During August, Craft NI run a major craft month which kept me on my toes. It was a highly enjoyable month and I met amazing people. I believe that Craft Month has been a great event throughout Northern Ireland as it encourages so many people to try and learn new skills.

As well as promoting craft sales and interests there are also a number of events run to help support makers. I felt these were very important as makers can become very isolated in their studios.

I attended these events but was also extremely busy teaching Japanese textiles workshops in different venues all over Northern Ireland. It was great meeting people in different areas and hearing their interesting Japan and indigo dyeing.

Crescent Art Center

Crescent Art Center

Flowerfields Art Center

Flowerfields Art Center
Kiln and Loom, a lovely craft and coffee shop on the Ormeau road in Belfast ran an event called Island Makery. The aim was to support and promote Irish hand made items and provide a platform for new makers to show their work. I was delighted to become one of their new makers and to have an opportunity to work with such a brilliant craft retail establishment.

As part of the event NVTV wanted to record a program on what was happening for August Craft Month and Island Makery. They came to the shop and interviewed myself, owner Rene, ceramists Rebecca Killeen and Rebecca Mairs from Craft NI. We were all equally nervous but it was fun experience.

Rebecca from Craft NI

Rebecca from Craft NI

Rebecca talking about her work

Rebecca talking about her work
One of the events run by Craft NI was a Meet the Buyer event. Contemporary craft makers from all over Northern Ireland gathered to show their work to craft retailers. This event was great as it really is very time consuming trying to meet new retailers and through this event I have now two new stockists and a few potential future stockists.

I was also commissioned by Craft NI to create a series of bags for their Find It Friday promotion. They hid these in craft venues throughout Northern Ireland and used social media to give finders clues. I really loved making these Furoshiki Ecobags and that this event promotes Japanese Furoshiki in Ireland. Furoshiki is a reusable wrap used to carry anything from lunch boxes to swimwear.

I accidentally met one of the winners of my bags while at Flowerfields and was so happy that she liked it. There was great response to the idea of Furoshiki in Ireland so I hope to launch a collect of them soon.

Furoshiki Eco Bag

Furoshiki Eco Bag

Find It Friday Winner

Find It Friday Winner