Kate Wigley

Artful Summer on the Wild Atlantic Way

~Tactile Textiles, Talks & Tastes~

Red Strand Design overlooking the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland’s vibrant creative heart of West Cork is reimagining “Passion & Legacy” for a Summer School that seamlessly stitches together craft, landscape and artisan food. 

For full details on all the workshops, talks and events for the week long programme including links to book tickets for all event securely via Eventbrite click here.

Over seven days, from 3rd to 10th June, this new interactive summer school will explore the use of mixed media textile techniques to create beautiful and yet practical pieces of textile artistry.   The programme will bring together leading artists, lecturers and curators of textile artistry to lead small, intimate groups of eager participants in a variety of workshops that explores machine and hand embroidery, design and print, and incorporating key influences of culture, history, nature and texture.

The summer school is a reimagining of Caroline McNamara’s original Passion & Legacy textile project run in 2015 that reached out to both professional and experienced amateur textile artists from around the world to breathe new appreciation into the Irish Arts & Crafts Movement (1886 – 1925).  This time around, the programme takes advantage of the beautiful location of the Studio itself, just outside the village of Ardfield, overlooking Long Strand in West Cork, Ireland, using the surrounding landscape and ocean vista to inspire.

The week-long programme is interspersed with delicious boutique food events to tantilise taste buds and provide the perfect social backdrop to the workshops, talks and exhibitions.

Our key note speaker and lecturer in residence for three days of the programme is Kate Wigley, co-founder of the School of Textiles.  She has worked with a number of high profile museums such as the V&A, the Museum of London, the National Trust and English Heritage in the UK to help interpret their textile archives and to develop commercial opportunities by reproducing historic textiles and patterns for items such as greetings cards, homewares and soft furnishings.

An authority on historical and cultural textile, Kate will be presenting talks on subjects as diverse as textiles and pattern in historical trade and fashion; how nature influences design and designers as well as talking about her own creative journey in textiles as an archivist and, most recently, in launching her very own interior textile range.  Her presentations will be will be of interest to anyone curious about arts and crafts; design, history, culture and trade.

The programme also features workshops lead by leading textile artists as Sue Westergaard, Elly Holmes and Lyn Edwards. Click here for details of all lecturers and workshop leaders.

For full details on all the workshops, talks and events for the week long programme including links to book tickets for all event securely via Eventbrite click here.