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

Night time Water Lillies. Intaglio.

Melissa MacGillycuddy

I have been a textile designer for 20 years, among other collections I have designed High Street Children’s soft furnishings, cards and wrapping paper.

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Ann Duggan

Through exploring the overlapping interests of Art, Fashion, Fabrics, Stitch, Craft, Design, Nature, Travel, Drawing, I now create contemporary textile art pieces, in ...

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Karen McArdle

I am a Bachelor of Design honours Textile Design Graduate from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. I have obtained a number of skills on my course in Embr ...

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Mary Murphy

A native of Armagh, I graduated with B.A. Hons Fine Craft Design/Jewellery from The University of Ulster, Belfast in 1988. I then moved to Dublin where I gained exper ...

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Gina Faustino

I am an interior architect and a textile artist. As a textile artist I work primarily with natural fibres such as wool and silk. I also work with paper mostly in the ...

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Craft | Design

Glass

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

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

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

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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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 ...

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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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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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Manuf®actured:

Manuf®actured: The Conspicuous Transformation of Everyday Objects. A behind the scenes look during the installation of this amazing event.

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Tinkling Chimes

Create an acoustically delightful string of assorted objects to add to a large collaborative wind chime and as it grows listen to it sing in the breeze.

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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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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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