28 March 2014 – 7 May 2014
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Interlace28 March 2014 – 7 May 2014

Interlace focuses on contemporary interpretations of lace. The concept of the show developed 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.
The exhibition includes work by Saidhbhín Gibson and Caroline Schofield, whose practice straddles fine and applied art, Róisín de Buitléar's etched glass vessels based on vernacular lace patterns, fashion designer Natalie Coleman, textile artist’s Anita Elliot, Helen McAllister and Cathryn Hogg and Patty Murphy ceramics.

Education & Outreach

Interlace: Curator Tour with Angela O Kelly Fri 28th March, 6pm

Curator of Interlace, Angela O Kelly, will introduce the origins of the exhibition and discuss a range of works on display. This will be followed by a launch of the exhibition at 7pm by Gemma Tipton, Journalist, Writer & Editor.

Family Day: Knitting Vessels with Carrie Lynam Sat 12th April, 10.30 am + 12 noon

Join us for a crafty family day where we will be knitting vessels inspired by the work of Cathryn Hogg, one of the artists featured in our current show Interlace. Cathryn knits structures using alternative materials such as wire and plastics, she calls herself a ‘’looper’’! Get loopy with us this family day and create your own knitted vessel from alternative materials. Workshops suitable for 5 +. All the family are welcome to stay and take part. Booking essential as places are limited.

To book: / Phone 056 7796151

Late Date: Artist talks with Natalie Coleman & Saidhbhín Gibson Fri 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.

Masterclass: Contemporary Lace - Traditional Techniques & Innovation Fri 25th April, 10.30 am €20 / €10

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 INTERLACE.

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.

Booking required: / Phone 056 7796151

Adult Drawing Sessions: Line, Form & Mark-making Friday 4th April, 18th April 11am - 12.30pm

Are you a notepad doodler? As part of the Interlace education programme National Craft Gallery are delighted to offer guided drawing sessions in the gallery, open to everyone of all ages and experience. Drawing sessions focus on drawing from life examining techniques of line, describing form and mark making. Materials provided but you are welcome to bring your own favorite drawing tools also. Booking essential, as places are limited.

For more information: / Phone 056 7796151

Slow Art Day Saturday 12 April 2014 at 2.30 pm

This April, take your time and really look. International Slow Art Day on 12th April encourages you to pause and find inspiration within a small selection of artworks for up to 10 minutes each. Kilkenny’s National Craft Gallery and the Butler Gallery invite you to join us for this year’s Slow Art Day! This free Kilkenny event will begin at 2.30pm on Saturday 12th April at the Butler Gallery, continuing on to the National Craft Gallery in the Castle Yard. Afterwards visitors are invited to discuss the experience over a coffee.

This promises to be a wonderful day and is suitable for people of all ages.

For more information: / 056 7796151