Culture Night 2017 at the National Design & Craft Gallery: Festival of Fashion & Light

Posted 15.09.17

Culture Night 2017 at the National Design & Craft Gallery: Festival of Fashion & Light

Join the National Design & Craft Gallery in Castle Yard, Kilkenny on Friday 22 September, 5pm – 9pm, for a Culture Night celebration inspired by the Hi! Fashion exhibition which presents stunning garments from Japan and Ireland, exploring the visual correlations and contrasts between designers on the two islands. Curated by Gemma A. Williams and designed by ROJI.

With music and making, fashion and fun we invite you to get creative with unusual drop-in workshops. Bring your knitting to join a Knitathon or check out upcoming talent with Primary School Fashion Eye-Cons, Junk Kouture Fashion Show and Ossory Youth Bands performing!

Kilkenny Junk Kouture Fashion Show
7pm (duration 40 mins approx.)
Many secondary school students from Kilkenny and Carlow have participated in Junk Kouture R&D workshops at the National Design & Craft Gallery. These students have been invited to present their unique Junk Kouture garments for a special Culture Night Fashion Show.

Fashion Eye-Cons Showcase
5pm – 9pm (welcome talk for participants at 5.30pm)
Join primary school pupils from Kilkenny in celebrating their hand-crafted creations in a very special showcase at the National Design & Craft Gallery. Their imaginative sculptural headpieces, developed in workshops with textile artist Carrie Lynam, will be on special show for Culture Night.

Ossory Youth Music
5pm – 9pm (break during Junk Couture Fashion Show)
Come along and be entertained as we welcome Kilkenny’s wonderfully talented musicians and bands of Ossory Youth to the stage, for a special evening gig in Castle Yard, Kilkenny.


Note: All workshops are on a first-come, first-served basis. Places may be limited.

Shibori & Indigo Installation (8+) 
5pm – 8pm (workshops will take place on the hour, duration 40 mins)
Learn traditional Shibori Japanese dyeing technique with textile designer Hilary Bell. Fold, twist and bind the cloth and dye it in indigo. Shibori can make infinite patterns! Hang your dyed cloths to dry, creating an Indigo Installation for Culture Night.

Fashion Printed-Totes (8+)
5pm – 9pm (Drop-in workshop)
A hands-on silk screen-printing workshop for adults and children with Caroline Ryan. Try out the technique of screen-printing to create your own fashion tote with repeat patterns inspired by the amazing Hi! Fashion exhibition.

Felt Fidgets (5+)
5pm – 9pm (workshops take place every 40 mins, duration 30 mins)
Explore texture and colour combinations with felt-maker Marika Manning, making individual felt balls which can be strung together to make key-rings or necklaces.

Giant Knitathon
5pm – 9pm Drop-in community workshop
Come along and try knitting using giant needles or bring your own knit and crochet patterns for a community knitathon for Culture Night. Inspired by Aran Knitting and the Japanese tradition of Mizuhiki (knotted textiles).

Japanese Lantern Making (5+)
5pm – 8.30pm Drop-in (children must be accompanied by an adult)
The Japanese Festival of Lanterns in September marks the end of summer and a bountiful harvest. Bring along your old soft-drinks cans to create beautiful lanterns to light up the night.


About the National Design & Craft Gallery
Established by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland in 2000, the National Design & Craft Gallery is Ireland’s leading centre for contemporary craft and design. It exhibits Irish and international designers, artists and makers who push boundaries in their engagement with the making process. Its mission is to inspire appreciation, creativity and innovation, and it plays a critical role in building understanding of craft and material culture in Ireland.

About the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) is the national agency for the commercial development of Irish designers and makers, stimulating innovation, championing design thinking and informing Government policy. DCCoI's activities are funded by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation via Enterprise Ireland. DCCoI currently has 64 member organisations and over 3,200 registered clients.

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