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Spirit of the Season

Getting into the spirit of the season yet? There is a bit of work involved in doing that – especially getting all that Christmas decorating done!

Something Red, Elaine Peden, element15
Something Red, Elaine Peden

We have made some small contribution to the festive decor in Las Rada Wine and Tapas Bar, Naas by hanging some new artwork in their gallery space. Whilst our work does not have a festive theme, it does have a bit of a red and green thing going on – in keeping with the colours of the season !

Kintsugi, Eimear Molony, element15
Kintsugi, Eimear Molony
element15 in Las Rada, Naas
‘The Bookkeeper’s Daughter’, Barbara Seery
and ‘The Chair’ Pauline Kiernan
Leap’, Marie Dunne

Las Rada Tapas Bar, New Row, Naas East, Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland Phone: 045 879 978 www.lasradas.ie

Resonance

We would like to invite you to an exhibition of new work. We are honoured to have Mary A. Kelly to perform the official opening. Mary is a contemporary Irish artist and filmmaker and the winner of many awards, including this year’s RSCI Art Award.

Each piece in this exhibition was created in response to a poem or song lyric that has a particular meaning for the artist. Some poems are well known, some obscure, some are very contemporary, some very personal, and one has been written especially for the exhibition.

We hope you can join us for the opening reception on Sunday, 3rd November, 2-5 p.m. or drop in to see the exhibition during its two week run.

Resonance – Exhibition Invite

Hi everyone, we are happy to announce our forthcoming exhibition of new work. Each piece was created in response to a poem or song lyric that has a particular meaning for the artist. Some poems are well known, some obscure, some are very contemporary, some very personal, and one has been written especially for the exhibition. We are just putting the finishing touches to our preparations having worked on the exhibits for some months. We hope you can join us for the opening reception on Sunday, 3rd November or drop in to see the exhibition during its two week run.

A Textile Journey, Ten years on!

To mark the occasion of our 10th Anniversary, Dee Kelly, one of our founding members, has written a piece documenting her journey into the world of textile art in its many forms and the evolution of our group into its current iteration:

In January 2009 I attended a ‘Basic and Beyond’ Felting course with Feltmakers Ireland in Lucan, Co. Dublin. It was my first introduction to wet felting and I was immediately addicted! During the course I heard that Kathrina Hughes was starting a felting class in Naas so I took the plunge and joined in February of that year. The classes were held in McAuley Place. Kathrina was very generous with her materials and brilliant at teaching the various techniques involved.

Other members of the group back then were Catherine Dowling, Kay, Gaye , Vanessa, Miriam, Avril, Michelle, and Jackie. We got on very well as a group and I could hardly wait for tuesday evenings to come around and get working with wool fibre again.

Kathrina introduced us to Colleen who showed samples of creative stitching and mixed media work. My love of fabric and stitching was rekindled and, all of a sudden, I was blown away with textile art. Colleen hosted creative stitching sessions in her house and a few of us went along to those too.

We named our group ‘Naas Felt and Fibre’ and we held our first exhibition in McAuley Place in 2012 which was a great success. In 2015, in order to incorporate all the forms of textile art that member produced, we changed the name of our group to element15. Over the years we have lost some great members due to other commitments and the hurdles life puts in the way, but we have also gained new talent who have brought along their expertise and enthusiasm.

Textile Art has taken over my life and my spare bedroom. I have enjoyed my journey over the last 10 years and I would like to say a big thank you to Kathrina and Colleen for all their guidance and support from 2009 onwards. I also wish to acknowledge the tremendous work carried out by all members, past and present – workshops, blogs, website, exhibitions, project proposals and management. May we continue to grow as a group, supporting each other along our textile journey. Dee Kelly, 2019

Exhibition in Finland

Some members of element15 are dab hands at felting and are also members of Feltmakers Ireland. They are currently participating in a joint exihibition with the Finnish Feltmakers Association in Jämsä, Finland until the 4th of August. The exhibition is called ‘A Touch of Red’ and the work exhibited includes wearable and non wearable art, literal and interpretive pieces.

Wall Hanging, Elaine Peden
Elaine with her decorative Neckpiece in Finland
Silk and fine Merino wool blouse by Marie Dunne

In the background of the above image you can see red felted boots and matching handbag by Asta Gauronskyte.

Shawl, Marie Dunne

Congratulations Marie, Asta and Elaine – it is wonderful to be participating in an international exhibition.