out and about :: weathering

Katie | September 29, 2014

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One of the highlights of Tent London at this year’s London Design Festival was Weathering, a curation by the Crafts Council of Ireland showcasing new work from contemporary Irish designers and craftspeople.

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It was a real treat to see Joe Hogan weaving baskets live at the show – he’s been making them this way at Loch na Fooey since 1978.

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Print Block is a not-for-profit organisation offering local textile designers the first professional print facility in Ireland. This print is by Caroline Ryan.

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I loved the Wilde Cage Light by Shane Holland made from copper plated steel, and red braided cord. Such a simple, yet effective design, to show off a traditional tungsten lightbulb.

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The wooden salad bowls are by Glenn Lucas.
“I make my pieces from native Irish hardwood sourced locally,” he says. “Each piece is dried slowly in a kiln to ensure that it is suitable for use in the home. This process takes up to eight weeks. It is then hand turned on a lathe to produce the purest of form. Finished with natural oils to protect the wood this also maintains the richness of the grain.”

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These Woodturned Pepper Mills are by Matt Jones for online craft retailer Makers & Brothers, while the jewellery boxes are made from birch with a walnut inlay by Cillian Ó Súilleabháin, a designer maker working exclusively in wood, based in Co. Carlow, Ireland.

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The slightly anthropomorphic Wedge Bench is by Designer and woodworker James Carroll, aka Stickman, who creates handcrafted furniture from his workshop in the Wicklow mountains.

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The Brace Chair is handmade to order by architects Tierney Haines from Irish oak and Finnish bleached and limed oak.

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And finally, two little pops of colour in an exhibition otherwise dominated by the handmade hues of wood: Chalet by Woodenleg aka designers Robert Skoczylas and Anna Strzelecka; and Andrew Ludick’s white earthenware collection, decorated with coloured slips and a clear glaze.

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