Monthly Archives: April 2015

Jo Beattie Guest Speaker and Workshop- 5th and 6th September 2015 IGE Meeting

September 5, 2015
10:00 amto1:00 pm


Jo Beattie 

Artist Statement

My work is a reflection on memories of people we love and how we associate them with what they wear. Their patterns and colours are embedded into our memory and become inseparable from our image of them. Our patterns and colours determine not only our character and how we want to be perceived by others but also define us in a time, place and culture.

My most recent work uses shadow to reflect the image of our patterns and identity. I have become interested in the way my artwork can enhance the idea of memory by having a shadow of the image reflected onto a plain background a distance away from the actual work. This enables the shadow to become larger and more defined. The shadow effect has become an increasingly important part of the way I can emphasise the idea of embedding our memories of the past into the abstract and stylised images of my present work.

My work visualises a fragment of a precious memory. Therefore it is important that there is as little external boundary to my work as possible. I sometimes work so the edges of the work are broken and fragmented to enhance my ideas. At other times I have chosen a background material for the work that is light and see through. The aim is for my work to look suspended in space; a snapshot of a moment represented in a three-dimensional format. The unbounded and physical nature of my work enables a suspended image of a moment in a person’s life to occupy a space, leaving the shadow of a memory behind.


Jo Beattie will be our Guest Speaker at the 5th September 2015 IGE Meeting.  Her workshop (Saturday afternoon and Sunday all day- 5th &6th of September 2015)  will be on machine embroidery on net using photographs/drawings.

If interested contact: Mary McDonnell at:



Craft Quarter-classes in art, craft and traditional skills in Ireland

Jo-Anna Townshend has just set up a new website called Craft Quarter and would be most grateful if the Members of the Irish Guild of Embroiderers would let her know what they think.

Craft Quarter is the place to find talented people offering classes in art, craft and traditional skills.

Finding a good craft class can be tricky – often the best courses are hard to find or not on when you want them. With Craft Quarter, course providers can easily list forthcoming courses and accept bookings through our really simple to use site. Course bookers can search the courses by category, keyword or clicking on the map and are kept up to date by newsletter when they sign up.

Craft Quarter enables Art, craft and traditional skills experts to list and promote and sell their next course or one off workshop, really simply, at a very reasonable price.

There is a section for textiles and also embroidery.

Nicola Henley at the May IGE Meeting

11:15am- after AGM starting at 10:30

Our guest speaker on the 2nd of May is Nicola Henley


Nicola Henley studied Fine Art Textiles at Goldsmith’s college, London in 1984. Since this, she has worked as an artist, exhibiting widely in Ireland, The U.K. and abroad. Born in Bristol, England she moved to Co. Clare in 1991 to set up a studio and continue working on large scale artworks, based on her interest in nature and wildlife. She is inspired by birds and their movement, their relationship to the sky, sea and land. She aims to draw our attention to the delicate balance of nature and connections between ourselves and our environment.

The textile pieces are made by a combination of dying, painting, and screen-printing cotton calico and texturing the surface with various materials such as hand made Japanese paper and silk stitched onto the surface of the cloth. The change of scale from bold printing and painting to the intimacy of close stitching helps to convey the concept of near detail with open space of a landscape or seascape.

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element15 -4th exhibition 21st April

IN THEIR ELEMENT FOR 2015 Naas Felt & Fibre relaunch as element15

Formerly known as Naas Felt & Fibre, element15 is a collective of 15 textile artists which began life five years’ ago in Naas as a meeting of like-minded people interested in the art of felt-making, and later creative stitch and printing.

Over time, the group’s work has developed and now, about to open their 10th exhibition, the time has come to change their name to one that better reflects an exhibiting group. Hence, Naas Felt & Fibre is reborn as element15 .

This name reflects the fifteen elements who make up the group and the year in which they have come of age. With a diverse range of backgrounds; from dressmaking, architecture and ceramics to teaching and design, element15 have a passion for textiles – working with wool fibre, fabric, silk, thread, paper, stitch, print and mixed media. Regular exhibitions are held at McAuley Place Arts & Culture Centre in Naas.

The group exhibited at Carlow Arts Festival (Eigse) in June 2014. Upcoming exhibitions include Rua Red South Dublin Arts Centre in Tallaght and the Blue Egg Gallery in Wexford.

The group are Artists in Residence in the gallery space at Las Rada Tapas Bar & Restaurant in Naas since October 2014; their 4th exhibition there is opening on 21 April 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION Colleen Prendiville, Tel. 086 085 4932 Kathrina Hughes, Tel. 087 747 3233 Email: Website:

Juxtaposition by Eimear Molony Beyond the Creek by Kathrina Hughes Nature's Scar by Rose Cronin

E15 press release 16-04-15 finalpdf

April IGE Meeting- 11th of April


Our monthly meeting this April has been moved to Saturday 11th of April.

Our guest speaker will be Mel Bradley (

There is also a workshop on Saturday 11th in the afternoon and Sunday 12th all day on Silk Painting.

If interested contact

Mary McDonnell at: