Cork Craft Month to celebrate sustainability and creativity
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 corkcraftanddesign.com. Follow Cork Craft on Facebook and Instagram at @corkcraftmonth.
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.