Art & Design Cloister

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.


Alice Halliday

aliceBased 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 alice Hdress 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

unnamedOrla 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.

The pieces are crocheted and knitted using fine wires and embellished withOrla Harding beads, semi precious stones, freshwater pearls, silk/linen threads and antique buttons.

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 Larkin

Syra-Kenmare-2Syra 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 rythmsSyra Larkin 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 Sindall

Ssueusannah 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 paintsSYNDALL 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 Reilly
Lily graduated from Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork City in 2011 and has since been working on fine art pieces, prints, greeting cards and private commissions. Lily’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in London, Paris and Berlin.

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.

Of her work she says, ‘I am inspired by patterns in nature, the endless inspiration of the natural world that is often overlooked. I especially love the detail and patterns in flowers. LilyReilly_LaceDoilyCloseUp_GemmaWhen working I tend to amalgamate the most intriguing detail from a number of different flowers into one representation.I generally use the same pattern, which I have titled ‘Flower Bomb’ in most of my work. The pattern explodes and disperses and I like to experiment with it and use it in different ways. My aim is to create beautiful objects and pieces of art that people would love to wear or have in their homes.’


Martha Cashman

Martha Cashman picMartha 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

IMG_8925“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.”