Soak up the Creative Atmosphere in the Irish Craft Village at this Year’s Bloom in the Park

Posted 30.05.18

Images l to r: Firepit (Rawsaol); Wild & Wonderful (Martina Scott); and Home Birds (Lynn Kenny)

Meet the talented designers and makers behind some of Ireland’s most innovative brands and even try your hand at creating crafts, from clay making to screen printing!

Visitors to this year’s Bloom in the Park, running from Thursday 31st May to Monday 4th June in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, will have the chance to meet the talented designers and makers of some of the country’s most creative craft brands. The ever-popular Irish Craft Village, presented by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, will feature 24 outdoor stands exhibiting and selling the wonderful work of these makers, from homewares and fashion to jewellery and accessories, including seven brands that are showcasing their products at Bloom for the first time.

New to the retail area of the Irish Craft Village this year will be beautiful Irish linen prints from Martina Scott; unique textural creations and artworks from Lynn Kenny; botanical plaques from Erica Devine Botanical Casts; homewares and lifetime products made from raw materials by Rawsaol; inspirational prints from Fab Cow; beautifully hand-crafted pieces by woodturner Roy Humphreys; and fun and fashionable bags from Sallyann’s Handmade Bags.

Other brands returning to Bloom span a range of disciplines, including gorgeous jewellery from Aria-V, Mia Mullen, Meab Enamels, Kathleen Holland, Martina Hamilton Collection, and Melanie Hand; colourful prints from Jando Design, LAINEY K, Big Leap Designs, Annabel Langrish Ltd, MAYSONBROOK and Make It With Words; as well as handmade candles from Brookfield Farm Hive Gifts and Lizzie B; and 100% natural soap from Clarkes of Dublin (see full listing below).

In addition to the retail area, the Irish Craft Village will host a range of drop-in craft demonstrations and activities suitable for all ages during Bloom. There will be live demonstrations each day in blacksmithing from master craftsmen, candle making with beeswax and the ancient art of basket making. Children are invited to help develop their very own show-garden by creating paper flowers, bugs and blooms, as well as garden features using recycled materials. Both adults and little ones can experiment with felt-making, clay creations, textile screen printing and even create 3-D birdcages in our drop-in workshops. There will be something to appeal to the inner creative in all visitors to this year’s Irish Craft Village!

For further information on the retail area of the Irish Craft Village, please visit http://bit.ly/IrishCraftVillageRetailArea. For details on activities and demonstrations, please visit http://bit.ly/IrishCraftVillageActivities.

Designers and makers in The Irish Craft Village at Bloom 2018 are:

Stand Name Work
1 Brookfield Farm Hive Gifts Candles
2 Jando Designs Print
3 Little Red Skincare Skincare
4 Martina Scott* Print
5 Wacky Clothing Fashion
6 Belinda Northcote Designs Candles, prints & scarves
7 Martina Hamilton Collection Jewellery
8 Lynn Kenny* Print, Textiles
9 Lainey K Print
9 Aria-V Jewellery
10 LizzieB Candles, skincare
11 Big Leap Designs Print
12 HEARTWORKS Slate, skincare
13 Erica Devine Botanical Casts* Print
15 Annabel Langrish Ltd Print
16 Felt Fauna by AC Felt
16 Rawsaol* Homewares
17 Meab Enamels Jewellery
18 Fab Cow* Print
19 Kathleen Holland Designs Jewellery
19 Roy Humphreys Woodturner* Woodturning
20 MAYSONBROOK Print
21 Melanie Hand Irish Designs Jewellery
22 Make It With Words Print
23 Clarkes of Dublin  Soap 
24 Sallyann's Handmade Bags* Bags
25 Baurnafea Studio Pottery/Basketry

 

*New to Bloom 2018  

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AT THE IRISH CRAFT VILLAGE

Live Demonstrations (each day at Bloom)

 

Blacksmithing with the Irish Artist Blacksmith Association: see master craftsmen transform raw materials into finished pieces using fire and metal.

Candle Making with Brookfield Farm: join Ailbhe Gerard as she demonstrates candle making techniques with beeswax.

Basket Making with Heike Kahle: learn about the ancient art of basket making as Heike demonstrates how she makes baskets from woven willow.

 

Daily Drop-in Activities at the Whimsical Crafted Show Garden

Children of all ages are invited to help create and develop an inventive show-garden by crafting paper flowers, bugs and blooms and other garden activities including:

Mark Making: Make your mark with botanical imprints, bark rubbing and stone decorating.

Garden Features: Design and create garden features using a variety of natural and recycled materials such as paper, wood and wool. 

Design Station: Investigate, explore and discover new ways of seeing with our experimental drawing activities. Having a sharp eye for detail is an important part of being a designer; get inspired at Bloom to doodle and draw with a botanical twist. Suitable for all ages.

 

Drop-in Workshops

Thursday 31st May, 11am - 5pm
Felting Making Techniques: Feltmakers will show adults and children how using just water, soap and your fingers you can transform wool fibres into handmade felted items inspired by garden flora and fauna.
 
Friday 1st June, 11am - 5pm
Paper Blossoms: This workshop takes its inspiration from the beautiful blossoms at Bloom. Children will learn simple paper craft techniques to create magical 3D flowers. 
 
Saturday 2nd June, 11am - 5pm
Textile Silk Screen Printing: Become an expert screen printer! Learn how to print contemporary floral-themed repeat patterns onto tote bags. 
 
Sunday 3rd June, 11am - 5pm
3D Birdcages: Learn how to create 3-dimensional birdcages using recycled materials and decorate with paper vines and butterflies.  
 
Monday 4th June, 11am - 4pm
Clay Creations: Feel the soft clay in your fingers, before making your own pot! Try your hand at throwing pots on the wheel and learn the techniques of coiling and pinching to build clay pots.

 

With such an array of activities, the Irish Craft Village at Bloom 2018 is sure to provide visitors of all ages with a craft experience to remember!

For further details on the activities and demonstrations in the Irish Craft Village, see www.bloominthepark.com/visit/event-schedule

 

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For further press information on The Irish Craft Village at Bloom 2018, please contact Elevate PR, 01 662 5652 or contact Emer Igbokwe – emer@elevate.ie / Emma Kelly – emma@elevate.ie

For all other press queries relating to Bloom 2018, please visit: http://bloominthepark.com/news-media/media-centre/

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 2,500 registered clients. www.dccoi.ie

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