Tuesday, July 15, 2014

August is a busy month for Craft!

Cork Craft Month takes place
5th August – 5th September 2014

'A Celebration of Craft in Cork City and County - The perfect chance to discover locally crafted products to delight and surprise'.

Cork Craft Month 2014 is a month long festival of craft celebrating of the amazing abundance of high quality craft produced in Cork County and City. Crafts people working individually or alongside other artists present a diverse range of high quality craft activities. Through exhibitions, workshops, craft fairs and seminars you can make, see, collect and learn about contemporary craft.


August Craft Month 2014 is an annual celebration of contemporary craft in Northern Ireland.

"In 2014, Explore over 100 craft events including talks, exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations at over 40 locations throughout Northern Ireland. Experience Northern Ireland through the best of contemporary craft by seeing, making or buying it!"

Read/Download the August Craft Month 2014 PDF brochure HERE (online reader version will appear here shortly) 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

ANYA - To Russia With Love

I recently came across this little gem on Twitter. To Russia with Love, a charity that works with orphaned and abandoned children across Russia, has teamed up with Brown Bag Films, one of my favourite Irish animation companies, (makers of Octonauts, The Secret of Kells and Give up Yer Ole Sins).

Their new initiative, ANYA, is a four minute animation charting 20 years in the life of a Russian orphan. 

"Originally approached to produce a short advert to highlight the work we do with abandoned and orphaned children in Russia, the Dublin based studio decided a short film would work much better.

Writer/director Damien O’Connor explains ‘the idea was simple, we make a piece of entertainment and if people like it, they show their gratitude by donating money directly to To Russia With Love. In a way it’s ‘visual busking’, we’re used to charity singles and calendars, so we applied the same approach to an animated film instead".

If you would like to donate to the charity, simply text HUG to 50300 to donate €4 to the charity.

So, where is the textile connection? There has to be one! 

I read a blog post by Brown Bag Films about how they got 53 Pasha bears sent from the USA. Pascha is the teddy bear in the animation. Read the blog post, its a wonderful story about how Allison Hoffman, an amigurumi maker in the US, saw the animation, contacted Brown Bags and asked if she could make the bears. (Read her blog entry). Amigurumi is a Japanese crochet techniques for crocheting teddy dears and dolls

Allison has written up a lovely crocheted pattern for Pascha The Bear. To Russia With Love is now asking for people to make the bears, for two reasons. Firstly they could be ambassador bears, take pictures of the bears, put in a high profile locations, in waiting rooms, workplaces, etc with information about the charity. Or you could take pictures of Pascha, and share the information on social media. All this will help in the campaign to raise funds for the children of Russia. 

Secondly, To Russia with Love are asking for people to make the bears, to give to each of the children in Russia. They are all very familiar with the animation, and a Pascha each of their own, would be fantastic.

For more information contact To Russia with Love 

Seaview House, 
192 Clontarf Road, 
Dublin 3, 

Tel:  +353 1 8532919
       00353 1 8532920

Email: info@torussiawithlove.ie


Sew Dublin!

 Sew Dublin | Sewing classes, quilting supplies & classes | fabric dublin | patchwork supplies | embroidery classes |

A friendly shop supplying fabric, haberdashery and needlecraft goods to experienced textile crafters and keen beginners. Sew Dublin also provides classes and workshops for a diverse range of needlework and textile craft techniques. We love to sew, to create and make!

Sew Dublin offers a variety of classes and workshops in their dedicated studio at the shop. It is a beautiful and atmospheric open space with lots of light and is fully equipped with sewing machines, cutting tables and all the tools and notions you need to get creative.

Classes are evolving over time with more topics and dates being added regularly so check their website  for updates.

No 2, 
Wynnefield Rd, 
Dublin 6
Open: Tues to Sat 10am to 5.30pm
Closed: Monday
Tel: 01 406 2006
Email: classes@sewdublin.ie

‘DAMN FINE CITY’ | Screenprint Spectacular at Filmbase

‘DAMN FINE CITY’ | Screenprint Spectacular at Filmbase

   9 – 17 July   

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Opening: 9 July at 6pm Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 

Damn Fine Print and the Laya Healthcare City Spectacular (formerly World Street Performance Championship) have teamed up to present DAMN FINE CITY, a screenprint spectacular featuring artworks designed by six of Ireland’s leading illustrators. 

Come and join us for a sun-downer on opening night, Wed 9th of July from 6-10pm at Film Base Templebar to celebrate Dublin in Screenprint. There’ll be delicious summer poitin cocktails from the kind folk at the Glendalough Distillery, DJ’s, screen print demo’s from our mobile print crew and live framing by the wonderful Hang Tough. We’ve asked some of the most exciting creative talent in Ireland (and indeed the world) to climb inside their imaginations, and conjure up captivating artworks inspired by our spectacular city and what that means to them. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been busy in the studio screenprinting their artwork. This time we are going large format, 500mm X 700mm using 3 colours and overlaying transparent colours to create even more effects. THE LINE UP:
  • Annie Atkins, fresh from being lead graphic designer on Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel has picked a landmark that all Dubliners will recognise.
  • Chris Judge, illustrator of remarkable Children’s books such as the Lonely Beast has made the Dublin Architecture come alive.
  • M&E have made a beautiful artwork using similar unique techniques to their much lauded OFFSET credits.
  • Steve Simpson has picked two of Irelands great artists and added his signature style to a wonderfully intricate piece.
  • Kevin Waldron, living in New York, came home to soak in Dublin before making a wonderfully colourful Dublin scene.
  • Peter Donnelly has paid homage to a Dublin legend who himself captured so many memories for Irish people.

Patchwork courses with Its Sew Easy, Dublin

Summer Sewing - Patchwork courses with Its Sew Easy

One day workshops,  Six Week Patchwork Courses and more

This summer the Sew Easy studio has prepared for you the range of training options. We are sure that everyone will find something interesting and suitable for their level.  The Sewing Boot-Camps for Beginners and Improvers has just started (the next available spaces are for September).  Back by  popular demand, there is a one day patchwork workshop. We also run the six weeks Patchwork course - perfect option if you would like to practice  your sewing in between classes.  The six weeks course was tailored to suit complete beginners as well as refreshers who wish to learn or to get back into patchwork.   

Finally, or those who already has some idea about sewing techniques we have Dressmaking and Soft Furnishing Six week Courses where you can learn all of the basic skills and techniques needed to tackle dressmaking and soft furnishing projects.  

Date:  Range of dates from July through August and September

Place: Sew Easy Studio, Stillorgan, Dublin

More info or to book contact Maebh

Tel: 087 953 6818


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