Glucksman Craft Fair 2017

The Lewis Glucksman Gallery is a stunning building on the grounds of University College Cork - if you haven't been before make sure to check it out if you're in the area. There's a consistent run of beautifully curated shows throughout the year. For one weekend, they clear the galleries and allow designers and craftspeople to set up for the Glucksman Craft & Design Fair. The building, designed by O'Donnell + Tuomey, is beautiful and, if I remember my tour correctly from Open House many moons ago, harvests geothermal energy from an underground stream that ran across the site. It's a lovely, calm space to commune - shout-outs due to the staff there - as disorganised as I was there was always someone about to help - we made it! In one piece too!

Craft fairs are a big thing, especially around Christmas, for makers and craftspeople. It's a chance to move products and a good opportunity for people to meet the men and women making decorative things locally. It got mad for me at points, but there was a great calm atmosphere about the fair in the Glucksman this year - and the other makers I met were a really interesting bunch making really interesting things.

Unfortunately, fairs can be expensive for makers (The 5 day long National Craft Fair - recently renamed 'Gifted' - costs standholders somewhere towards €200/day) and become hectic if sales are needed. The best bits of what a craft fair is, the people, can get lost behind the event. Luckily there are a couple of fairs that manage to keep the mayhem to a minimum and open a marketplace for people to engage with craftspeople, designers and artists - the Glucksman is one of these, and I'm really happy to say that the Hands collection of table lamps are now stocked in the Glucksman gift shop. 

Thanks to all involved - especially my helpers; Laura and Iana for your time and energy!

 

The nedkaar stand

The nedkaar stand

Chuffed to received the inaugural "Most Imaginative Use of Materials" award!

Chuffed to received the inaugural "Most Imaginative Use of Materials" award!

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Design & Facilitation

On the 25th of March we hosted a forum on Design and Facilitation in the National Museum or Ireland. The forum, which consisted of four prominent designers working as facilitators within public and private realms, aimed to highlight a few of the ways that designers can act as change makers. The talks were held in conjunction with the National Museum of Ireland and Dublin Institute of Technology and took place in the Museum at Collins Barracks which is home to a large chunk of Ireland's physical history.

Speakers on the day included Michael Torrans of The Potting Shed Dublin, Jonathan Legge of The Souvenir Project and Makers & Brothers, Barry Sheehan of The Dublin Project and DIT and Kim Mackenzie-Doyle of the Institute of Designers Ireland.

The theme of Design and Facilitation was chosen as a reaction to new roles that designers are finding in the world today. The place of the designers as the makers of iconic products for international manufacturers is as strong as ever, however some designers are choosing to put their skills to use in managing, curating and collaborating to change systems and communities.

On the day, each speaker described their experience acting as a facilitator of change within the context of a specific subject and the result were four very-different talks that touched upon some of the key elements of this practice: what was important to them in the projects, what they aim/aimed to achieve and the problems they faced.

It was a real pleasure to run the talks on the day and to be made so welcome in the National Museum of Ireland on a beautiful morning in March. These four talks have provided an point from which to explore facilitation and change making in Ireland by design and I look forward to expanding on this subject soon.

*Many thanks to Eimir O'Brien (@eimirobrien) at the National Museum of Ireland, Bernard Timmins of DIT and all of the speakers.  

**The four talks will be available soon, for more information please get in touch.

Mick Torrans | The Potting Shed Dublin

Mick Torrans | The Potting Shed Dublin

Jonathan Legge | The Souvenir Project/Makers & Brothers

Jonathan Legge | The Souvenir Project/Makers & Brothers

Barry Sheehan | The Dublin Project/DIT

Barry Sheehan | The Dublin Project/DIT

Kim Mackenzie-Doyle | Institute of Designers Ireland

Kim Mackenzie-Doyle | Institute of Designers Ireland

IDI Awards 2016

The Institute of Designers in Ireland, or IDI, is Ireland's largest and oldest association of design professionals. Committed to advancing the value and impact of design both locally and nationally, the IDI organises a range of activities that celebrate the creativity and successes of Irish designers.

The annual IDI awards ceremony was held on the 17th of November in Dublin and I was delighted to be able to give a hand on the night. 

The design community in Ireland is finding its voice through organisations such as the IDI and events that bring together designers are incredibly important in this. Epsilon, a creative agency from Dublin and deserving nominee on the night of the awards, are organisers of the Bread and Butter IDI Design Socials. These socials, structured around a presentation of work from an Irish designer, are a notable example of events that give designers the chance to share knowledge and build connections.

For more information on the IDI Awards 2016 awards search the  #DESIGNRISING hashtag. Congratulations to all the designers recognised on the night! 

 

IDI Awards Trophies 2016
Lamp A - a lamp I made from Hi-Macs solid surface and winner of the 2015 Hi-Macs IDI Graduate Design Award was on show too.

Lamp A - a lamp I made from Hi-Macs solid surface and winner of the 2015 Hi-Macs IDI Graduate Design Award was on show too.

 

 

Dublin Design Night 2016

Dublin Design Night is kicking off tonight in collaboration with Image Interiors and Yelp. Areas around George's Street, Drury Street and Temple Bar have developed into a real creative sector with great coffee and nightlife giving the area a social buzziness. A wide range of creative enterprises operate in the area and at street-level there are a number of great independent retailers. Once a year these retailers open their doors till late in collaboration with partners to showcase all they have to offer. More information on the evening can be found here - http://image.ie/events/article/dublindesignnight/.

I'm delighted to say that tonight the small table lamp I've been working on will be hitting the shelves in Designist. The first in a range of products the lamp is a simple corded lamp that is hand made in Ireland. 

 

Dublin Design Night 2016 Map

Dublin Design Night 2016 Events