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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.

Sales Fever at Echoes Exhibition, Castletown House, Co. Kildare

We are coming to the end of our exhibition in Castletown House – Wednesday 22nd is the last day.   We just want to say a very special thank you to everyone who visited the exhibition, gave us such wonderful feedback and, of course, purchased our work.   Some of the work from this exhibition is moving to Inniscarra Gallery in Rathcoole with the kind permission of Niamh Harney, so you will get an opportunity to see an edited version at the gallery for some weeks to come.

For those who didn’t make it to Castletown, here are images of some of the sold pieces – as you won’t get an opportunity to see them again:

‘Time to Texture I’, Rina White and ‘Black Diamonds’, Catherine Dowling


‘Summer Delights, Yellow and Orange’, Eleanor Swan

‘Entwine I’, Barbara Seery and ‘Faded Grandeur’, Dee Kelly

‘Close Encounters’, Elaine Peden and ‘Winter’, Jocelyn Stephens which was, by far, the most popular piece in the exhibition selling a number of editions



You are invited……

We are very proud of our latest exhibition, ECHOES, which we have just finished hanging.  We would love to see you there for the official opening or to visit at any time over the next two weeks.

Venue:   The Stables, Castletown House, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

Dates:   10 – 22nd August, 2018

Time:  10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day

Official Opening:  3 p.m. on Saturday, 11th August

Here are a few photographs of some of the eclectic mix of exhibits



ECHOES – our next exhibition in Castletown House, Co. Kildare

I have been a bit lax in sending out posts over the last two months – so sorry about that.  We have been a bit preoccupied with preparations for our next exhibition, ECHOES.  We had great intentions of posting images from our monthly studio days to show you some of the work in progress (if it survived peer evaluation!) …. but, even though hundreds of images were taken,  we didn’t get around to actually publishing them.  We might get a chance to do that over the next two weeks to give you a flavour of the work.

But now we are at the stage of collecting our invitations, posters and brochures from the printers and hoping the framers will have time to complete the last minute requests for framing!

We are delighted to invite you to the opening of ECHOES, a collaboration with Eleanor Swan, Ceramic Artist and Jocelyn Stephens, Fine Art Printmaker.  Here is our newly minted invitation, hot from the press:

If you can’t make the opening, please do call in to the Stable Courtyard at Castletown House from 10th to 22nd August 2018.  Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.