Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Dream Gathering and Galway Arts Festival

 Dream Gathering - Ireland

Just back from this festival, Dream Gathering, in Cork. The first festival I've been to in many years where I wasn't working. It was a nice low key event, slightly haphazardly organised and delayed (due to having to apply for a licence at the last min!). But, it was cheap enough, so we didn't mind too much. It was close to a friends house, so had Option B, if festival or weather was crap, we could scarper.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Studio Time

 I spent my first morning in ages in my studio, just doodling. Over the past while, I've been feeling a bit stretched, rushing through projects and deadlines, and not having enough time to clear my head and play (or write blog posts!). It is something I miss. That freedom of thought and creation. The 'oh, what will I make next'. I've been winding down (or trying to) for the past few months, clearing out the mental and physical tasks, to allow myself some free time to design and play. There might be some big projects in the pipeline, so I'm taking this month to just chill. I cleared off my table in my studio and sat with naught but pen and paper. OK I exaggerate, there was a few different types of pens, boxes, metal scraps, flask, teacups, etc, but you get my drift.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Blessing of the Boats

I thought I would stick up a little video (very little, only 1:04 mins!), I made today of a beautiful tradition here in my town. The Blessing of the Boats is an old Dingle tradition, and you know I like my traditions!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Ar Gor follow-up

Week 2 of my Blog-a-Week Challenge, and I'm going to finally post some pics of my finished piece for the exhibition Ar Gor, which took place in An Lab, Dingle, as part of Feile na Bealtaine, last May. I haven't any pics of the final piece framed, as the piece went into the framers before I went to Spain, went directly to the exhibition, and then was sold! Which I am delighted about...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

XXIV Mostra do Encaixe de Camarinas

Souvenirs from Galicia; shells, bones, bobbins, fans and posters

(Day 1 of my 10 Week Blog a Week Challenge)

I spent the weekend, trying to think of what I could blog about today, and I realised I never put any pics up of the trip to Spain! I was so busy when I returned home, it went clean out of my head. So here's a (very rough), little slide show of photos of the XXIV Mostra do Encaixe de Camariñas. I had a wonderful time, was treated royally by the organisers, and was so well looked after by my friend, La Reina de Lace, published author and incredible teacher,  Marina Regueiro, that I could have stayed forever.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Getting my blogging (and making) mojo back

The last few months have been hectic, but I cant show you why, because 2 weeks ago my bag was stolen from a pub, and as well as my keys, purse, bankcards, etc, my phone, with all my latest pictures was taken too! I have been in limbo land , trying to get new keys, new cards and trying to gather phone numbers. Alongside that, I had to abandon my broken car in Cork for a week. But...

Friday, April 11, 2014

XXIV Mostra do Encaixe de Camariñas

Its 5.30am, I should be fast asleep, but instead I'm up doing last minute computer stuff, updating blogs, sending emails, printing info leaflets, boarding passes etc, etc. The next 3 weeks are crazy hectic, and I'll barely get the chance to sit down, let alone blog!