Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Craft Residency in Australia

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre have an opportunity for an international craft practitioner or designer-maker to undertake a unique artist-in-residency in Australia’s Capital City, Canberra.

In 2015, Craft ACT in collaboration with ACT Parks and Conservation service, is offering one international professional artist a 2-4 week residency at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage in Namadgi National Park located in the Nation’s Capital, Canberra, during August and September 2015. The artist will respond to their experience by creating new works for an exhibition in the Craft ACT Gallery in 2016. The Artist-in-Residence programme expressions of interest are open to professional, practicing craft practitioners and designer-makers who have a demonstrated history of excellence in their practice.

Submissions close 5pm Friday 22 May 2015. To download the submission form and for further information please visit the website or contact Gwenyth Macnamara, Curator of Public Programs via or by phone +66  2 6262 9333.

Further details on Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre and the Artist-in-Resident programme can be found on the website.

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre is the cultural network organisation in the greater Canberra region for all craft media with 40 years of experience. It advocates for the professional craft and design sector and delivers services to support sustainable professional practice.

This is a unique opportunity for an artist to not only experience Australia but to also develop new work to be exhibited internationally. Previous artist to undertake the international residency include celebrated UK textile artist Michael Brennand-Wood and renowned Japanese wood artist Satoshi Fujinuma.

See the Expression of Interest Form and information package together with the 2013/2014 Artist-in-Residence Catalogue to give potential artists an understanding of the programme and the unique location of the residency.

Contact: Gwenyth Macnamara
Telephone: +66 2 6262 9333

Expandable Books: Learn the Art of Book Making with Eilis Murphy at Lorg Printmakers, Galway

lorg-printmakersMarch 28th and 29th from 11 am to 3 pm | £90 for Lorg members/£120 for non-members.
Deposit of £50 MUST be paid in order to secure place.
Lorg Printmakers, Unit 8 Ballybane Enterprise Centre, Ballybane, Galway

In this two-day workshop, participants will create a variety of sewn and glued books, which make excellent sketchbooks, journals or artist’s books. Using simple sewing techniques, participants will be encouraged to develop their own distinctive bookbindings, ones that can expand and evolve in unexpected ways.
We will make a loop stitch binding: an exposed sewing in which stitches are shown on the book’s spine; a panelled accordion book: a glued structure which is perfect for displaying drawings and other artwork; a dos-à-dos book: a binding where two or more separate books are bound together; and some other alternative book structures.
Participants will also gain knowledge of how to use basic book binding tools and the principals of bookbinding including grain direction, gluing and folding tips.
Participants are encouraged to bring along any ideas, decorative paper, found objects or artwork that they would like to incorporate into their books.

Participants need to bring: Stanley knife/scalpel, cutting mat, ruler and pencil.
All other materials will be supplied.

Visual Art Installations at KnockanStockan Festival | Call for Submission

KnockanStockan are now taking submissions for knockvisual & performance art.
Famous for it’s sweet vibes and friendly atmosphere, as always, this years event is about growing and developing the community of musicians, artists, entertainers and dreamers, by giving them a platform on a festival stage.
Knockanstockan’s Art team has chosen the theme of ‘Duality’ to inspire the art work for this year’s festival. Duality is the two-sidedness of the world – the fact that everything has an opposite, a polar compliment. Duality is often referred to as YinYang. Feminine/masculine, conscious/unconscious, internal/external…the possibilities go on and on! This year we are particularly excited by the concept of light/dark and how the artwork can be translated or transformed at night. We don’t want the artwork to get lost in the dark but rather come alive and transform.
We invite you to submit proposals based on this theme. Your submission can be as simple or conceptual as you like. Keep in mind the beautiful and dynamic landscape you will be exhibiting in. Consider scale, lighting, use of natural/reusable materials and it’s interaction with the viewer and the land.

To apply simply complete the form on our website and we will be in touch soon. You can send pictures to this email address

Deadline for Applications is May 1st.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Pixalili, Co. Donegal

Pixalili Fabric POD

create : print : make

We are located in the beautiful North West of Ireland in Co. Donegal and we are in the throws of starting a new and exciting On-demand textile printing Company, our website will be up and running in Mid March and we hope to start printing by April/May 2015

We will print short runs of fabric no minimum order and can print designs or photos onto our organic fabrics including pure Irish Linen made here in Donegal.

We will be using eco friendly inks kind to the environment and the skin!

Quilting Workshops with Slaney Handcraft, Co. Carlow

Saturday, March 14, 2015

PRINT BLOCK, Upcoming Workshops, Dublin

Upcoming Workshops
We have lots of workshops and courses for you to try out this year! Sign up to one of our upcoming workshops or our new Taster Techniques workshops as an add-on to a previous Print Block course. For a full programme see our website

2 day workshop
Saturday 25 April + Saturday 9 May
10.30am – 4.30pm
Price €175, 6 places available

An introductory 2-day course focusing on the photo stencil technique of screen printing (a durable semi permanent stencil). Participants will learn how to prepare and create b&w images for screen using hand drawn or digital imagery, as well as experimenting with different printed imagery, print surfaces, registration, colour-layering and mixing and much more. A thorough introduction for those wishing to begin screen-printing on fabric or for those wishing to advance their skills as a follow on from our Introduction to Textile Printing Techniques course! A basic supply of materials is included in fee. For more info click here.

1 day workshop
Saturday 28 March
11.00am – 3.00pm
Price €95, 8 places available

Bring a touch of Spring into your home: create your own personalised screen printed homeware with a selection of floral and botanical designs. Participants will learn about colour mixing and basic registration. Basic printing materials are provided in fee, including: 2 t-towels, 4 napkins and 1 apron. Additional materials can be purchased at a cost on the day. Suitable for all levels including beginners. For more info click here.

Studio Membership
We are currently accepting proposals for full-time members to join our busy textile print studio. If you think you would like to join send us an email about what you do and reasons for applying. More details can be found on our website


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