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14 February 2011

 

Anyone who has regenerated, restored or replicated an old vessel understands the concept of craft.
 
The author Jeannette Winterspoon stated recently in Craft – the art of making, “The most satisfying thing a human being can do ... is make something”. Crafted objects are very different from mass produced items. “Making is personal, making is shared and making is a celebration of who we are”.
 
The bringing together of manual dexterity and artistic skill or function and art has been practised on board recreational, residential and working vessels possibly, forever. Looking at our barges and boats from their hulls to their living quarters, we could almost set up our own Craft Guild with the many examples of both heritage and contemporary craft produced, commissioned or restored by our members in metal, wood, glass, textiles, ceramics and furniture.
 
Examples on board are: wooden furniture - cabinets, tables and seating, wooden doors and facades to steel doors, steel and wooden wheelhouses, light fittings, brass fittings, canvas work, forged steel, stained glass, photography, wood turning in posts and flagpoles, ceramics and pottery, frames, candles, textiles, wool and needlework, sign painting and rope work. The list is endless with each boat having a unique range of craft on board.
 
 
 
 
 
 
           
Throughout Ireland during 2011, the Year of Craft is being celebrated.
 
While navigating the Three Sisters there will be many opportunities to spend an hour or so visiting exhibitions and artisans, with Kilkenny, home of the Craft Council of Ireland, always close when travelling along the Barrow, Nore and Suir. In the Midlands there are various events along the Shannon or within a short drive.
 
 
Here are just a few of the shows and demonstrations you may want to visit. There are displays to suit everyone, so check the Craft Ireland 2011 events pages to find your particular interests and perhaps, pick up some tips for your next project on board.
 
When
South East
What
Address
Mar 18-May 11
Kilkenny
Irish Craft Portfolio
Castle Yard
Apr 6-8
Garryhill
Ray Key Woodturning
Flanders Cross
May 5 - 8
Waterford
Architecture and Craft
People's Park +
May 20 - Jul 6
Kilkenny
21st Century Icons
Castle Yard
Jun 6 - 10
Bennettsbridge
Mosaics Re-cycle
Castlerin Studios
Jul 15 - 27
Kilkenny
Graduates Exhibition
Castle Yard
Aug 6 - 14
Kilkenny
Woodturning Exhibition
Ormond College
Sep 1 -
Carlow
Bronze Casting Exhibition
Visual Centre
       
When
Midlands
What
Address
Feb - Dec
Athlone
Exhibitions - various
Ballinahown Village
Feb - Dec
Carrick on Shn
Various crafts people
http://intoleitrim.com/ldh/artists/
Mar 4 - 16
Manorhamilton
Ironwork exhibition
Leitrim Sculpture Centre
Jul 16 - 17
Ballinlough
Country Fair & Crafts
Ballinlough Castle,Westmeath
Aug 27 - 28
Birr
Country Fair & Crafts
Birr Castle, Offaly
 

 

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