Sunday, 25 August 2013

Tinahealy Show

As I said I was at Tinahealy Show. I always like to look at the craft tent. This is where people enter classes and are judged and win small cash prizes as well as the honor and glory and some of these classes can be cut throat. I am always struck by the lack of design at these event. The handwork  is highly skilled but the design is so lacking. I do not know how this can be rectified, but it is such a shame that there is not more emphasis put on design. Perhaps the I.C.A. could do something about it on their courses, they are an influential body in this arena.  The skills are there but it seems they are immune to changing trends. I saw a "Tweed Picture" at this show, it won a prize,  that's fine but has anybody made a tweed picture since 1972? What about the decorative Wellingtons? well a bit of fun I guess and it lets the imagination run wild.  On a positive note I  was very impressed with the cupcakes! But the bird houses are a fine example of what I'm saying about the lack of design.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Northern Shore

Last week I was at Tinahely Agricultural Show, It has got to be one of the best shows of its kind in the country, and the setting in Co. Wicklow is stunning. I am not so interested in livestock which may sound strange to you considering that I live on a farm, but to those that know me well they will be more surprised to hear that I was at an Agricultural Show. But Tinahealy is the exception, I was there over 20 years ago and was delighted to return and I was not disappointed. There is so much to see excluding livestock that I had a most enjoyable day.
I met Kajsa Kinsella from Northern Shore Design  Originally from Denmark her Scandinavia sense of design made her stall in the craft tent stand out from all the others, I was so taken with her display, the painted baskets, her labels and even how she was dressed herself, it all coordinated. The blue baskets and aluminium containers showed of her wares to perfection. Just look at the candle in the cookie cutter, Think of the hours of work that went into making the stuff for this event. I bought a "house" you can see it in the bottom picture. When I asked Kajsa what it was for, she said you put in on a shelf or anywhere and look at it and it will make you feel good, and indeed I did just that and it does make me feel good. Not everything has to have a useful purpose.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Studio Work

Following on from the peace alphabet I made some small collages that I may exhibit next mouth at Shorelines Arts Festival Here are a few of them, What do you think?


I have finished my Peace Book for A Letter a Week.

 The first book I made with A.L.A.W. has gone to Australia where it will be exhibited along with 50-60 other books from the project. There are 30 artists from 7 countries participating. The exhibition will be held at the Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre , Sunshine Coast, Queensland in October. Regretfully I won't be going to the opening.
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