The Mill Project at The Knitting and Stitching Fair 2013

Jean McKennaKnitting and Stitching at the RDS Dublin from 31st October – 3rd November 2013

Filament Fibre Artists continue with their diverse and exciting work based on Bolands Mill in Co. Kilkenny. Last year, at the Knitting and Stitching Show they showed work in progress from the beginning of the project. Now we are seeing the progression of their work. Time and nature have impacted on this imposing structure and each one of the eight members of Filament is drawn to different aspects of the Mill and its impressive mechanical workings. Themes of preservation and maintenance run through the work, which is strongly influenced by the people who worked in the mill in the past and the evidence of that work which is left behind in the structure. Using both traditional and innovative techniques the group explore the impact of the physical building and its surroundings, and also investigate the history of this old building and the past generations who worked and lived in the area, each member producing vibrant new work that owes much to the group dynamic yet is entirely her own.

Filament Fibre Artists are at stand number TG30 in the Textile Gallery please come along and view this new and exciting body of work and speak to the artists on the stand. Also on show will be work from recent NCAD graduates Siofra Bourke & David O’Malley.

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CultureCraft Exhibition Derry

Photo: President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina pictured at the official opening of the CultureCraft exhibition at London Street Gallery in Derry-Londonderry. Also included are curator Seliena Coyle, Mayor of Derry Martin Reilly, Bishop James Mehaffey, Martin Bradley, Chairman of Culture Company 2013, Helen Quigley, Managing Director of Inner City Trust, Professor Declan McGonagle and Noelle McAlinden, Arts and Education advisor with Culture Company.

Caroline Schofield and Tara Ní Nualláin have been taking part in the CultureCraft Exhibition at the London Street Gallery as part of the Derry City of Culture initiative.

The opening of the exhibition launched  Northern Ireland Craft Month and last week was visited by The President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina. The president was greeted by curator Seliena Coyle and Gallery staff. He went on to meet and talk to each of the artists and gave a very informed speech on the importance of craft and making.

Caroline Schofield (pictured below) has been facilitating a master class workshop in Derry this week in support of the CultureCraft exhibition.

Caroline Schofield meets President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina

 

Here is a taste of Tara Ní Nualláin’s work that is currently on show at CultureCraft

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CultureCraft on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/CultureCraft/145233802309679

London Street Gallery, Derry

http://www.londonstreetgallery.org/index.html

Craft Northern Ireland website and August Craft Month Programme

http://www.craftni.org/augustcraftmonth

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Carloine Schofield at Brown Thomas Grafton Street

Photos of Caroline Schofield’s stitched portrait currently on view in Brown Thomas window in Grafton Street.

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Sheila Jordan at Feltmakers Ireland

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Sheila Jordan I currently taking part in the Feltmakers Ireland “Origins, Felt in the Natural World” exhibition which will open at the Botanic Gardens in Dublin

Sheila’s work consists of a felted bowl and a felt neckpiece with silver detail (pictured above)

Origins – Felt in the Natural World 7th-26th August

As part of its 10th Anniversary celebrations, Feltmakers Ireland will be holding an exhibition of members’ work in the National Botanic Gardens entitled Origins – Felt in the Natural World. The pieces will represent the makers’ response to the natural world and in particular to the plants in the National Botanic Gardens. Take part in the ‘Beautiful Blossoms’ workshops hosted by the Feltmakers on the 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th of August, where you can learn how to make your own flowers from felt. Daily in the Gallery Space, Education and Visitor Centre. Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday & Sunday, 10am-6pm Admission Free. Contact the Visitor Centre for further details on 01 857 0909

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Woven into Memory

Jean Mckenna

Several members of Filament Fibre Artists will be taking part in a major craft exhibition “Woven into Memory” at the Wexford Arts Centre and in conjunction with the Blue Egg Gallery.

The exhibition is curated by Carmel Creaner and Mary Gallagher and will be opened by Cornelia McCarthy on the 20th of July at 6pm. The opening will be preceded by with a talk by Carmel Creaner “The Narrative-Lline Embroidered Memories” at 2pm on the 20th of July

Woven into Memory will run until the 31st of August and will feature work from a broad range of artists including Jean McKenna, Sarah Dawson, Sheila Jordan and Tara Ní Nualláin and Caroline Schofield from Filament Fibre Artists.

For more details follow the links below:

Wexford Arts Centre:

http://www.wexfordartscentre.ie/current-exhibition.html

The Blue Egg Gallery

http://www.blueegggallery.ie/

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Filament Receive Wonderful Welcome at Fancroft Mill

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The Filament Fibre Artists were treated to a fascinating visit to Fancroft Mill and gardens in glorious summer sunshine last week. When we were invited to visit Fancroft we jumped at the chance to see a working mill that has been completely restored over the last few years due to the dedication of its owners Irene and Marcus Sweeney.

We arrived early in the day to explore the beautiful gardens and enjoy the summer colour at a leisurely stroll before taking advantage of Irene’s tasty refreshments.

Marcus then took us on a tour of the renovated mill. His passion for the renovation, knowledge of the history and working of the mill and his attention to detail were very inspiring. Having such a knowledgeable guide added a great deal to our visit and to our ability to understand the mill we have been researching in Kells in Kilkenny which sadly, is no longer working.

We visited the grain store and had an insight into the type of working environment labourers would have dealt with in the mills. Then we explored the mill race, sluice gates and the mill wheel itself and Marcus explained the workings of the water wheel and its restoration. The cool atmosphere was filled with the steady mesmeric movement and sound of the wheel.

We moved on to the part of the mill where grain is ground into flour. The conservation and restoration of the structure is immaculate. Many of the original elements of the mills mechanics have been retained and are now hundreds of years old. Once they began to move we felt history come to life. The whole building began to thrum and pulse with a low vibration which began with the water in the wheel and made its way up through the mill stones to the whirring belts and shafts on the floors above.

The simplicity and the ingeniousness of the mechanism was very moving and we came away with a deep respect for the people that designed, built and worked this mill. We also gained a new appreciation of what our Mill in Kells must have been like in its glory days.

We left the cool interior of the mill and returned to the treats of Irene’s wonderful kitchen and a feast fit for royalty. We enjoyed a leisurely lunch and learned more of the couples experience with the restoration and upkeep of the mill and gardens.

It was a wonderful and fascinating visit that will inform our work into the future and fuel creativity energy in the new phase of our Mill project. Filament Fibre Artists would like to thank our hosts, Marcus and Irene most sincerely for their wonderful hospitality, their wealth of knowledge and their generosity in giving us their time.

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Knitting and Stitching Fair 2012

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Filament Fibre Artists have been working hard in preparation for this year’s Knitting and Stitching Fair at the RDS. Now the Fair is up and running and our new work from the Mill project is on show in our “Studio Exhibition”.

The idea behind the “Studio Exhibition” is to show the progression of work from source to product and so the exhibition features drawings, photos, samples and information about the Mill and how the individual artists approached the theme.

The intention is that this work will continue to develop over the next twelve months or so and become the content of a broader exhibition. We have been delighted to hear the feedback and interest of the viewers at the RDS in both the work on display and the theme of the Mill. Thanks to all who have come view the work and to chat with the artists on hand at the stand.

We will of course be available at the RDS until Sunday if you haven’t had the chance to visit yet!

 

 

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