Thursday, 19 March 2015

This Saturday at the Kenmare Lace Festival

The Kenmare Lace Festival starts today and runs until Sunday. There is a full festival programme with lacemaking workshops in nine different disciplines running over two days. For the fashion conscious there will be a fashion show, a fashion-able competition and 'meet the designers' at the Art & Design Cloister. Exhibitions will showcase the very best in lacemaking and Irish design. The majority of the events are free entry and all details can be found on the website

For one day only, Saturday 21st March, the Kenmare Lace Festival will host an ‘Art & Design Cloister’. Browse and enjoy unique art and design pieces created by established and up and coming producers. Many of these items will be available for purchase. 

The ‘Art & Design Cloister’ is open from 10am – 6pm and I will be selling my work alongside five other artists and designers. I have been busy preparing and have lots of new work- original artworks, art prints, greeting cards, notebooks and more. The venue is Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine which is a 3 minute walk from Kenmare town centre. The weather forecast looks great so it should be a sunny Saturday in beautiful Kenmare- one of those towns that is really magical when the sun comes out!

From 12pm the Cloister Café at the Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine will be open for lunch and sweet treats.
There is a courtyard where you can rest and enjoy a nice cup of tea or coffee and something sweet. 

From 10am-1pm there are the following workshops which are 3 hours each. The teachers are experts in their field and tickets for these are available from the website. 

Kenmare Needlepoint Lace with Sinead Hennessy
Carrickmackross Lace Traditional with Mary O’Neill
Carrickmacross Lace Contemporary with Theresa Kelly
Limerick Lace with Grainne Conlon
Bobbin Lace with Ann Keller
Traditional Crochet Lace with Kathie Earle

From 2pm – 5pm all of the workshops repeat, with the exception of Kenmare Needlepoint Lace which is taught by Nora Finnegan in the later class.

From 11am - 6pm 'Threads', An Exhibition of Contemporary handmade lace artwork - by Fiona Harrington and Orla Breslin, is in Cleo's Gallery on Shelbourne Street. 

From 10am – 6pm at the Pobailscoil Inbhear Sceine you can view the Lace Library -wonderful lace books and patterns- and be inspired by lace makers from the past. You can also view 'The Luxury of Irish Lace Exhibition' which is a special viewing of pieces made by the teachers.  

This is just a selection of what is happening this Saturday at the Kenmare Lace Festival. The programme of events is jam packed and is an unmissable experience for any lovers of lace and detail. 

All of the events are aimed at encouraging people to uphold tradition, good design and culture.