With two month long craft festivals filled with workshops and talks happening at either end of the country this month, and the opening of the wonderful Nine Lives in Kilkenny, fresh from London Festival of Architecture, there's lots to keep you occupied this rainy August.

If you're traveling around the country, keep an eye out for the incredible Bus Éireann Expressway coaches on inter-city routes around Ireland, celebrating Irish design. A collaboration between ID2015 and Bus Eireann Expressway, the first three on the road are by renowned chef and food designer Kevin Thornton, celebrated fashion, homeware and accessories designer Orla Kiely and graphic artist MASER. Coaches adorned with the work of landscape and garden designer Diarmuid Gavin, Samuel Beckett Bridge designers Roughan & O’Donovan, and Oscar-nominated animation studio Brown Bag Films will roll out over the coming weeks. 

Read on for the full scoop on what's on this month from the ID2015 programme. 


Celebrate Your Local Design Hero

8th August: Make your way to Borris Library, Co. Carlow, for an introduction to the basics of eco printing on felt, using gathered vegetation from along the River Barrow. All day, starting at 10am. To book, call 059 912 9703 or 059 977 1605.

12th and 13th August: Two workshops for children, exploring the story of Cavan Crystal, culminating in designing a glass trophy and window. From 11am to 1pm. To book, call 042 966 5779.

19th, 25th and 26th August: In Laois County Library, Portlaoise, celebrate the traditional and unique Quaker craft of Mountmellick Work in these free embroidery workshops for beginners. Click here for booking details.


Design Sessions

15th August: Jewellery designer Arturo Borrego creates many individual components in wood with his desktop CNC router, to experiment with forms and designs before making in precious metals. Explore some of the capabilities of laser cutting in this workshop at the ID2015 Design Hub, from 2pm. Book here.

29th August: Develop creative, contemporary textiles under the direction of award winning fashion designer Rebecca Marsden. Play with pleats, tuck and fold techniques and experiment to create unique structural forms and textiles. No experience required. At the ID2015 Design Hub, from 2pm. Book here.



1st August: 7 Hands is a week-long exhibition showcasing the work of artists inspired by the landscape and materials of West Cork, celebrating seven different crafts using seven different materials and techniques. At the Haugaard Gallery, Ballydehob until August 8th.

5th August: The annual RDS National Craft Awards showcase and reward excellence in Irish craft. On display throughout the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show, come and discover the best in contemporary Irish craft. For details on opening times and tickets, click here.

7th August: Why do humans like to keep and reveal secrets and why are we attracted to mysteries and puzzles? When are secrets a good thing and who has the right to keep them? How do emerging technologies protect or undermine privacy? What secrets should never be revealed and where is more transparency needed? SECRET is an international exhibition at Science Gallery Dublin that will explore the social and technological aspects of secrecy, particularly the future of surveillance, espionage and privacy. Until November 1st.

8th August: Nine Lives, curated by Emmett Scanlon for Irish Design 2015, presents the work of nine emerging Irish architectural practices who are gaining a national and international reputation in the craft of architecture. Opening at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny on 8th August as part of Kilkenny Arts Festival 2015, Nine Lives runs until 27th September 2015. See the full programme of Nine Lives events here, and keep and eye on the ID2015 Instagram account for a takeover by curator Emmett Scanlon.

14th August: In the Name of the Costume explores costume design in Irish cinema from the iconic My Left Foot to more contemporary productions such as Calvary, Garage and Song of the Sea. Exploring the costume design methods and sources used including vintage shops, costume makers, tailors and family heirlooms, this unique exhibition positions costume as a fundamental tool which helps the actor inhabit his or her character, as well as signalling time and place within the storyline. At the Little Museum of Dublin until October 13th.

28th August: Green Door Leitrim is a weekend exhibition of rural architecture and design of homes that incorporate sustainable features and ways of living. It’s a chance to see inside homes, and to meet the homeowners, architects, designers and builders behind the restorations, extensions and new builds; it is a weekend where we are encouraged to look at our built environment, our local, inherited and new built vernacular and consider its impact on our lives and landscape. Find out more here.


