31 January 2014

20th European Patchwork Meeting 2014

The European Patchwork Meeting 2014 is celebrating it's 20th anniversary!

1) under “contests”  - Theme of the 2014 European Patchwork Meeting international contest: “Imagine…” the roots of IMAGINE relate to image an imagination -  please go to the EPM website
to download the contest rules www.patchwork-europe.com and click on “contest”. Deadline for registration June 26th 2014.

2) under show/exhibitions:
20th European Patchwork Meeting
Val d’Argent (Alsace) France
18 – 21 September 2014
Opening hours: Thursday through Saturday 9.30am – 6.30pm, Sunday 9.30am – 6pm.
For further information please visit the following website: www.patchwork-europe.com

For further information on the show, click here for a press release

28 January 2014

RDS National Craft Competition 2014

RDS National Crafts Competition 2014

The RDS is delighted to announce the key dates for the 2014 RDS National Craft Awards and Exhibition.  The Competition is open to any craft worker resident in Ireland or Irish craft workers based abroad and has a prize fund in excess of €26,000. An online application process will be available from early March 2014.

The outline of the main competition dates for 2014 is as follows:

        Launch of online application form:                                                                       3 March
        Deadline for online applications:                                                             12 May
        Delivery of selected works to Simmonscourt for final judging                19 & 20 June
        Collection dates for unsuccessful final round entries                                          7, 8, 9 July
        Exhibition of winners and selected works at Dublin Horse Show:                    6 - 10 August
        Exhibition to travel to the Hunt Museum, Limerick:                 Early Sept to Mid Oct (TBC)

Please take note of the following information relating to submissions:

        All entrants are required to submit their entries online at www.rds.ie/crafts.  The online entry requires a completed online application form, payment online of the entry fee and upload of high resolution digital photo/s submission. Specifications for the digital image/s are detailed on the website. Completed entries must be received online before 5pm on Monday, 12 May, 2014.
        It is vital that the digital photo submissions are of high quality as the judges first round selection will be based on them. Poor image quality may lead to work not being short-listed for the second round of judging. Digital files sent by email will not be accepted.
        It is important that the scale, size of work and a full description of the piece should be given; including materials used, design source and function, as this information will be given to the judges. If the piece is not complete, JPEG images/drawings may be submitted as a ‘work in progress’ to illustrate the design. 
        Online entry confirmation numbers will be sent by email to the email address provided. The entry fee is €15 and €10 for students and apprentices with written evidence of their status. An entry is defined as one piece of work or a matching set. Online application forms will be available at www.rds.ie/crafts from 3 March 2014. 

The RDS National Craft Awards is an RDS Foundation initiative and is supported by the Crafts Council of Ireland.

For further information please contact:
Dara O’Leary, Arts Programme Executive, RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
Tel: 01 240 7255    Email: arts@rds.ie

The exhibition will be open for free to the public before and not after the Horse Show (see the bottom of your post). It will be open for free on July 30, 31 and August 1.

27 January 2014

6th European Quilt Triennial 2015


 The entry form of the 6th European Quilt Triennial 2015 will be available in March 2014. It can be ordered from Textilsammlung Max Berk/ Kurpfälzisches Museum (P.O. Box 105520, D-69045 ?Heidelberg, Tel.: +49 6221 800317, Fax: +49 6221/809657, email: kmh-textilsammlung-max-berk@heidelberg.de). It can also be downloaded from the museum’s website www.museum-heidelberg.de. 
Closing date for submission of applications including material will be the 6th of February 2015.

The exhibition will be shown in Heidelberg most likely from September 15, 2015 to January 10, 2016 and subsequently at Kreismuseum Zons/Germany and at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, UK in August 2016. There are plans for further venues in other European countries.

16 January 2014

EQA Challenge

IPS members may submit work each year for the EQA Challenge which is displayed at the Festival of Quilts, UK.

There is a different challenge issued every year This year the theme for the Challenge for 2014 is “Seasonal Garden”' and members are requested to submit a 30 x 30 cm square.

The EQA countries all working on different seasons. Ireland has been given the season of "winter".

More information on how to enter the EQA exhibition will be in the Spring newsletter which has not been issued yet..

 Seasonal pieces from all the EQA countries will come together to form an exhibition at Festival of Quilts 2014 and after this will tour many of the EQA member countries.


1.                  Size: 30 x 30 cm square
2.                  Seasons by country:
·        Spring –    Spain, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary
·        Summer – United Kingdom, Netherlands, Austria, Luxemburg
·        Autumn – Sweden, Italy, Iceland, Belgium
·        Winter – Norway, France,  Latvia, Switzerland, Ireland
3.         Edges:              No raw edges and no visible binding                                                                                                                                                                                
4.         Sleeve:            10 cm sleeve on the top
5.         Name label:    With permanent marker pen write name and address on the sleeve
6.         Any technique may be used but the square must consist of three layers. No glass fronted or mounted exhibits will be accepted. Be warned that squares which are delicate or stiff are difficult to transport and display safely.
7.         The entire collection of "Seasonal Garden" will be launched at the Festival of Quilts in 2014. Some countries may decide to display their quilts and those from neighbouring countries at their annual general meetings. In this case, these quilts will be returned later than September 2014.
8.         All guild members may enter and there is no entry fee. The squares are not for sale.
9.         The quilts are insured for a nominal sum during the exhibition including transport to and from the FOQ 2014. (Information on transport & insurance for other exhibitions is available from the guild organising the event). Should a quilt be lost or damaged, the EQA member guild is not responsible for compensating the maker.)
10.       The "Seasonal Garden" squares will be picked up by the IR (or a designated person) after the show on Sunday. Arrangements can be made with Expofreight to send the quilts back at the relevant guild's expense.
11.       The entry form with a good photo should reach the International Representative by 31 May 2014
12.       16 squares will be selected by each country by 30 June 2014 the selected squares should be sent to the International Representative. Any quilts which do not comply with the rules, particularly in terms of size, edges or hanging sleeve, can be rejected on submission.
13.       Photos of the squares may be used for publicity purposes.
14.       Every member country of the EQA MUST provide SIXTEEN (16) squares for this exhibition. If too many squares are submitted, 16 must be selected in whatever way the guild decides. If too few quilts are submitted, the IR/executive committee of the guild MUST organise the making of the missing quilts.

