The Crafts Club - part of Tradfest 2014 in The Ark

07 March 2014

Over the two days, the total number of visitors to the Crafts Club sessions was 511, the breakdown was 270 children and 241 adults (last year’s figure was 452, so there was an increase of 59). Each artist facilitated 6 sessions per day, so in total there was 36 x 30 minute craft sessions over the two days.

There was a very packed programme of events at The Ark over the weekend for Tradfest; with a Battle of Bodhrans workshop, 3 concerts with Full Set and Karen Casey, open trad-music sessions for children, the Crafts Club and craft demonstrations with Na Píobairí Uilleann.

There was a total of 1293 participants in all the above events, many of which would have watched the demonstrations of the Píobairí Uilleann, who were in the gallery space from 12 - 3pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Children were able to try their hand at playing the pipes and seeing how a read was made.

Please see below further information about the individual craft sessions

Tradfest 2014: Crafts Club Sessions - Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th January 2014
In partnership with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland

There were three different crafts stations in the Arks workshop area:

Shield making (metalwork) with Sabrina Meyns
Crown making (mixed media ) with Caroline Ryan
Scroll Making (Print/Calligraphy) with Deirdre Rogers

Each session was 30 minutes in duration and were suitable for children aged 4+.

Description of sessions:

Jewellery designer and papermaker Sabrina Meyns worked with children to design and craft their own inventive and unique mini-sheld. They explored simple metalworking techniques similar to those used by our Celtic ancestors. Sabrina focused on experimenting with pointillé, a decorating style formed by a pattern of dots punched into the surface, as well as embossing which involves raising a design on a metal plate from the inside so that the design appears in relief.

Textile and Print artist Caroline Ryan led this exciting crown making session, that gave children the chance to become a High King or Queen for the day by creating their own unique crown/headpiece, just like Brian Boru would have worn. Children choose from a variety of mixed media materials to form and embellish their magnificent crowns. There were several varieties of crowns made over the day and the children were delighted with their finished piece! This workshop was excellent for the younger children in the groups.

Glass artist Deirdre Rogers led this exciting printing and calligraphy session where children created their own mini scroll inspired by the art of manuscript illumination of the 1014 era.  They used their initials as the focus of their scroll, and tried block printing and calligraphy style drawing and writing techniques to create a precious scroll to treasure.

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