Family Days

8th and 9th August: Build, make and explore a magical city using light, paper and fabric. Come on a creative journey through this magical handmade cityscape with artists Órla Kelly and Deirdre Rogers. This is a drop-in workshop from 1pm at the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, as part of Nine Lives.

11th to 13th August: Free architecture inspired kids workshops as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Book by calling into Kilkenny Arts Festival box office.

15th August: In Arturo Borrego’s Jigsaw Jewellery kids workshop, part of Fresh Talent, learn how Arturo creates his brilliant brooches by first cutting out wooden shapes and jigsawing his pattern together before making it in silver and ebony. At the ID2015 Design Hub from 10:30am. Book here.

29th August: Ever wondered what fashion of the future will look like? Award winning designer Rebecca Marsden will inspire you with some of her futuristic designs, then let your imagination lead you in creating new and exciting fabrics for future fashion. At the ID2015 Design Hub from 10:30am as part of Fresh Talent. Book here.



August Craft Month: August Craft Month is an annual celebration of contemporary craft in Northern Ireland. With a vast programme of events, including talks, exhibitions and workshops taking place at over 40 locations throughout Northern Ireland, there’s lots to see. Take a look at the programme here.

Cork Craft Month: Now in its sixth year, Cork Craft Month is a 30 day celebration of all things craft in the county of Cork. The diverse programme takes in exhibitions, workshops and demos, pop-up shops, the Made in Cork trail, and open studios, giving visitors the chance to fully experience the skill and imagination that Cork's craftspeople boast, from idea through process to the final creation. For the full programme of events, click here.



Throughout August: Brown Thomas has launched its fifth year of CREATE, a celebration of Irish innovation and design showcasing the best of Irish design talent. As part of this annual event, visitors can meet the makers and find out more about their process and the different stages of the work. Meet and greet events will take place in both the Dublin and Cork Brown Thomas stores until August 16th. See the full schedule here.

6th August: Michelle Douglas joins us for this edition of Design Bites at the ID2015 Design Hub, to discuss design driving economic growth. Currently conducting PhD research at University of Ulster into the eco-systems of small design driven practices, her research aims to review and evaluate how cultural influences, behaviours and tacit habits within the design industry affect processes of production, collaborative working, work ethos and innovation levels. From 1:15pm to 1:45pm.

8th August: Join Nine Lives curator Emmet Scanlon in conversation with guests at the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, followed by the official opening of the exhibition at 4pm.

11th August: A talk on 'Occupation and Craft in Architecture' followed by Q&A with Emmett Scanlon (Nine Lives curator), Nathalie Weadick (director of the Irish Architecture Foundation and Advisor to ID2015) and selected architects from the Nine Lives exhibition. At the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny from 5.30pm.

20th August: Join Jonny Campbell as he discusses BrewBot: The Beer Brewing Robot, monitored and controlled by a smartphone app. The Belfast based team launched it on Kickstarter in September 2013, after successfully secured it's funding, they were selected to join the Techstars accelerator programme in Austin, Texas to develop their business. Part of the Fresh Talent Design Bites series at the ID2015 Design Hub. From 1:15 to 1:45pm.

29th August: Fashion historian Ruth Griffin will bring you on a saunter through the centuries to discover the historical style of the different quarters of Dublin. Find out more about the places where our most important fashion designers lived and worked, our trend-setting residents and the histories behind the city's premier shopping streets, Georgian Squares, the rag-trade and Dublin’s textile districts in this Lost Fashion History of Dublin tour. Happening from 10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 4pm. Book here.


Trade Show

16th to 19th August: 23 of Ireland’s leading designers and craftspeople are exhibiting at NY NOW in New York this August, a trade fair that attracts over 25,000 retail buyers from all over the US each year. Click here for more details on the companies exhibiting, and here for tickets.



8th August: Game designer and lecturer Owen Harris leads a hands-on workshop exploring the mysterious world of game design. In this workshop Owen will show you how to tackle the design of a game in an easy-to-follow series of bite-size chunks. From 10am to 5pm, find out more here.

15th August: A hands-on workshop focusing on the wonder mineral that is salt. Jette Virdi will guide you through the different methods of producing salt as well as getting your hands involved with different creations from scrubs to rubs. At The Mart, Rathmines from 10.30am. Book here.



Words by Alex Calder.

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