14 Nov Studio, television series, workshop and retreat update, Christmas events!
It’s been an incredibly busy autumn and start to the winter season. I’m so enjoying working in the studio, facilitating the first two online eco printing workshops as well as seeing projects that I was involved in earlier this year starting to bear fruit now. It’s impossible to write a long review of each of these activities because there are just not enough hours in my day, I also have a wonderful new rescue dog called Freddy so at least I’m getting plenty of fresh air and exercise! Instead of a long and rambling post here’s a brief update on the most important events.
On the workshop side of things, the first online intensive six week eco printing foundation course has proved to be a lot of hard work but ultimately extremely rewarding. It’s difficult to explain how wonderful it is to be able to facilitate a class from the comfort of my own home, I’m learning new things too and I hope that all the participants are also really enjoying the online workshop experience. The second round of this workshop is now underway and next Sunday my first online felting class launches. This new intensive six week course is titled ‘Flat felt in the tumble dryer, all the fun of the creative process with none of the rubbing and rolling!‘. I decided to offer the class now but not start it until Monday 7th January, this gives people an opportunity to gather their supplies and get organised but not worry about having class time over the upcoming Christmas and New Year holiday period! If you’d like a little more information here’s the link, please note though that the page will say registration closed right up until 8am CET on Sunday 20th November. I will be writing up a new FAQ page for the website but in the meanwhile a lot of the answers about how the class content will be delivered and what support I offer may be found in this blog post about the eco printing workshop. If you’d like to be kept up to date with upcoming workshop news please consider joining my mailing list.
If combining a personal workshop with a trip to Ireland grabs your fancy why not consider joining me for the second Irish ten day felting and eco printing residential retreat next July? I’m really thrilled to say that Bryan and Martin are happy for us to make a return visit to beautiful Kilgraney House from 14th until 24th July! I’m going to write about this in more detail in an upcoming blog post but here’s the link if you’re interested in checking out what is on offer and would like to reserve your place now!
Some of you may remember that I spent five days in August filming at Clasheen as part of the children’s television series ‘Makers’. This was an absolute pleasure to work on, thanks 1000 times to Sheila (research and fabulous food!), Julian (director), Steve (sound) and Richard (camera man) for making the experience such fun! The programmes have now been broadcast on our national television channel, they are available online up until Monday 20th February and because there is no geo tagging everyone should be able to watch them anywhere in the world! The episodes that follow me felting and eco printing at Clasheen (both by myself and with children) are numbers 6 to 10 inclusive. Although ‘Makers’ is filmed with the younger audience in mind it doesn’t talk down to children and may be equally enjoyed by adult viewers. If you’d like to see more of my home, printing studio and rural surroundings just download the player and check out the programmes! We also visited Charlie Nolan’s butcher shop to pick up onion skins, the wonderful Cushendale Woollen Mill to collect some lambswool and Grennan Mill Craft School to get a glimpse of my solo show during Kilkenny Arts Festival. The five short programmes really do give a true feel of my rural Irish lifestyle!
The National Crafts & Design Fair looms on the horizon, this year it starts on Wednesday 30th November and continues until Sunday 4th December. I’m delighted that two of my pieces have been selected for the 2016 Gift Guide which is the official publication for the event, click here if you’d like to download a copy and check out pages 24 and 54! If you’re coming to the fair I’ll be up on the balcony as usual and the stand numbers are B8 and B9. I’ve broken out this year and booked a double space because I’ve taken the decision not to do Showcase in January. Instead of spending a lot of time aiming for the trade customer I want to concentrate on what I enjoy best, the making process, sharing skills by facilitating workshops, working towards a joint international exhibition with two friends for 2018 and writing more online workshops. Already I can feel myself relaxing and enjoying the studio time I crave, I’m also really having fun with my new rescue collie Freddy!!!
Finally for today, I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be taking part in the FORM Christmas shop in the Shaw Room at Carlow Library from December 13th to 23rd inclusive, closed on Sunday 18th. This is the first time that we have had a group selling event for Christmas and I really hope that it is a good one! The Shaw Room was perfect for our exhibition during the Carlow Arts Festival and it’s nice to be able to offer customers hand made gifts produced in their own county.
Hm, that’s all for now folks until next time, maybe I actually did ramble a bit!