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

Ruth Duignan

I have been involved in teaching at primary, secondary, post leaving cert and third level.
I have guest lectured in Fashion at the Limerick School or Art and De ...

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Annabel Konig

I have organized classes and taught children of all ages and backgrounds over the past 20 years.

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Aidan Power

My main discipline is ceramic art where I specialise in handbuilding. My pieces take on a variety of different forms from vessel to figurine with purposes ranging fro ...

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Hilary Doherty

My main craft discipline is Fashion & Textiles specialising in Constructed Textiles: Woven Fabric with Hand & Machine Knitting. Other craft disciplines incl ...

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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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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 ...

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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

Bruce Metcalf

Bruce Metcalf, renowned jewellery designer shares his beginnings as a young designer and how he initially became attracted to this craft. He discusses his intentions for his wor ...

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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

Wild Goose Studio

From the series, Stories in the Making. Story of the Kinsale, Co. Cork based, Wild Goose Studio, from its inception in 1969 to the present day. A look at their process from init ...

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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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Procrastination

An investigative and exploratory hands-on gloves-off study into the practice of putting things off. Sometimes the only way to get something done is to do two dozen other things ...

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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.

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What We're up to

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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National Drawing Day

Join us at the National Craft Gallery for an afternoon of drop-in drawing activities to celebrate National Drawing Day. Create a giant Spirograph drawing, weave large drawings i ...

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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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