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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Fiona Smith-Darragh

Fiona Smith-Darragh was born in Bedfordshire, and brought up in Worcestershire, England. From an early age her great loves were wildlife and horses.

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Una Ní Shé

The Cork-born artist graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 1980. She works in media including felt, print and drawing. Her work includes felt sculp ...

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Mary Markey

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

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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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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 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

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 ...

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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

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

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 ...

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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 ...

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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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From the Tate Museum’s ‘Tate Channel’, Do Ho Suh’s sculptural installation with a focus on textile arts.

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Schwood ya?

Broken skateboard decks + creativity + craft = Beautiful sunglasses by Schwood.
Find out how here.

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Printed Funky Ts

Join in some printing fun and learn a new craft skill with craftsperson and textile designer Caroline Ryan, to create a silkscreen-printed masterpiece.

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Get Crafty Family Days

Crafty fun for all the family at National Craft Gallery inspired by current exhibitions, usually the second Saturday of each month. Children together with parents enjoy fun fill ...

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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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