Update from CCoI Board

Dear Members and Clients,    

As the New Year gets underway we would like to wish you, our member organisations and client enterprises, every success for 2014, and to share with you some developments regarding the support and promotion of Irish craft and design.

We are pleased to have recently signed a three-year agreement with Enterprise Ireland, our main funder, which outlines the services we are undertaking to support and promote Irish craft and design.

The agreement sets out our sectoral remit as the national development organisation for crafts and design in Ireland, trading as the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland.  Reflecting this remit, our current strategy is focused on:

·                     developing the market for Irish craft and design
·                     developing the knowledge and skills for emerging and existing craftmakers
·                     raising awareness, understanding and appreciation of Irish craft and design
·                     supporting membership organisations in the development of the sector
·                     developing innovation, enterprise and design capability
Amending our trading name allows us to more accurately reflect and formally acknowledge our existing remit which includes supporting and promoting Irish craft and product-related design enterprises in growing domestic and international sales.  A survey of our client enterprises in 2011 was supportive of this name change.  Our legal name will remain the same.  We will continue to partner with other organisations who are involved with the promotion and support of Irish craft and design.

We would also like to advise you that the Government is supporting the Year of Irish Design 2015 as a proposal that emerged from the recent Global Irish Economic Forum, which represents a very exciting opportunity for Irish craft and design.  This initiative follows the successful Year of Craft 2011 and the celebrations throughout 2013 of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Kilkenny Design Workshops, both of which continue to have a strong legacy.  We look forward to your involvement in preparing for 2015 and will be in regular contact to keep you advised on progress with this initiative.

Working together, we believe there is a great future for Irish craft and design.

If you would like to discuss any of the above please do not hesitate to contact Karen Hennessy our Chief Executive at ceo@ccoi.ie.

With sincere good wishes for 2014 and beyond,

Laura Magahy, Chairman
On behalf of the Board

15 January 2014

The Making of the Great 1913 Lockout Tapestry Book

The Making of the Great 1913 Lockout Tapestry book available to buy now

A limited edition commemorative book outlining the background and production of the 1913 Lockout Tapestry is now available to buy from SIPTU and selected bookshops in Dublin.

The Making of the Great 1913 Lockout Tapestry details the background and those who helped produce each of its 30 panels designed by artists Robert Ballagh and Cathy Henderson. Featuring a full colour picture of each of the Tapestry’s panels and with only 600 available the book makes the perfect gift for all those with an interest in Irish labour history or handicrafts.

A number of the Irish Patchwork Society members around the country were involved with making some of the panels, and photo's and details about these are included  in the book. 

Copies of the The Making of the Great 1913 Lockout Tapestry are available from the SIPTU Communications Department (Liberty Hall), the Glasnevin Cemetery Museum Bookshop, the Abbey Theatre, the National Gallery Bookshop and Books Upstairs, 36 College Green, Dublin 2.
The book costs €15 with an additional €6 for post and packaging.

RDS National Crafts Competition - RDS

The 2014 RDS National Crafts Competition will be open for online applications on 3rd March. 

Application forms will be accessible from their website from that date. 

Deadline for entry: 12th May

TRThe 2014 Competition will be open for online applications on 3 March.  Application forms will be accessible from this webpage from that date. - See more at: http://rds.ie/crafts#sthash.gjuXXwqp.dpuf
The 2014 Competition will be open for online applications on 3 March.  Application forms will be accessible from this webpage from that date. - See more at: http://rds.ie/crafts#sthash.gjuXXwqp.dpuf
The 2014 Competition will be open for online applications on 3 March.  Application forms will be accessible from this webpage from that date. - See more at: http://rds.ie/crafts#sthash.gjuXXwqp.dpuf

08 January 2014

Festival of Quilts 2014

Entry forms for the Festival of Quilts 2014 will be available from Monday 27th January 2014.

If you have previously entered a competition at The Festival Of Quilts you will automatically receive a form in the post. Alternatively you will be able to enter online via http://www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk/

The deadline for returning the entry form is Friday 30th May 2014.

Competition Categories:
1) Fine Art Quilt Masters 2014
2) The Quilters’ Guild Challenge     Theme: In the Garden
3) My First Quilt
4) Art Quilts
5) Contemporary Quilts
6) Traditional Quilts
7) Group Quilts
8) Two Person Quilts
9) Pictorial Quilts
10) Miniature Quilts
11) Quilt Creations
12) Young Quilter / Young Embroiderer
13) Schools & Groups of Young Quilters
14) Best in Show