The country’s largest social enterprise for craftspeople, Cork Craft and Design, has launched a virtual celebration of Irish craft.
Cork Craft and Design is releasing a series of videos called the Cork Craft Showcase across its social media channels to celebrate contemporary Irish craft ahead of Cork Craft Month in August.
The videos involve many of Cork’s acclaimed makers, including woodturner John McCarthy; glass artist Maura Whelan; basket maker Rosemary Kavanagh; jeweller Mairead McCorley of Silverstone Dimensions; ceramic artist Jim Turner; architectural illustrator Jill Cotter; award-winning textile artist Mary Palmer; and ceramicist Charlie Mahon, who will all share the work of another Irish craft person that they admire.
The Cork Craft Showcase also features free family friendly activities for children such as flower crowns from Sonia Caldwell of Kilcoe Studio; book binding from Barbara Hubert; and a step-by-step guide to making a rainbow pom pom crown from yarn master Helen O'Leary.
Operations Manager of Cork Craft Month, Maeve Murphy, said that the renewed appreciation in pieces of craft and art in peoples’ homes in recent months are the focal point of the Cork Craft Showcase.
She said she is “delighted” to have acclaimed makers talk about the pieces of Irish craftwork that inspires them.
“During this difficult time for the arts world, we want to shine a spotlight on the creative craft heroes of Ireland and their tradition,” she said.
She said that Cork Craft Month would not be the same without its children’s programme and this year is no different with free activities and craft for children to take part in being released to ensure young budding craft makers can also participate.
Ms Murphy encouraged people to “get online, get inspired and get involved” by sharing what their favourite piece of Irish craft is or by sending an image of their DIY craft using the hashtag #corkcraftmonth20.
The Cork Craft Showcase videos will be released on Cork Craft Month’s social media channels on Facebook at @corkcraftmonth and Instagram at @corkcraftmonth and on the Cork Craft and Design YouTube channel.
The full programme for Cork Craft Month is available at www.corkcraftanddesign.com.