Saturday, June 20, 2009

Workshop Update from Derryaun Crafts, Co. Mayo

Here is the latest workshop information from Derryaun Crafts, Westport, Co. Mayo. For more details visit

Basket weaving with Joe Hogan.
The aim of the course is to give as thorough an introduction as possible to making a basket, from making the base to finishing the border.
When: Thurs/Fri 9th and 10th July 2009
Cost: €160.00
Booking: Closing date for bookings 22nd June

Wild Wire Flowers
Working with wire, beads and colourful tubular knitted wire learn how to make coils, spirals and wire wraps using precision jewellery tools to create delicate and bold flower shapes that can be used as accessories and sculptural work
When: Wed 15th July
Cost: €65.00

Copper, Beads and Wire
Learn how to make this beautiful beady animal hanger. This exciting workshop will include all the following techniques, forging and cutting sheet copper into shapes, applying a patina using a propane and oxygen flame, melting wire into ball ends, coiling and making wire wrapped loops, all these techniques can be incorporated in jewellery making to give a bold unique look
When: Fri 31st July and Sat 1st Aug
Cost: €160.00

Acrylic Painting Workshop with Artist Jane Dunn.
The aim of this course is to encourage a confident and creative approach to using acrylic paints in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Beginners and experienced are welcome as each student will receive personal tuition to meet their individual needs.
When: Sat and Sun 8th/9th August
Cost: €150

Basic Traditional Wet Felting for beginners with Suzie Sullivan
Learn all about wool fibre, and how to turn it into a strong piece of felt, using hot water soap and friction, we will focus on sample pieces using basic techniques, and explore how to add surface colour and texture using inclusions such as hand dyed silk, raw fleece and wool knops. This is a very popular creative craft that can be easily done in your own home, no experience needed.
When: Wed 12th August

Mask Making with Carmel Balfe
Ever wanted to be the bell of a Venetian ball? Why not start by learning how to make your own half mask. We are running a mask making workshop to be facilitated by Carmel Balfe and all skill levels are welcome. Over the course of one weekend Carmel will cover face casting, silk felt making, moulding and treating the felt to make it durable. Materials used to complete the mask will include ostrich and peacock feathers and fabric trim. Come and immerse yourself in the glamour and the art. Cost to be arranged.
When: Sat and Sun 21/22 Nov
Cost: TBC
Bookings: Closing date for bookings 30th October

Precious Metal Clay with Maura Dickerson
Learn how to make charms, earrings and pendants from PMC, this will be an intense, detailed workshop covering all accepts of working with precious metal clay. Students will be making a minimum of 5 pieces. PMC when fired is 99% pure silver
When: .Sat and Sun 3rd and 4th Oct
Cost:Due to the expensive cost of materials for this workshop pricing is higher than usual €260.00
This workshop coincides with the Westport Arts Week, so there will be plenty of arty buzz in Westport!

Wild Woven Animals with Tom Meskell
Come and spend an exciting two days with Tom and learn how to make your very own woven animal using willow, birch and found objects….more details later.
When: TBC

  • The cost of each course includes materials & light refreshments, please bring a packed lunch, and a note book will be useful.
  • A 50% deposit is required with bookings. Deposits are non-refundable but your booking can be transferred with 7 days notice. Please pay by credit card or send a P.O. or a cheque made payable to Derryaun Crafts with your booking,

Derryaun Crafts,
Sheefry House,
Nr. Westport,
Co Mayo.

T: 098 21888

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