‘Through The Mill’ exhibition at Grennan Mill 8th-17th August

SONY DSCFilament Fibre Artists’ exciting new work inspired by a disused flour mill in Co. Kilkenny dating from the 12th century, has something for anyone who is interested in old buildings, local and social history, the beauty of flowing water or the engineering of the massive machinery it powered. Time and nature have impacted on the imposing structure and each of the six artists  represented here has responded to the building through the prism of her particular artistic practice.

Hilary Bell’s printed, felted and stitched pieces convey the beauty of the engineering and function of the mill.

Sarah Dawson has been inspired by river, from the still calm gurgling waters to the raging torrents as it squeezes through the sluice gate.

Lucinda Jacob has focussed on the mass and solidity of this once mighty industrial building through stitch and form.

Sheila Jordan’s work explores what is left behind when the workers have gone, tools scattered and rusting, and the mill is silent.

Jean McKenna has been drawn to the bridge over the mill-race which is decaying, leading to magical, crunchy surfaces and lace-like edges in her work.

Tara Ní Nualláin’s stitched pieces are inspired by the patching and piecing of the wooden floor in the upstairs rooms, and the words ‘preserve’, ‘maintain’ and ‘keep’.

The exhibition runs during Kilkenny Arts Festival from 10am on Friday 8th August to 6pm on Sunday 17th August at the Grennan Mill Craft School in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny.  Official opening on Saturday 9th August at 5.30pm. The Filament exhibition is on the ground floor of the mill with five other artists exhibiting through out this beautiful old building,  so its well worth a visit .  Cathy Dineen – Illustration, Gerard Casey – Painting, Klaus Hartmann – Pottery, Larry Kinsella – Candlemaking, and Suzanna Crampton – Photography.


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Kilkenny Arts Festival Friday 8th Aug – Sunday 17th August


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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:


London Street Gallery, Derry


Craft Northern Ireland website and August Craft Month Programme


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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.

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The Blue Egg Gallery


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