31 March 2014

Interlace Exhibition


The concept of the show developed and curated by the National Craft Gallery is to explore how traditional material culture creates a resonant source for contemporary practice.

National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny: 28th March – 7th May, 2014
Opening Event: Friday 28th March, 2014

 "More than a luxury, lace was once central to Irish life, and even to survival. These makers look at lace’s almost magical properties."– Gemma Tipton, Interlace Exhibition Catalogue

Interlace takes the history of lace as a starting point and creates a unique exhibition of work by 8 very different women, focusing on their contemporary interpretations of lace.

The concept of the show developed and curated by the National Craft Gallery is to explore how traditional material culture creates a resonant source for contemporary practice. This is one of a series of exhibitions to take traditional or vernacular practice as a starting point.

Each of the 8 participating artists tells her own individual story through her work and this exhibition offers an insight into how they have been influenced and inspired by our lace heritage to make everything from ravens to a wedding dress, from glass etchings to a celebration of the lace industry in Youghal, Co. Cork.

The 8 women involved in the exhibition are Caroline Schofield, Cathryn Hogg, Helen McAllister, Natalie B Coleman, Patty Murphy, Roisin De Buitlear, Anita Elliot and Saidhbhain Gibson.

Contemporary Lace - Traditional Techniques & Innovation Fri 25th
April, 10.30am

€20full day / €10 half day
As part of the Interlace education programme National Craft Gallery are delighted to offer a masterclass in contemporary lace and design, aimed at textile artists and lace makers. This Contemporary Lace Masterclass is an exploration of innovation and tradition in lace within the broader context of textiles. The morning session will focus on design thinking, innovation and combined materials with textile and fashion designer Natalie B Coleman. The practical afternoon workshop will focus on traditional lacemaking techniques with a focus on needlepoint, led by Nora Finnegan of the Kenmare Lace and Design Centre. This masterclass is suitable for makers who work with textiles and wish to expand their skill base and explore design thinking from another perspective. Places limited, booking essential.

10.30am - 1.00pm - Design, Innovation & Combining Materials with Natalie Coleman
Natalie Coleman is a fashion designer originally from County Monaghan. She studied fashion at Limerick School of Art & Design and on the MA course at Central St. Martins, London. With a background in strong narratives and quirky romance Natalie creates beautiful, feminine, contemporary, flirtatious looks with special attention to finish, fabric and detail. Coleman’s work features in our current exhibition

2.00pm - 5.00pm - Needle Point Techniques with Nora Finnegan
Nora Finnegan is a lace-maker based in Kenmare, Co. Kerry and the owner and manager of Kenmare Lace and Design Centre. Nora is the co author of recently published The Lace Story, Kenmare and  other Irish Laces. Nora will lead an afternoon session of traditional lace making techniques.
Book: events@nationalcraftgallery.ie / 056 7796151

Late Date: Artist talks with Natalie Coleman & Saidhbhín Gibson
25th April, 6.30pm
Fashion designer Natalie Coleman and artist maker Saidhbhín Gibson will speak about their work and in particular the pieces they contributed to the current exhibition Interlace. Designer Natalie and artist Saidhbhín represent very different approaches to using contemporary lace. Join us from 6.30pm in the gallery for a glass of wine and an informal chat about craft and contemporary lace.

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