Friday, April 11, 2014

XXIV Mostra do Encaixe de Camariñas

 Last year, I was lucky enough to attend the Symposium for Young Lacemakers in Italy, this year I am delighted to be invited to XXIV Mostra do Encaixe de Camariñas, in North Western Spain for a 4 day festival of Lace. Hence, the lack of updates for the best part of April!

I will be exhibiting my own work in lace but also advocating the wonderful lace community in Ireland. On display will be images, books and information about lacemakers and events happening in Ireland.  

I'm super nervous and excited about this trip. It'll be a jam-packed week of meeting new people from all over the world, there are attendees from over 12 countries, from Portugal, Russia, to Brazil. I am completely honored to be the Irish attendee and just wish I had more time (years!!) to make the lace I would love to make and show at an event like this. So, I'm calling this a test run, opening connections between Ireland and Galicia not just for me, but for other lacemakers. I hope from next week onwards, there will be an Irish lacemaker at this event every year.  

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Irish Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Open Day, Dublin

Irish Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers  is having another Open Day, on April 12th, 2014 in the Dodder Room, RDS , entrance via Anglesea Road gate.
Come for an hour or for the whole day. Try out spindle spinning, wheel spinning, tapestry weaving, peg loom weaving, weaving on rigid heddle loom, weaving on a table loom in a relaxed atmosphere. 

The Open Day will incorporate the monthly Eastern Region meeting, normally held on the balcony in Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, Dublin 2

Time: 10.00 - 16.00. 
Cost: €5 to include fibre-y goody bag.

For more information visit 

April Spotlight!

  Lesley Stothers

Our April Spotlight is artist Lesley Stothers. Her solo show which opens tomorrow, 31st March 2014, in The Pigs Back Restaurant, Cork. The official launch takes place at 6.30pm on Thursday 3rd April  2014

Originally from Scotland, she studied at Edinburgh College of Art where she gained her degree with first class honours and post graduate diploma in tapestry design. After graduation she worked in retail management full time with City of Edinburgh Museums and Galleries while teaching arts and crafts night classes for fifteen years until she moved to Ireland in 2003.

Following her move to Cork City she pursued further study in stitched textiles at Colaiste Stiofan Naofa, Cork and was awarded the City and Guilds ‘Gold Medal for Excellence’ in creative craft, 2005. At this time she started to develop her own creative practice. She regularly exhibits work in galleries in Cork, Scotland and at Stroud International Textiles Festival. She is an active member of The Cork Textiles Network, curating and organising several exhibitions and events. In addition to her creative practice she teach, facilitate workshops and work to commission.

Lesley creates one off textile wall pieces, with a contemporary twist. She knits and crochets with wire in combination with hand and machine stitch, appliqué and embroidery.

Inspired by mealtimes and family celebrations she constructs a surprising view of everything from formal dining to a casual cuppa. The best crockery, polished cutlery, folded linen napkins and carefully laid out place settings feature in her artwork.

"I am interested in the day to day, the ordinary objects that have a bearing on my life. Working with textile techniques such as hand and machine stitching, knitting, crochet, weaving, I delight in the making process. Alongside traditional materials and techniques, I experiment with wrapping and binding materials such as wire, foil, plastic and paper to explore low - relief and 3D surface patterning. I am currently interested in ideas relating to the home, domesticity and particularly family ties".

Lesley's show opens at 6.30pm on Thursday 3rd April  2014 at The Pigs Back Restaurant, Douglas, Cork.

To see more of her work visit

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Crafternoon Tea Party, Sligo

A Crafternoon Tea Party is a very special event coming up in Sligo on the Sunday, 18th May 2014

Creative workshops in a sumptuous afternoon tea setting. 

Fundraiser for Sligo Cancer Support Centre

Tickets will be on sale from Tuesday 8 April in Beltra post office & Sligo Cancer Support Centre on Wine Street.

Stay tuned for more details or visit their Facebook page:

Upcycling Workshops, Co.Sligo

Dollys Cottage is a 200-year-old traditional thatched cottage, renovated yet unchanged. When you step through the little red door, it is like stepping into the past. Dolly''s Cottage has hardly changed in its 200 years and provides an experience of how people lived until the not so distant past. Read more about Dollys Cottage here

Ar Gor, Exhibition, Dingle, Co. Kerry

Ar Gor/ hatchery is an exhibition which reflects the response of 10 artists to a gift of a quail egg. The work will be in a variety of media and includes several 3 dimensional works. This exhibition features two Kerry based textile artists Una Ní Shé and Orla Breslin.

This exhibition will be in An Lab runs from 25th April, through Dingle's Arts Festival Feile na Bealtaine, until the 10th May. There will be short art workshops running to the public during the festival.

Taispeántas isea Ar Gor / hatchery a léiríonn freagra deichiúr ealaíontóirí ar bhronntanas d’ubh geirge. Cumfar na saothair ag baint úsáid as meáin éagsúla, roinnt saothair tréthoiseach san áireamh.
Beidh roinnt ceardlann a chur ar fáil don bpobal le linn na féile.

Opens 24th April 2014 at 6.30pm. 
All welcome!


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