See lots of new faces in The Irish Craft Village at this year’s Bloom in the Park

Posted 31.05.17

Photos: Felt Fauna by AC (available at The Irish Craft Village at Bloom 2017)

Head for The Irish Craft Village at Bloom this year where almost a third of the designers and makers in the retail area will be showcasing their wonderful Irish work at the festival for the first time.

As Bloom in the Park returns to the Phoenix Park from 1st to 5th June, the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland once again presents an exciting range of design and craft experiences in The Irish Craft Village. In addition to the ever-popular craft workshops, live demonstrations, and interactive craft installations offering something for all the family throughout the weekend, the retail area in The Irish Craft Village will host a wealth of Irish designers and makers from around the country, with 30% showcasing an eclectic array of hand-made Irish work at Bloom for the first time.

The retail area will feature 25 outdoor stands where you can meet the talented designers and makers behind leading Irish craft brands as you browse through their work which is all designed and made in Ireland. Product ranges being presented in The Irish Craft Village at Bloom for the first time this year include: Felt Fauna by AC, a gorgeous array of unique needle-felted animal trophies created by Ali Clooney; the quirky cards and wall art of Lainey K; natural handmade candles from Brookfield Farm Hive Gifts; silk scarves by Rothlú; and beautiful, hand-crafted jewellery pieces from designers such as Martina Hamilton Jewellery Design, Aria-V, Joy by J and Mia Mullen Jewellery.

Other work such as leather bags by Cathy Prendergast, scarves and prints by Belinda Northcote Designs and knitwear by Edmund McNulty have been firm favourites amongst visitors to the Irish Craft Village over the years and will feature again for 2017. From garden and homewares to jewellery and accessories, there is something to appeal to every visitor to Bloom in the Park this year.

Designers and makers in The Irish Craft Village at Bloom 2017 are:

Stand: Name: Work:
1 Meab Enamels Jewellery
2 Aria-V* Jewellery
3 LAINEY K* Print
4 Edmund McNulty Knitwear Knitwear
5 Annabel Langrish Ltd Print
6 Martina Hamilton Jewellery Design* Jewellery
8 Big Leap Designs Print
9 Baurnafea Studio Baskets and Ceramics
10 OGowna Fairy doors
11 Belinda Northcote Designs Print & Scarves
12 Brookfield Farm Hive Gifts* Candles
13 Kathleen Holland Designs Jewellery
14 Little Red Soap
15 Jando Design Print
16 Melanie Hand Design Jewellery Jewellery
17 Cathy Prendergast Leather
18 Button Studio Jewellery
19 Felt Fauna by AC* Felt
20 Rothlú* Silk scarves
21 Clarkes of Dublin Artisan Soap Soap
22 Joy by J* Jewellery
23 Candles
24 MAYSONBROOK (Friends & Family Trees) Print
25 Mia Mullen Jewellery* Jewellery

*New to Bloom 2017

Elsewhere in The Irish Craft Village, the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland is hosting various drop-in craft activities and demonstrations suitable for all ages throughout the show. Let your little ones unleash their creativity in one of several workshops in ceramics, felting, textile-making and printing which are suitable for children aged five and over, and are filled on a first-come first-served basis. See creativity in action with live demonstrations by leading Irish craft guilds as raw materials are transformed into finished pieces of craft before your eyes. Always a popular attraction, the Irish Artist Blacksmiths Association will also be demonstrating their skills with fire and metal throughout the five days of Bloom.

Outline of each day’s activities:

Thursday 1st June

Embroidery with The Irish Guild of Embroiderers - The Irish Guild of Embroiderers will demonstrate intricate stitch techniques and invite you to stitch your own sampler.

Patchwork with The Irish Patchwork Society - The Irish Patchwork Society will show how to make quilts and display samples of work by a variety of the guild members.

Friday 2nd June

Lacemaking with The Guild of Irish Lacemakers - The Guild of Irish Lacemakers will display some of Ireland’s finest samples of lace, and will show the traditional and contemporary skills of crafting delicate lace by hand with fine cotton and silk threads.

Saturday 3rd June

Drop-in Workshop: Fabric Blossoms, with textile artist Ciara Harrison
11am - 5pm
Ciara Harrison invites you to join her in the making of a wild fabric garden. This workshop takes its inspiration from the beautiful blossoms at Bloom. Families are invited to develop simple textile techniques using fabric to craft a fabric garden. The wild garden will grow throughout the day to become a temporary installation at Bloom. 

Patchwork with The Irish Patchwork Society - The Irish Patchwork Society will show how to make quilts and display samples of work by a variety of the guild members.

Sunday 4th June

Drop-in Workshop: Botanical Prints with Caroline Ryan, Printblock
11am – 5pm
Silk screen print with textile designer and printmaker Caroline Ryan. Learn techniques of printing and print a botanical-themed tote bag or add to our Bloom garden bunting.

Felting with Feltmakers Ireland - Feltmakers Ireland will show adults and children how using just water, soap and your fingers you can transform wool fibres into handmade felted butterflies, flowers, caterpillars and larger pieces.

Monday 5th June

Drop-in Workshop: Clay with Ceramics Ireland
10am - 4pm
Feel the soft clay in your fingers, before making your own pot! Try your hand throwing pots on the wheel and learn techniques of coiling, pinching and building clay pots.

Every day at Bloom there will be an opportunity to engage in Interactive Craft Installations, 10am - 5pm. These activities are suitable for all ages.

The Woven Walled Garden
A colourful space for children to enjoy – this woven installation will be made using recycled weave ends from Avoca blankets. Slow down and enjoy the rhythm of weaving using simple techniques to create a colourful woven walled garden. Children of all ages can enjoy this activity, which explores colour, texture and the traditional textile technique of weaving.

Garden Doodles
Back by popular demand is our Doodle Garden. 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.

Beaded Bubble Wands
Blowing bubbles is a wonderful garden activity for children of all ages. We invite families to take time out in the Woven Walled Garden to craft a unique beaded wand. Using the jewellery-making technique of beading, design and make a colourful wand for hours of summer fun.

With such an array of activities, The Irish Craft Village at Bloom 2017 is sure to provide visitors of all ages with a craft experience to remember!

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About the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) is the main champion of the design and craft industry in Ireland, fostering its growth and commercial strength, communicating its unique identity and stimulating quality design, innovation and competitiveness. DCCoI's activities are funded by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation via Enterprise Ireland. DCCoI currently has 64 member organisations and over 3,200 registered clients.  

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