Creature comforts by Kilkenny makers

TWO Kilkenny craft makers are featured in the current Crafted Creatures exhibition at The Ark on Dublin’s Eustace Street.

TWO Kilkenny craft makers are featured in the current Crafted Creatures exhibition at The Ark on Dublin’s Eustace Street.

The specially commissioned exhibition, which opens on February 15, includes work by ceramicist Brid Lyons of Thomastown and Mark Campden who works from Burnchurch. A graduate of Limerick school of Art and Design and the Pottery skills course Thomastown, Brid Lyons’ ceramic dogs have already received interest from public and private collectors. Each dog is unique and original and all are hand thrown and finished by Brid. Mark Campden’s work is distinctive for the skill of his brushwork decoration, rich in imagery inspired by nature. His work explores the relationships of all living things and their unseen efforts for survival.

Crafted Creatures brings the magic of craft to children and families, and the free exhibition is curated by international curator Brian Kennedy. Part of Year of Craft 2011, it brings together a diverse collection of work by leading craftspeople who have taken their inspiration from the animal kingdom. Pieces on display include an invasion of textile jellyfish and insects made from recycled materials, while farm animals and pets make themselves at home in The Ark’s theatre space. Insights into the artists’ inspiration and preparatory drawings also feature in the exhibition.

Children aged 2 to 12 will also have the opportunity to discover all the fun and creativity of contemporary craft in a series of workshops running simultaneous with the exhibition. There will also be a chance to meet and handle stuffed animals from the Natural History Museum’s collection in an opening weekend event on February 19 hosted by the National Museum of Ireland.