Crafts Council showcases textiles expo

TWENTY textile artists from the Crafts Council of Ireland’s member organisations have come together for an inspiring exhibition which will be showcased to fellow craft enthusiasts at the Knitting and Stitching Show in the RDS from November 1- 4.

TWENTY textile artists from the Crafts Council of Ireland’s member organisations have come together for an inspiring exhibition which will be showcased to fellow craft enthusiasts at the Knitting and Stitching Show in the RDS from November 1- 4.

Nature was inspired by the beauty in nature and our natural environment and its various colours, textures, patterns and forms. The exhibition has been coordinated by the Crafts Council of Ireland (CCoI) in conjunction with their member organisation.

The exhibition features the work of Kilkenny artists Anne Harte and Caroline Schofield. Anne ‘s piece, ‘Tree portals’ features a mix of linen, Nepalese rug wool, silk and paper and acrylic threads. The woven tapestry piece is inspired by the beauty of trees, particularly ash trees.

Caroline Schofield’s entry, ‘Corvidae’ is a mix of cotton thread, organza and insect pins pieced together using free machining. It is inspired by ravens and their place in Irish mythology, she says.

As many as 23,000 people are expected to view the work of the Kilkenny artists and others for the four day event and advance ticket sales for this year’s show are already up 30%. The exhibition is curated by Angela O’Kelly and will be officially opened by Sylvia Thompson, author of Hands On: The Art of Crafting in Ireland which was published earlier this year. Nature features over 20 inspiring pieces, selected from over 90 entries submitted by CCoI member organisations. Materials used include ceramic, wool, cotton, tweed, linen, willow bark, leather and other elements from nature.

Each featured artist has used a variety of techniques, such as knitting, stitching, embroidery, dressmaking and more to produce stunning works inspired by the environments in which the various artists from throughout the country live and work. Angela O’Kelly says she was delighted to have been invited by the Crafts Council of Ireland to curate Nature and to work alongside the CCoI team in planning this major exhibition. “This is our third year at the Knitting & Stitching Show and we’re very pleased with the quality and variety of the work on show. The various artists have used a whole variety of techniques, from patchwork using willow bark to plaiting and weaving, digital printing to machine embroidery. We’re delighted to be exhibiting to such a captive audience at this show. Last year’s Seascapes exhibition was enthralling and we’re hoping for a similar impact this year,” she explained.

The Knitting & Stitching Show is the largest textile and crafting event in Ireland and hosts one of the largest exhibitions of patchwork in Europe.

Over four jam packed days the Show’s Learning Curve presents over 90 workshops on everything from the basic getting started to more advanced master classes in felt making, cross stitching and millinery techniques.

The Secret Seamstress – Alexa O’Bryan of A Rubanesque – Customisation daily classes will prove popular as she takes her inspiration from the couture houses and runway shows of Givenchy, Ellie Saab and Chanel.

Over 150 specialist retailers, from all over Ireland and coming from the UK, offer visitors a veritable haberdashery heaven as the RDS becomes the crafting capital with the widest range of yarn and crafting materials available all in one place. Inspiration comes in many forms and exhibitions at the forthcoming show will prove just that for those interested in the art form of needlework and the next big thing in textile fashion