Monday 20 November 2017

Local designers showing their craft at exhibition

LOUTH CRAFTMARK Designers are hosting the Louth Craftmark Designers inaugural open submission exhibition, Connective 2012 in conjunction with the Abbey Gallery, Drogheda.

The exhibition will opened by Drogheda Deputy Mayor Linda Bell on Thursday next October 18 at 7.30 pm. Louth Craftmark Designers are a group of artists, craftspeople and designer makers who join together to promote art, craft & design from Louth and the surrounding counties.

The show features the work of 24 exhibitors including Dundalk ceramicist Frances Lambe, whose ceramic sculptures are in many public collections such as National Museum of Ireland and the Department of Foreign affairs. Louth native Ciara Agnew, whose paintings are included in the Office of Public Works collection. Drogheda ceramicist Fiona Kerby, whose slipcast vessels are also featured in the office of public works collection. Blackrock local Patricia Murphy, who has completed commissions for The Department of Communications and The Department of Transport.

Dundalk based Mary Cowan, whose ceramic sculptures will feature in this year's Royal Ulster Academy exhibition in the Ulster Museum.

Fiona Thornton, who makes jewellery in Bridge Street Studios in Dundalk. Her stylised silver jewellery has been presented to VIP's such as Hilary Clinton and Sharon Corr.

Drogheda based Eileen McNulty, who uses constructed textiles and machine embroidery to create rich artworks which have been featured in Craft Council of Ireland's Seascape Exhibition.

Another Bridge Street Studios artist, Orla Barry, creates fantastic artworks featuring animals using paint and collage techniques. Drogheda sculptor Breda Marron's willow sculptural work has won the Taylor Art Award and ' The Sculpture in Context Award'. Bernie Fox works with textiles in her Co Meath studio to create images inspired by her garden.

Cathy Prendergast hand makes exquisite Italian leather handbags from her Knockbridge workshop. She will be creating something special for the Connective show. Breda McNelis works with fibres and stitch to make framed textile pieces inspired by the sea at her Malahide home. John O'Connor, also based in Bridge Street Studios, paints abstract landscapes with oil onto alternative surfaces such as wooden floor boards or copper canvases. Gillian Callan makes beautiful ceramic forms which become a canvas for detailed paintings of flowers in her Dundalk studio.

Garrett Mallon, working in his Omeath workshop, makes gold and silver jewellery telling stories of local folklore.

His work has been presented to several Irish presidents including President Michael D Higgins. Sarah McKenna, also based in Bridge Street Studios, will be creating new ceramic vases for this exhibition. Her work is sold throughout Ireland and has recently been commissioned as awards for Rehab and Network Ireland.

Dundalk based Shauna Swords has worked with mixed media and textiles; Connective will see her return to painting with new works inspired by the west of Ireland.

Rachel Tinniswood creates three dimensional soft sculptures from wool and felt in Bridge Street Studios.

The exhibition will run from Thursday October 18 until Friday November 23 and opens daily from 10am - 5pm.

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