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Painting the town red!

We have some bright and breezy new work on display in Las Rada Wine and Tapas bar just in time for the biggest week of the year in the Naas area – Punchestown Racing Festival. The weather, as usual, is not cooperating but that won’t stop us getting our glad rags on and heading to the racecourse for socialising, style watching and, of course, race watching too!

Most of the shops in Naas are decorated in accordance with the ‘painting the town red’ and equine theme but our contribution to the festivities for Las Rada is a little more eclectic in its colour palatte and seems to be heading into the blues!

‘Horizon I’ by Kathrina Hughes

Beautiful moody blue colourway and delicate simplicity defines this work by Kathrina.

‘Wild Flowers’ by Catherine Dowling

The wild flowers starting to appear in our hedgerows are celebrated in Catherine’s stitched and dyed work.

‘Bamboozled’ by Dee Kelly

Deep, dark blues are evident in Dee’s eco dyed piece, ‘Bamboozled’. The colour is the result of dying with berries and the string, used to wrap up the fabric tightly during the process, acted as a resist (not taking up the colour where it touched the fabric). The finished piece is evocative of bamboo and wildflowers waving in the wind – great title too!

‘Canal Walk’ by Barbara Seery

And rounding off the blue theme (albeit with a nod towards the warmer colours) is Canal Walk, which brings to mind the formality of a tree lined canal in France (or even Naas!)

Enjoy the horses, the food, the craic and the art in and around Naas and Punchestown this week!

Glorious Peacocks

We caught a glimpse recently of Rina Whyte’s artist notebooks where she explored ideas for her newest works, “I am Peacock I” and “I am Peacock II”. These notebooks are exquisite artworks in their own right, full of colour and texture. Rina uses watercolours, colour pencils, collage, tissue and scraps of fabric to work through her ideas for these glorious peacocks, refining shapes and colours tones, exploring minute details to the fullest.

Rina Whyte Artist Notebook sketch

Inspiration is not difficult to find for Rina as peacocks are kept in her local area and when she sees them in her garden she runs for a camera and sketchpad to capture their elegance and beauty. Rina’s work incorporates both hand and machine stitch and sometimes uses existing decorative fabrics which she embellishes with stitch, beads and applique.

‘I am Peacock II’, Rina Whyte

Rina also uses tea dyeing and bleach to distress the ground fabric before incorporating paint, found fabrics, metallic threads, sequins and beads to create the design. Double layers of yarn are used to create texture and depth of colour whilst still retaining the delicate stitch drawing.

“I am Peacock I”, Rina Whyte

Rina has quoted a poem, The Peacock, by WB Yeats as further inspiration for her work:

What’s riches to him

That has made a great peacock

With the pride of his eye?

The wind-beaten, stone-grey,

and desolate Three-rock

Would nourish his whim.

Live he or die

Amid wet rocks and heather,

His ghost will be gay

adding feather to feather

for the pride of his eye

Long time no chat!

Apologies for the long gap since our last post.  We are looking forward to a creative 2019 – but we have not been entirely idle since last year – we have just been a little quiet on the website and blog!  Hannaleena has been keeping our profile up on Instagram so you can also follow us there too on element15textile 

Some of us have been travelling ….. Australia…..India……and more.  

Some of us have started studying again ….. National College of Art and Design….. Crawford College of Art and Design…..

Some of us have given workshops….. felt hat making…….

Some of us have been ill…..

Some of us have exhibited and sold our work……

and most importantly of all, most of us are still creating, learning, sharing and looking forward to a productive 2019!  We are having a planning sessions this week to work towards our next big project.

I will post some images of new work next week but, in the meantime, these lovely pieces have gone to new homes after exhibiting at the Kilteel St. Brigid’s Arts Weekend last month … 

After LaFranchini I, Kathrina Hughes

After La Franchini I, Kathrina Hughes
Shadow, Helen McLoughlin, element15
Shadow, Helen McLoughlin,
Squall, Asta Gauronskyte, element15
Squall, Asta Gauronskyte


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Mellow Autumn

Just a quick reminder of our current work on display in Las Rada Wine and Tapas Bar, New Row, Naas.  There is definitely mellow autumn tones to the work – and a sense of loss at the fading of the summer just gone.

See what you think:

  

A series of pieces incorporating print and hand embroidery by Hannaleena Ahonen.  Her work celebrates the wonderful summer just ending and the abundance of insects busy doing their jobs into the autumn.

 

Dee Kelly was trying to preserve some of the fading beauty from her garden in this piece entitled ‘Summer’s End’.  She eco-dyed some cotton with peony leaves and over printed with hydrangea petals, using charcoal pencils and hand stitch to complete.

 

Pauline Kiernan was just about ‘Keeping It Together’ with this piece exploring the idea of loss and fragility.  She used Korean hand made paper, felted, distressed and hand stitched.

 

Tree bark from the beautiful ‘Prunus Serrula’ forms the basis of Kathrina Hughes work called ‘Bark Cloth’.

There are many more beautiful pieces in the exhibition so pop in to Las Rada for a quick viewing and something nice to eat!

Craft Fair – its not too early to order gifts for Christmas!!

Asta has asked us to let you know about the Craft Fair she is hosting at her studio next weekend.

It is running from 2nd – 4th November – full details of times are below.   There will be lots of items suitable as Christmas gifts – linen aprons, oven gloves, tablecloths, Christmas stockings, cushions, Christmas wreaths, felted scarfs, slippers, hats, wall hangings and small mixed media pieces.  Orders can be taken for most items.

Asta will have the kettle on and the coffee pot warming to welcome you.   You get the added advantage of a scenic drive to a beautiful country location on these bright sunny days.