Tuesday, 28 January 2014

RDS National Crafts Competition 2014

RDS National Crafts Competition 2014 

The RDS is delighted to announce the key dates for the 2014 RDS National Craft Awards and Exhibition.  The Competition is open to any craft worker resident in Ireland or Irish craft workers based abroad and has a prize fund in excess of €26,000. An online application process will be available from early March 2014.

The outline of the main competition dates for 2014 is as follows:

        Launch of online application form:   3 March
        Deadline for online applications:       12 May
        Delivery of selected works to Simmonscourt for final judging      19 & 20 June
        Collection dates for unsuccessful final round entries           7, 8, 9 July
        Exhibition of winners and selected works at Dublin Horse Show:        6 - 10 August
        Exhibition to travel to the Hunt Museum, Limerick:         Early Sept to Mid Oct (TBC)

Please take note of the following information relating to submissions:

        All entrants are required to submit their entries online at www.rds.ie/crafts.  The online entry requires a completed online application form, payment online of the entry fee and upload of high resolution digital photo/s submission. Specifications for the digital image/s are detailed on the website. Completed entries must be received online before 5pm on Monday, 12 May, 2014.
        It is vital that the digital photo submissions are of high quality as the judges first round selection will be based on them. Poor image quality may lead to work not being short-listed for the second round of judging. Digital files sent by email will not be accepted.
        It is important that the scale, size of work and a full description of the piece should be given; including materials used, design source and function, as this information will be given to the judges. If the piece is not complete, JPEG images/drawings may be submitted as a ‘work in progress’ to illustrate the design. 
        Online entry confirmation numbers will be sent by email to the email address provided. The entry fee is €15 and €10 for students and apprentices with written evidence of their status. An entry is defined as one piece of work or a matching set. Online application forms will be available at www.rds.ie/crafts from 3 March 2014. 

The RDS National Craft Awards is an RDS Foundation initiative and is supported by the Crafts Council of Ireland.

For further information please contact:
Dara O’Leary, Arts Programme Executive, RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
Tel: 01 240 7255    Email: arts@rds.ie

RDS National Crafts Competition Details

Please encourage all IPS members to enter it is one of the most important Irish exhibition for the craft. There have been some changes, the time for receiving etc have been extended - perhaps if you can encourage one or two at yours branches to enter, the quilts could be brought to Dublin and Mary Hunter (CCoI Rep) will take on the task of delivery and collection.

 This exhibition will be remain in the RDS after the Horse Shown for three days, and it is well worth a trip.

The exhibition will be open for free to the public before and not after the Horse Show (see the bottom of your post). It will be open for free on July 30, 31 and August 1.

Friday, 24 January 2014

January Meeting

The January meeting was a demo night, with 3 branch members giving different demonstrations to branch members.

Paula Rafferty showed how to make fabric pictures using the Laura Wasilowski technique.

Some of the bright colours used by Paula in her demo.

 Grania Preston showed how to do paper lamination.

Here's Grania soaking her paper laminated fabric in water

Claire Lynch gave 2 demo's. One demo showed how to make paper beads and the other how to use glue as a resist when painting/dyeing fabrics.

We also had a lot of show and tell on the night.

A small selection of the show and tell on the night
A baby quilt made by one of our younger members
Isabelle Maher showing her hand-made teddy

One of our new members Ruth Bourke showed us this lovely Halloween quilt she recently finished. Ruth also showed us a cushion she made using the economy block  which is a bit hit on quilting blogs at the moment.
Halloween Quilt by Ruth Bourke

Paula Rafferty showed some quilts that has recently finished off. This quilt was made from a Jelly Roll, using the quick strip-piecing technique mentioned to us by Edwina Mackinnon during her talk last year.
Paula also showed this lovely Christmas quilt.