11 Jun 2017

Carlow Arts Festival

     Despite the fact that it has been quite wet, cool and windy lately to me Summer begins with Carlow Arts Festival in the town in early June. Arts Festival features a packed program bursting with fantastic events of visual art, music, spectacle, workshops, street food and much more.

There is great description on Ink Stains blog run by Emma Tobin:

''Carlow Arts Festival: the first big cultural event of the Irish Summer, runs from 7 to 13 June 2017.  The festival celebrates its 38th year with a host of events taking place in Festival HQ at Carlow College, St. Patrick’s and VISUAL, as well as at local landmarks. Visitors can immerse themselves in national and international artistic adventures and world festival premieres over the week-long festival, filled with spectacular free performances, live music, visual art and family friendly events.''

     FORM Designmade in Carlow Craft Exhibition is part of the exciting Carlow Arts Fringe Festival program. I'm a member of FORM creative collective since its formation in 2013 and it is our second year exhibiting during the Arts Festival in Carlow Town Library. If you would like to see a range of skilfully crafted new inspiring work by our members including textiles, ceramics, sculpture and jewellery then don't miss this opportunity.
Across the street form FORM exhibition you will find a wonderful exhibition by Carlow Photographic Society. Great solo exhibition by Rennie Buenting at Deighton Hall is also well worth a visit.

Valg Studio display at Carlow Town Library during the Arts Festival in June.

     I hope that you get chance to come and visit Carlow would it be during the Summer or other time of the year. Carlow definitely is a county worth discovering and exploring.
Stone Sculpture by Martin Lyttle

Beautiful hand dyed textiles by Nicola Brown

Emma Jane Champley Jewellery.

Thank you everyone for your continued support.

Take care,

7 May 2017

Art from Factory Floor Waste at Newbridge Silverware

     The Dross Evolution Exhibition at Newbridge Silverware has unique concept. The artwork by Martina Caffrey Shannon and 16 guest artists was created using factory floor waste. There are nearly 60 pieces of work on display and The Silver Restaurant at Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre is hosting the show until June 3rd.

     Martina have been working on Dross Evolution concept for the past two years but I wasn't fully aware of it when last November I came across her beautiful wearable art pieces. Maybe things happen for a reason and when five month later Martina posted about the opportunity to take part in this project in the creative community group Bite the Biscuit on facebook I didn't think twice. Love exploring new ideas and give myself a new challenge.

     I was away when the parcel with the Newbridge Silverware factory floor waste arrived in the post. I am passionate about jewellery design but once I saw the metal pieces I very quickly visualized a bowl or a tray. I did some simple sketches, decided on colours and started to condition the clay. The most challenging part was to find a way to attach the large curved metal piece to the clay but I figured it out. I'm happy how it turned out but wish I had the time to create more pieces. 

     We had a wonderful time at the launch of The Dross Evolution Tour at the Newbridge Silverware! It felt amazing to be part of this creative group, see the most fascinating ideas turned into works of art and finally meet everyone!

     Thank you Martina for sharing your story and vision, all your hard work towards this amazing project! Please visit Dross Evolution website and contact Martina to learn more about it. Drop by if you are in Newbridge, nothing beats seeing art in person and while you are there you should also visit the Museum of Style Icons. Enjoy your visit!

Thanks for stopping by,
Liga x