Welcome

Welcome to Learn Craft Design the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s (DCCoI) on-line resource that gives teachers, educators and craftspeople inspiration, ideas and the tools to engage and excite children and young people in the making process.

CRAFTed

CRAFTed is a programme for primary schools, promoting learning through creativity and innovation. It’s developed and delivered in partnership with the 21 full time Education Centres across Ireland. CRAFTed is an opportunity to explore creativity and learn new skills working with professional craftspeople.

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Future Makers

The Crafts Council of Ireland’s ‘Future Maker Awards and Grants’ provide support for the next generation of makers to learn, experience, investigate, develop, create and shape the future of Irish Craft. Future Makers fund: research, training, residencies, materials, exhibitions and more.

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Crafting Your Future

A career in craft is diverse, challenging, innovative, creative and fulfilling. If you’re interested in learning more about a career in craft and design you will find information here about career paths and where to train.

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What is Craft & Design

Every object in our world is designed or crafted. Tables, watches, computers, cups, clothing, shoes and a billion other objects. Craftspeople and designers shape the visual world around us using imagination, skill, design-technology and craft traditions.

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Craft Education Panel

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Ciara Harrison

I am a maker specialising in the discipline of textiles and mixed media. I hold a Bachelor of Textile Design from the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Dubl ...

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Ciara O’ Sullivan

Since graduating from LSAD in 2010, with an honours degree. I have continued to create work from my studio in Bennettsbridge. I work mostly in slipcast porcelain, wit ...

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Gerlinde Kugler

I worked as an artist in textiles, free patchwork and embroidery, silk painting, acrylics, watercolours and pastels. Additionally I learned silversmithing, mosaics an ...

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Gabriella McGrath

As a maker I design and create bespoke pieces using weaving, feltmaking, basketry, tailoring techniques and skills working with a wide variety of materials.

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Deirdre Rogers

Deirdre Rogers is a designer who works in a variety of glass forming techniques and set up her studio in 1996. She received her BDes in Glass from the National Colleg ...

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Craft Materials

Ceramics

Ceramics are typically very strong and can be found in watch parts, car spark plugs, electrical conductors, phone lines, appliance coatings, space shuttle & aeroplane nose ...

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Craft Materials

Textiles

Textiles are made from a variety of materials – they can be broken down into animal (Alpaca, cashmere, mohair, wool, silk), vegetable (cotton, hemp, linen, sisal), plant (pape ...

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Craft Materials

Wood

To make furniture successfully it is important to know two simple facts, wood moves meaning that it takes in and releases moisture in its cells and swells or shrinks accordingly ...

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How its made and Who makes it

Hope & Benson, Handbags

From the series, Stories in the Making. Angela Hope talks about her (co-owned) handbag label, Hope and Benson. Discussing her early drive to work in the fashion industry before ...

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How its made and Who makes it

Alice Kettle

Alice kettle talks to the Crafts Council of Ireland as part of our Education and Outreach programme. Alice explains how she came to work in craft and art before deciding to wor ...

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How its made and Who makes it

Liz Christy, Textiles

From the series, Stories in the Making. Liz Christy from Swallow Studios tells us what inspired her to enter the word of textile design and hand weaving. From her experiences as ...

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Grayson Perry

‘Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman’ is the Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry’s exhibition and memorial to the anonymous skilled individuals who made object ...

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Moleskine

See what happens when Moleskin send Rogier Wieland a box of their notebooks.

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Projected Drawings

New York’s The LAB Gallery, Presents: Helen Dennis ‘Projected Drawings’. Inspiring live drawing of an urban city-scape using hand drawing and multimedia.

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Cast Clay Bells

Get musical and assist ceramic artist Ciara O’Sullivan create a jingling bell installation, learning to slip cast your own clay bell. Once cast, each bell can be decorated and ...

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Sound Makers

Join us for this fun workshop with artist Saidhbhin Gibson gets creative with recycled bottles, using them to create colourful and unique music makers to take home.

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What We're up to

Learning at NCG

National Craft Gallery programmes up to 8 inspiring exhibitions a year, making the gallery a valuable education resource. Tours, Talks, Late Dates, Family Days, School Programme ...

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