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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Feedback

Like a new pair of shoes, it can take time to get used to a new website and while this has been a bit of a labor of love for us we realise the importance of hearing what you, our audience thinks. So if you’ve any suggestions or feedback please send us a mail at feedback@learncraftdesign.com

Craft Education Panel

Marika Miklosi Manning

I am a textile artist living in Co. Kilkenny, born in Berlin. I have been practising feltmaking and textile art since 2006.

Read more

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 ...

Read more

Emer O'Sullivan

I graduated in 2000 with a first class honours degree in contemporary crafts from Manchester Metropolitan University. I had my first ceramics studio in an educational ...

Read more

Mary Markey

Having recently completed a Higher National Diploma in Fibre Art and Textile Design, I enjoy designing three-dimensional pieces inspired by nature

Read more

Liadain Butler

Liadain is a designer with a bachelor of arts in fashion design 2001 and a postgraduate diploma in knit technology 2002. She has a fetac distinction award in communi ...

Read more

Craft | Design

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 ...

Read more

Craft Materials

Metal

Sheet, wire, tube, bars and nuggets are some of the forms that metal can be bought in today. Jewellers, blacksmiths and other metalworkers apply a variety of skills, techniques ...

Read more

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 ...

Read more

How its made and Who makes it

Edward Cook, Silversmith

From the series, Stories in the Making. Edward Cook talks about his inspiration, his initial brush with the world of jewellery and his experiences that led to his eventual caree ...

Click to watch

How its made and Who makes it

Lisa Shawgi, Knitwear

From the series, Stories in the Making. Lisa Shawgi talks about her childhood in the Sudan and the impact that this had on her knitwear designs today. She reveals some of here f ...

Click to watch

How its made and Who makes it

Glen Lucas, Woodturner

From the series, Stories in the Making. Glenn Lucas, Woodturner discusses his background, his inspiration, and his reasons for taking up the craft of wood turning. Glen also tal ...

Click to watch

Look at This

Form / Growth / Behavior

The Making of P_Wall. Artist Andrew Kudless describes the the making and installation of a 45foot long wall at the SanFrancisco Museum of Modern Art.

External link

Look at This

Music as Medium

TateShots asked artists who use music in their practice to each make a music video. Liam Gillick is an internationally acclaimed artist whose work is often rooted in sculpture, ...

External link

Look at This

Bombs away!

Watch Magda Sayeg of ‘Nitta Please’ talk about ‘Yarn Bombing’ and the history of yarn graffiti

External link

What We're up to

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.

External link
School Visit to NCG

What We're up to

Gallery School Tours

Bring your class to the National Craft Gallery to see our current exhibition and join our tour facilitators exploring contemporary craft and design from Ireland! Primary, Second ...

External link

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 ...

External link