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Last Chance to see Kinship

Hi everyone,

‘In the Botanic Gardens came the season of fruit and plenty, wildflower ceramics appeared in the moonshine.

The stumps of trees sprouted wool in many colours …

In the gardens red thread roots growing from a tree into the ground put my feet solidly on the grass…’

Esther Raquel Minsky, 29.08.22


This is the last week to see Sculpture in Context exhibition in the Botanic Gardens, Dublin.  There are so many wonderful pieces of sculpture situated throughout the gardens that you could easily spend the day there.  The gallery over the restaurant is a beautiful space and houses a large number of smaller pieces in ceramics, glass, fibre, bronze and teabags!

We are really pleased that our piece, Kinship, is slowly being colonized by nature as the grass, and the odd mushroom, grow tall around sections of spreading ‘roots’.   The felted pieces, which nestle in the crevices of the fallen tree, bear the signs of insect activity, snail trails and fallen leaves.  Just perfect!    Here are a few images of it now….



Thank you to everyone who visited and gave us such great feedback.  It was an interesting adventure for us to work collaboratively on one piece.  Our thanks to the committee of Sculpture in Context for giving us this wonderful opportunity.  



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.

Invitation to Morning Coffee and Art

Join element15 for a MORNING COFFEE and Art on Saturday, 8th September in INNISCARA BESPOKE Framing and Gallery, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin between 10.30 and 12.30.

After a highly successful run at Castletown House & Parklands, ECHOES has moved on to Inniscara Bespoke Framing & Gallery and we are hosting a morning coffee to mark the occasion.

The exhibition looks really well in this new setting and benefits from the great lighting in the gallery.

Niamh Harney, who owns Inniscara, is a wonderful resource for local artists, knowledgeable on a range of mediums, always ready with words of encouragement and good advice on framing.

‘Castletown Collage’ by Hannaleena Ahonen.  This collage has now been deconstructed into beautiful, individual pieces – each a treasure.


ECHOES Textiles | Ceramics | Print     

a collaborative exhibition from element15, Eleanor Swan, Ceramic Artist and Jocelyn Stephens, Printmaker.

Running until late September, Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm; Sat 9am-4.30pm



Exhibition in Castletown House, Celbridge, Co. Kildare in August 2018

We are really pleased to finally share with you a project that we have been working on for about a year.  We are collaborating with Eleanor Swan, Ceramic Artist and Jocelyn Stephens, Fine Art Printmaker to create a collection of work specifically for exhibiting in Castletown House, Celbridge, Co. Kildare.  We will exhibit the work in the Stable Wing in August this year with kind permission from the OPW.

We are very excited to be exhibiting alongside such talented artists as Eleanor and Jocelyn and we are all very busy working on our various pieces inspired by the wonder that is Castletown House and Parkland.

More updates will follow with information and photographs of the creativity in action!

See full details in our press release below.


For more information on Castletown House go to their website http://castletown.ie/


Spring has sprung in new exhibition in Las Rada, Naas

There is new work by element15 on the walls of Las Rada Wine and Tapas Bar this week just in time for Easter.  The themes of Spring and Easter are strongly represented in this body of work – even if Spring does not feature much in our weather!

One piece entitled ‘Independence’ by Asta Gauronskyte, features beautifully felted Easter Lilies and was inspired by Irish history and the Easter lily as a symbol of the Easter Rising.  Asta used Tirol wool, Merino tops and flax fibres which she felted using wet felting technique.

'Independence' by Asta Gauronskyte, element15


Catherine Dowling was having fun when thinking of a name for this piece :  ‘Seeds, Shoots and Leaves’!  It is a vibrant and colourful welcome to Spring bursting forth and the cycle from seed to plant.  Wet felting and dry felting techniques were used with Merino wool to create this piece which was embellished with free form embroidery and seed beads.

'Seeds, Shoots and Leaves' by Catherine Dowling, element15

‘Seeds, Shoots and Leaves’ 

The dark purple of spring flowering Tulipa Leontien was the inspiration for Barbara Seery’s piece entitled ‘Leontien’.  White linen was dyed using the ice dying method and free machine embroidery used to create the illusion of tulips.

'Leontien' by Barbara Seery, element15


The snow obviously left Asta with time on her hands as she has produced a second piece for this exhibition.  This large scale felted work was created using Merino wool, Wensleydale curly wool, flax and silk fibres.  Machine and hand embroidery, glass beads and natural stones were used to great effect to embellish this homage to the natural world.

Diversity by Asta Gauronskyte


Above is Asta’s ‘Diversity’ and Colleen’s ‘Lullymore West I and II’

Kathrina was thinking of the rhythm of the ocean and the colours of the ocean floor when creating her piece entitled ‘Coastline’.  It is hand felted using dyed Merino and Wensleydale wools, embellished with a selection of dyed silk fibres and silk chiffon.

'Coastline' by Kathrina Hughes, element15

More images from the exhibition next week.   In the meantime, have a wonderful Easter!

If you get a chance drop into Las Rada to see the exhibition in person – and to sip one of their lovely wines with tapas!  Heaven!  https://www.lasradas.ie/