For one day only, Saturday 21st March, the Kenmare Lace Festival will host an ‘Art & Design Cloister’ at Pobailscoil Inbhear Sceine from 10am to 6pm. Browse and enjoy unique art and design pieces created by established and up and coming producers. Many of these items will be available for purchase.
Rest awhile in the courtyard and enjoy a nice cup of tea or coffee and something sweet at The Cloisters Café.
Among this years participating artists and designers are Alice Halliday, Syra Larkin and Susannah Sindall, Orla Harding, Lilly Reilly and Martha Cashman.
Based in her hometown of Skibbereen, West Cork, fashion designer Alice Halliday creates bespoke one-of-a-kind dresses. She uses a majority of recycled materials, such as vintage and second hand pieces of lace; including doilies, table cloths, napkins and curtains, which she sources from local charity shops and fairs. She careful makes each piece by hand, by draping the pieces of lace on the mannequin and piecing them together using mostly delicate hand stitching.
In 2011 Alice won the title ‘Cork Fashion Week Designer of The Year’ for her collection ‘Tea with Tamara’. The materials she used were mostly recycled and included many lace trimmings and crochet doilies.
Alice has recently branched into bridal wear. She completed her first wedding dress in early May this year, and is now working on the second one.She offers a made-to-measure service, to ensure the perfect fit. As someone who cares strongly about the environment, she is using 100% recycled materials: lace doilies, table cloths, napkins etc. and a majority of hand stitching. Alice stays true to her design philosophy ‘Recycle-to-Relove’ and strives to promote sustainable eco-friendly fashion.
Orla Harding’s exquisite jewellery is created using crafts handed down through generations.With skills honed since childhood and an eye for re-invention her work is unmistakably contemporary.
Beautiful forms delicate and sensual are informed by diverse interests and serendipitous finds. From antique and vintage style buttons sourced in Parisienne markets to fine enamelled copper and silver, the synthesis of new and old is inherent in both the material and design of each piece.
Worn by those who appreciate the understated but love the avant garde. These precious pieces, elegant and sophisticated, make a subtle but confident statement. Orla’s current collection comprises of original neckpieces, cuffs, chokers, brooches and earrings.
Syra studied art at Hammersmith College of Art, London before moving to Ireland in 1977. She has taken part in many exhibitions in Ireland , England, Spain, Italy, Belgium and America.. Her work is represented internationally in, public, corporate and private collections.
Syra lives on the beautiful Maharee Peninsula in Co. Kerry with Irish Luthier husband Chris Larkin . She works from home at Shoreline Studio and welcomes visits to her studio by appointment.
” I draw inspiration from the landscape and the people, that form the rythms and routine of my dailylife. The outward appearance and style of my work has changed with time but what makes it unique to me is the passion and love for art that I put into my work, that comes from my head and heart.I wake in the morning and paint whatever the day might bring. Paint for me is the glue that just holds it altogether”.
Susannah is an applique artist and spends her time exhibiting and teaching in Ireland and the Uk.
She enjoys using recycled very fine fabrics and very simple stitching, to create rich and evocative images of the natural world.
“I love to work with very fine fabrics using them like paints to colour my work.
I make images of the natural world. My objective is to create fascinating and intense images, rich and evocative. Fabric is soft and comforting and I hope to inspire and comfort with the pictures I create”.
Lily lives in the beautiful countryside of West Cork with her husband and their little cats Poppy and Mia. Taking inspiration from the patterns in nature and especially those found in flowers, Lily particularly loves working in monochrome and just concentrating on the shapes and detail of a design.
Martha Cashman trained as a decorator and worked for many years in New York and Boston before returning to Ireland to study at CIT Crawford College of Art and Design where she received a BA Hons in Ceramic Design. She later received a certificate in both Global Art Development in Human Rights and Arts in Group Facilitation in Special Needs.
She works mainly in porcelain and mixed media and currently developing new work addressing ecological issues in Climate change. Her work has been selected for the 4th Biennale in Quebec, Museo della citta di San Leo Plaza Medici San Leo Italy and several nation exhibitions such as Sculpture In Context at The Botanical Gardens, Limerick Library, Ceramics Irelands’ Members exhibition at Pearse Museum Dublin Castle
“My work to date explores the domestic and gardening utensil and its effect on the user; works are made from a mixed media of paper porcelain, woven wire, carved wood and painted drift wood.
The work takes its influence from my rural background and the close associations of my ancestors to the seasons, the earth and food production.”