Online project highlights best in Cork crafts 

The country's largest social network for craftspeople, which is based in Co Cork, has just launched an online celebration of what some of its most talented members' creations.

Cork Craft & Design decided to launch it ahead of Cork Craft Month in August. It contains a series of videos of the work produced by well-known woodturner, John McCarthy; glass artist Maura Whelan; basket maker Rosemary Kavanagh; jeweller Mairead McCorley of Silverstone Dimensions; ceramic artist Jim Turner; architectural illustrator Jill Cotter; award-winning textile artist Mary Palmer; and ceramicist Charlie Mahon.

Instead of showcasing their own work they are highlighting what they admire about what's produced by another Irish craftsperson.

The online videos, known collectively as 'Cork Craft Showcase', also feature free family-friendly activities for children such as flower crowns from Sonia Caldwell of Kilcoe Studio; bookbinding from Barbara Hubert; and a step-by-step guide to making a rainbow pom-pom crown from yarn master Helen O'Leary.

The videos are available on Facebook at @corkcraftmonth and Instagram a @corkcraftmonth and on the Cork Craft & Design YouTube channel.

Maeve Murphy, operations manager of Cork Craft Month said recent times had spurred many to seek a renewed appreciation in the pieces of craft and art that reside in our homes.

“Those innovative pieces that we love and look at every day are the focal point of the Cork Craft Showcase and we are delighted to have acclaimed makers talk on what pieces of Irish craftwork inspire them," said Mc Murphy. "That's from woodturner John McCarthy speaking on his large decorated bowl by Thomas Wollen to ceramicist Charlie Mahon applauding Martin Horgan’s problem solving wu-tong sticks."

“Also, as the children’s programme is such a big part of Cork Craft Month every year, we wanted to ensure young, budding craft makers could participate, so are releasing fun, free activities and craft for children to take part in. We would encourage everyone to get online, get inspired and get involved by letting us know what your favourite piece of Irish craft is, or sending us an image of your DIY craft by using the hashtag #corkcraftmonth20,” she said.

The full programme for Cork Craft Month will be available at www.corkcraftanddesign.com. To shop local, Cork Craft & Design’s exhibition space and shop is open at 27a St Patrick’s Mills in Douglas.

Cork Craft Month is supported by Local Enterprise Office, Design & Crafts Council Ireland, Cork County Council, Cork City Council, Fáilte Ireland, the Creative Ireland programme/Clár Éire Ildánach, Cork Education and Training Board, Crawford College of Art & Design, and The Gallery at 46 Grand Parade with media partner, RedFM.

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