Design & Crafts Council Ireland is inviting Guilds, Associations, Networks and Societies (GANS) and craft studios to participate in European Artistic Crafts Days (EACD) 2021.
6th - 11th April 2021
European Artistic Crafts Days (EACD) were created in 2002 upon the request of the French government to derive value from the nation’s enormous intangible assets as a way to highlight its living heritage.They are organised by the National Institute of Arts and Crafts (INMA) in France. Due to the success of these days in France, they now take place across Europe on the first weekend in April with 20 European countries taking part in 2019, they have become a major international event dedicated to and celebrating crafts. In 2019, events took place in Paris, Lisbon, Berlin, Amsterdam, Florence and Geneva and across Ireland. These cultural economic and tourism days brought together over 9,600 special events highlighting crafts in Europe.
Theme for 2021
The theme of the 2021 EACD is "Materials at Work". Through this theme, the event aims in particular to promote materials as sources and resources of artistic crafts in specific territories and to promote materials as objects of work of art craftsmen-designers-makers engaged in ecological, responsible and innovative approaches.
Coffee Morning Talks
Grab a cup of tea/coffee and join us, for our informal spring webinar talks series. Duration 40min each. Our panel of guest speakers will represent a variety of craft and design disciplines, and will leave you feeling inspired.
How Tradition Informs Contemporary Making
6 April, 11.00am
This webinar will include speakers such as fashion designer Natalie B. Coleman, and Aisling Clancy Education Manager of DCCI. Natalie B. Coleman launched a collection of clothes entitled "Sisters" in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Traditional techniques such as lacemaking, weaving, knitting and hand-embroidery were used in the collection. An exquisitely embroidered bridal gown featuring Carrickmacross lacework on the sleeves. Natalie worked with a team of skilled craftspeople including Carrickmacross Lace makers Marion Egan and Theresa Kelly, embroidery expert and designer Jill de Burca, and knitted textiles designer Katie Hanlan. Free to attend. BOOK HERE
Tools of The Trade
8 April, 11am
Caroline Schofield will be joined by a panel of guest speakers who have submitted enteries to the Narrative Tools project. Audience members will gain a general overview of the Narrative Tools project and will be able to listen to a selection the wonderful stories and imagery gathered to date. Do you have an insteresting stroy to tell? If so bring along your precious tool or craft item on the day. Free to attend. BOOK HERE
Irish Textiles Mills
9 April, 11am
Join us for a discussion on a selection of Irish Woollen Mills. Speakers include Carmel Creaner & Ann Kiely who will discuss The Woven History of Douglas, Caroline Schofield who will highlight her familial history of Woollen Mills in Kilkenny (Arts & Craft Movement) and more. Free to attend. BOOK HERE
Live Online Workshop
Floral Arrangements For Easter & Spring
31 March, 7pm - 8.30pm
Award-winning floral artist Eva Holmes of Darver House Nursery will deliver a free live online floral arrangement workshop. Discover the art of using foraged plant materials and flowers to create an eye-catching floral arrangement suitable for display for Easter and Spring. In this practical workshop Eva will guide participants, as they explore and incorporate design elements of floral art to develop & refine their skills. BOOK HERE
Curious Treasures at the National Design & Craft Gallery
Curious Treasures is a vibrant exhibition celebrating luscious, tactile and quirky work by some of our favourite makers. These pieces each combine careful selection of materials and meticulous skill with creative design, to make objects that communicate passion, perseverance and personality. With an emphasis on curiosity and wonder, the exhibition draws us into an Aladdin’s cave of exquisite and surprising pieces, to inspire awe and inspiration. www.ndcg.ie/exhibitions/curious-treasures
Made in Kilkenny: 5th - 30th April
A window exhibition of a selection of beautiful crafts from Kilkenny. MADE in Kilkenny is a multidisciplinary craft group organised and run by its members on a voluntary basis with the mission to promote Kilkenny County as the premier destination in Ireland for authentic handmade Irish crafts of exceptional quality. Kilkenny has long had the reputation for being a centre of creativity, and the MADE in Kilkenny collective has actively contributed to this perception over the last decade. The group has striven to bring together the considerable wealth of craft talent found in Kilkenny to a wider audience, to foster excellence in craftsmanship, and to promote the economy and tourism of the county. www.madeinkilkenny.ie
Borris Lace - Window Display: 1st - 14th April
Narrative Tools - Online Exhibition: 6th - 30th April
Design a Collar, Cuff or Ruffs – Online Exhibition: 6th - 30th April
Keep Well videos - Online Craft Activities
As part of National Heritage Week 2020, DCCI teamed up with The Heritage Council to celebrate all things heritage and craft. DCCI commissioned four makers from our traditional guilds to share their knowledge of materials and process through engaging videos. These videos showcase makers in their studios, and give a glimpse into the skill and dedication needed for each of these traditional crafts.
Irish Artist Blacksmiths Association
The Irish Guild of Weavers, Spinners, and Dyers
Headford Lace Project
The Irish Basketmakers Association
DCCI is inviting Guilds, Associations, Networks and Societies (GANS) Clients and craft studios to participate in European Artistic Crafts Days (EACD)2021.
If you are organising any events online or if have open studios* we would like to help spread the word on social media and within our ezine to makers. Links and hashtags, such as #EuropeForCulture will be included where relevant.
If you are interested in getting involved in EACD 2021 please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.
*only if it is safe to do so, please follow government guidelines