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ARTS AND CRAFTS

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Children’s craft workshop

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October / November 2017

at the National Print Museum

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he National Print Museum in Beggars Bush Barracks is planning a mid-term week full of fun for kids! From Tuesday the 31st of October to

Friday the third of November, the museum will run daily craft workshops for children to enjoy on their school break. On Tuesday the 31st, there are

two special Halloween workshops - Mini Monster Printmaking for 4 - 7 years at 11.30am to 12.30pm, and Spooky Bookmaking for 8 - 12 years from 14.30pm to 15.30pm. Booking is required for these workshops, which cost €12.50 per child, and the fee can be paid on the Shop section of the museum’s website. On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, the museum will hold a Family Drop-in Workshop each day from 14.00 - 16.00, which will be suitable for all the family. No advance booking is required for these workshops, and the charge of €5.00 per child can be paid on the day. Parents and guardians go free! On Wednesday and Friday, the Family Drop-in Workshop will be Fingerprint Fun, where children can learn how to use simple finger printing to make a whole range of fun characters and pictures, and create easy and unique prints of people, animals and vehicles. On Thursday, the Family Drop-in Workshop will be Brilliant Bookmarks where children can design their own personalised bookmark using

printing stamps, markers, pencils, and crayons, and decorate it with stickers, glitter, gems, ribbons and feathers. Why not join in the fun at the museum and make some special masterpieces this MidTerm? An inclusive and very budget friendly option for all the family. More information on the workshops can be found on the National Print Museum’s website www.nationalprintmuseum.ie, by email to education@nationalprin

tmuseum.ie, or by contacting the museum on (01) 6603770. Photos Courtesy of The National Print Museum.

Are you a secret crafter?

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n Jessica

Ellis he Best Little Market held its third event recently on Saturday 16th September and despite the little bit of rain, crafters made a creative display of their wares at The Vintage Inn in Irishtown. There were ceramic cats, colourful handmade jewellery and wooden bird feeders for sale, so if you are looking for a present for someone, then keep an eye out on Facebook for the next Best Little Market event coming soon. I have a feeling it may be christmas themed!

Paula Moen and Kathy Gleeson are the market masterminds. As the space behind The Vintage Inn was ripe for some community development, Kathy’s idea was in the works since last Christmas, but finally came to fruition this July with the first market. Barbara Burke and her business BBpapercuts occupied one of the stalls She said “I’m here because I just want people to get to know me because I am a local artist. I make gifts for weddings and christenings and birthdays, I can make anything on commission. I make it all in the front

room of my home. I’ve been doing this for a year and a half. I’m a designer by trade but I wanted a change, I wanted something more creative and I developed my maps and fell in love with the craft. There used to be a market in Sandymount, but it is gone now, so it is nice to have a local market again.” Kathy Mooney is another crafter on display. It was her third time attending and her stall was a riot of colour, with ceramic foxes sitting quite well behaved next to a flock of glazed hens. She has quite a variety of good-value gifts from cute tea bag holders, tea light towers and fairy doors for your back garden. Kathy said “I found out about the market when my son-in-law sent me the link on my facebook page and then I decided to try it. I have a stall at the Flea Market in Newmarket Square, too. I have a shed in the back garden and I go down every day and I make my things. I didn’t study anything, I’m self-taught. I loved art and

I started to experiment with clay and loved that also.” Paula Moen herself is a creator and illustrator, she explains “I do it for my bread and butter but then I do illustration to keep me sane. I collect vintage plates from various places and I illustrate initials on them with a sharpie marker. Sometimes I bake the sharpie onto the plate, other times I have to use a varnish spray because the plate may be too delicate. I have had local people knock on my door and say they craft at home and ask should they bring it along and I always say yes.” So if you have a secret life of

craft and want to get out there and show off your creations, The Best Little Market may be the place for you. Whether it is knitting you did in front of the television or a wooden bowl you turned in your shed, there is a stall for you, just remember to bring along a business card! The next dates for Best Little Market are Sunday 12th November and Sunday 3rd December, email for info bestlittlemarket17@gmail.com Left, beautiful gold leaf port map and below, animal tags, both at the Vintage Inn. Photos by Kathrin Kobus