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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Lisa Fahy

Originally from Little Falls, NY, I moved to Ireland in February 2008, I was a Museum Educator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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Anne Mc Donnell

I graduated from Limerick School of Art And Design in 1997 with a degree in Fine Art Printmaking In May 1998

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Lian Callaghan

Visual Artist with experience in film (costumes), interiors (special effects, murals, gilding) and theatre (costumes and scenic artist). Involved in uses of willow an ...

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Tina O’Rourke

My background initially was in theatre costume design and directing. I then re-trained as an interior designer and colour therapist and went on to work within the des ...

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Orla O’Grady

Orla O’Grady produces fine art metal sculptures, installations and Jewellery from gold, silver, copper and wood. Her concepts are based around personal experiences ...

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Craft | Design

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Craft Materials

Glass

Glass can be textured by casting it into a textured mould, etched with acid, sand- blasted and cut with diamond tools. Depending on what is added to the glass it can become tran ...

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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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Craft Materials

New Materials

This refers to both synthetic raw materials and new technologies like laser cutting, water jet cutting, rapid prototyping, motion capturing, interactive magnetic wall coverings ...

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How its made and Who makes it

Frances Lambe

Frances Lambe talks to the Crafts Council of Ireland as part of our Education and Outreach programme. Frances explains how her Fathers interest in art and its influence on the ...

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How its made and Who makes it

Edmund deWaal

Ceramic artist and author Edmund de Waal gives his keynote speech, ‘Knowledge in the Making’ at the ‘Craft Concious: Re-Shaping Global Futures in the Innovatio ...

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Ni Ri Design

How its made and Who makes it

Ann Ryan McGree, Cards

From the series, Stories in the Making. Ann Ryan McGree of Ni Ri Design greeting cards discusses her influences and her ambition to work in a creative field. We get to experien ...

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Look at This

Skate Frames

Irish designer and skater James Carroll takes old boards and give them new life by turning them into picture frames, each with their own unique story to tell.

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Hack Things Better

Sugru. It’s Irish for ‘play’ and the possibilities are endless – modify, repair, protect or enhance virtually anything!

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Finger Symbols

A beautiful and inspiring short film for Shetland Arts’ Bonhoga Gallery featuring contemporary jewellery for the hands using inspirational and imaginative materials and method ...

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What We're up to

Family Day: Origami

Join us for our crafty Family Day where we will be joined by textile artist Gina Faustino and be taking inspiration from the spirograph featured in our current exhibition Beauty ...

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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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What We're up to

Education & Outreach

Tours, talks, workshops, courses and special late night events encourage the public, families, teachers, educators and students to broaden their knowledge and enjoyment of craft ...

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