Second Level Resources

Provides teachers with information, ideas and inspiration to engage students and further their interest and understanding of craft and design. You will find links to videos, PDFs and resources for classroom based activities including profiles and interviews with curators and craftspeople and practical advice about careers in craft and design.

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3 NCAD students were awarded the DCCoI Future Makers Fixperts Award for 2014. The title of their winning Fixperts project was Towel Clip Project.

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Heritage Object Conservation

A handy guide designed to offer practical advice in supporting good conservation practice for objects in the home download the pdf.

The practicial guide is aimed particularly at taking care of domestic craft and design objects that have a heritage value. The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland are currently working towards the development of the Kilkenny Design Workshops National Collection, having received some funding from the Heritage Council under the Heritage Management Grant Scheme 2014. Many of these Kilkenny Design Workshop objects were designed for the domestic environment and are still cherished in homes today, which highlights the importance of object conservation and preserving their legacy.

If you are interested in historic craft objects and if you would like to study conservation when you finish secondary school, this leaflet might be just the start to spark your interest.

For more information on training to become a conservator, you can visit the link below.

This leaflet has been commissioned by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) for National Heritage Week 2014. Content devised by Conor Tulloch, conservator of historic objects.

Crafting Your Creative Future

To investigate how creative makers started their craft education you can download CCoI’s Craft Careers Information Sheet

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A Place to Gather

A short video on some of the Irish crafts people involved in the London Design Festival 2012 exhibition, ‘A Place to Gather’.

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TED talk: Print your own medicine

Lee Cronin is working on a 3D printer that, instead of objects, is able to print molecules.

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TED talk: A 3D-printed Jumbo Jet?

Bastian Schaefer shows off a speculative design for the future of jet planes.

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Dirk Vander Kooij: Interview

Interview with 3D furniture designer Dirk Vander Kooij.

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Dirk Vander Kooij: 3D Printing in action

Video showing the construction of the ‘Endless chair’ out of recycled refrigerator plastic.

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Irish Crafts People at Work

A selection of videos designed to help you understand the craft studio experience.

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Danielle Romeril: Interview

Danielle Romeril is one of Ireland’s most up and coming fashion designers.

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How to: Use a Laser Cutter

A step by step guide on how laser cutting works.

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Video: Laser Cutting

Video showing off Irish company ‘Snow’ design and production process using laser cutting.

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designED workshops 2013 – New Pilot Programme for 2nd Level Students

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Behind the Scenes @ NCG

Go behind the scenes at the National Craft Gallery (NCG) and find out what it’s like to be  an exhibition curator.

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Curator Profile

NCG Gallery Assistant – Brian Byrne


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Plan and Elevation

Activity / exercise from the OpenStudio series (J. Paul Getty Trust) of art projects.

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How to: Bind a Book

Bind a book: a simple exercise that helps explain this process.

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Glass activity sheet

Activity sheet that can be amended for use in many situations.

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Sinead Glynn: Ceramics

Sinead Glynn, ceramics sculpturer, offers advise on becoming a craftsperson.


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Sabrina Meyns: Jewellery Designer

Jewellery designer Sabrina Meyns presents an insight on her career.

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Jill Philips: Furniture and Textile Designer

Multi-platform design and craft person Jill Philips presents her work.

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Groundworks Studios: Behind the Scenes

Emer Hughes presents her co-op style studio solution.

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Interning: Fashion

Lynn Rutherford describes interning at Alexander McQueen.

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Interning: Fashion

Sinéad Dempsey tells of her experience interning in Sydney.

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Generation Exhibition

Featuring artists exhibiting their work in Craft & Design.

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Podcast: David Littler

Discussion with artist and curator David Littler.

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