Felt at exhibition, Etsy shop

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!!

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Felting, embellishing, ‘Craft in the Classroom’

FELTING AND EMBELLISHING COURSES Check out my new workshops page for all the information and to book your place at the upcoming Sigrid Bannnier, Mahmet Girgic and Sheila Smith workshops.  Both Sigrid’s and Sheila’s dates are confirmed and places are limited so please move quickly if you want to reserve a spot!

Over the last few days I have made a couple of new style scarves using some pencil roving that I bought from Wollknoll.  The merino actually costs quite a bit more per kg when bought this way but more than makes up for this extra expense by the time saved when laying out the wool.  I am really looking forward to getting stuck into things this week, it will actually be the first week in my new found career that I can devote totally to felting.

Yesterday I attended an information day in Tallaght organised and run by the Crafts Council explaining an initiative they organise titled ‘Craft in the Classroom’.  This is an excellent scheme offering to partner artists and craftspeople with schools and teachers in primary schools.  The selected schools offer residencies to the selected artists/crafts people and then they work together with the children to explore and create some amazing art work across the various disciplines.  I am definitly going to apply to the scheme and try to obtain a residency, it would be a  great way to expand my practice and I would really enjoy working with young children and see what ideas develop from there.  This year the residencies will take place in either the West Dublin area or in Co. Leitrim, watch this space to see how I progress!