congratulations on everything that is happening… are on a roll with all the good things going on!!! You jave worked hard for it too. What are you wearing, it looks really interesting???


    • Hey Carole, for the opening I was wearing a pair of black linen trousers, cherry red linen shift dress (think that you might say jumper!) and a large nuno felt wrap in varying shades of red!!!

  2. Had such a great day today….So glad to see your new studio all decked out and also to have Kirsten here with us, and to see you on the TV…We fit a lot into a day’s time and I loved every minute!

  3. Congrats!! Such a interesting textured backdrop to show your feltworks against. It looks fabulous -that sounds rather insipid — but it does! Impressive and wonderful that you have a presence locally and internationally. Will you still do your Carlow Market Friday gig too? You are such an admirable bustle of organized energy…. just to have a quarter of it…. Time Management & Fantastic Felting with Nicola? Have fun in the States and in your new studio.

    • Thank you Juliane, Duckett’s Grove is really a wonderful place!!! I’m still going to be in Borris for the market every Friday morning. I love to support local business and in a way that’s what started the ball rolling for the new studio too, if I hadn’s had stock made fot Borris I wouldn’t have submitted and presented to them at Duckett’s Grove!

  4. Congradulations from Canada! How wonderful for you to have opened up your new studio. Love your website, keeps me inspired to start a new project.

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