Cork Craft Month to cel­e­brate sus­tain­abil­ity and cre­ativ­ity

Irish Examiner - - County - Kevin O’Neill

More than 100 cre­ators will cel­e­brate the im­por­tance of con­tem­po­rary crafts as part of Cork Craft month, which re­turns for Au­gust.

There are over 70 events and work­shops planned across the month and the vast ma­jor­ity - some 80% will take place on­line to en­sure peo­ple can en­joy the events safely.

The fes­ti­val is run by Ire­land’s largest so­cial en­ter­prise for crafts­peo­ple, Cork Craft & De­sign. Some 90% of events are free, too.

Sus­tain­abil­ity in craft and de­sign will be ex­plored at Cork Craft Month’s show­case ex­hi­bi­tion in Bal­ly­de­hob, fea­tur­ing the work of 19 mak­ers, in­clud­ing mo­saic artist Mar­garet Twomey of Pur­pose Mo­saic and Ali­son Ospina of Green Wood Chairs. The 2020 Cork Craft & De­sign Show­case Ex­hi­bi­tion is ded­i­cated to sus­tain­abil­ity and en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious think­ing.

Maeve Mur­phy, Oper­a­tions Man­ager of Cork Craft Month said: “One of the big­gest con­ver­sa­tions hap­pen­ing at the mo­ment in the craft world is around sus­tain­abil­ity — what mak­ers can do to min­imise their im­pact on the planet. Con­sumers are more con­scious of what they are buy­ing, and they are ac­tively seek­ing out lo­cally made craft prod­ucts that cel­e­brate her­itage craft mak­ing skills which have low im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment.

“Our mak­ers in­volved in the Cork Craft & De­sign Show­case Ex­hi­bi­tion use ev­ery­thing from lo­cally sourced sal­vaged wood to re­cy­cled clay to re­pur­posed ebony from uil­leann pipes. They will cre­ate a vis­ual di­a­logue on the im­por­tance of sus­tain­abil­ity and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­scious­ness, and those in­ter­ested in find­ing out more are en­cour­aged to pop into the Work­ing Artist Stu­dios on Main Street, Bal­ly­de­hob dur­ing the month.”

Among the on­line events for the eleventh an­nual Cork Craft Month will be a vir­tual Taste for Craft col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Cork Craft & De­sign mem­bers and English Mar­ket traders, while other events will fo­cus on ce­ram­ics, wood-turn­ing and choco­late mak­ing, while the So­ci­ety of Cork Pot­ters cel­e­brates its 40th an­niver­sary with an ex­hi­bi­tion at Cork city’s Lavit Gallery later in the month..

The an­nual West Cork Cre­ates will also go on­line this year with a vir­tual gallery and shop run­ning from Au­gust 8 un­til Septem­ber 14 in Sk­ib­bereen. Thirty-seven artists and crafts­peo­ple have been in­vited to work on the theme of Har­vest, in­spired by Theo Dor­gan’s poem Har­vest Moon. The Cork-born award-win­ning poet will of­fi­cially open the ex­hi­bi­tion on­line at 1pm on 8 Au­gust.

There are also a num­ber of phys­i­cal work­shops and demos tak­ing place, ad­her­ing to so­cial dis­tanc­ing, with de­tails of th­ese pub­lished on­line.

■ The pro­gramme for Cork Craft Month is avail­able at corkcrafta­nd­de­ Fol­low Cork Craft on Face­book and In­sta­gram at @corkcraft­month.

Pic­ture: Dar­ragh Kane

Mar­garet Twomey of Pur­pose Mo­saic, who is one of 19 mak­ers in­volved in the Cork Craft & De­sign Show­case Ex­hi­bi­tion as part of Cork Craft Month.

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