It's SUMMERTIME! And don't we know it. Ireland has been basking in glorious sunshine for a couple of weeks now, and although we're no weather forecasters, we know that whatever the skies are up to we can help to bring some sunshine to your day with this packed programme of design events. Get the low-down on what's happening around the country throughout July.



3rd July: Fresh Talent is the new exhibition installed in the ID2015 Design Hub, Dublin Castle. Shining a light on some of the most creative of the new wave of emerging Irish designers, Fresh Talent, curated by Angela O'Kelly, showcases designers who have made an impact within just three years of graduating. A mix of award winning graduate projects from Ireland's universities, art and design colleges and from Irish students abroad, are shown together with a selection of designers and practitioners who are establishing their businesses. Find out more about the designers here and drop in to the ID2015 Design Hub between now and September 20th to discover the freshest talents in Irish design.

4th July: In celebration of the Irish release at the Galway Film Fleadh of Kilkenny animation studio Cartoon Saloon's highly anticipated new animation Song of the Sea, the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, presents an interactive, multi-media Song of the Sea exhibition of original drawings, prints storyboards, animation and scene realisation from this enchanting, Oscar nominated animation. Opening July 4th, the exhibition runs throughout the summer until October 11th.

10th July: PORTFOLIO: Textiles, Paper, Calligraphy will present innovative artworks by fourteen highly regarded artists, working in a centuries-old continuum.  PORTFOLIO: Textiles, Paper, Calligraphy is part of a twelve month schedule of exhibitions in the new Solomon space showcasing work from the Design & Craft Council of Ireland's PORTFOLIO programme of over 100 of Ireland’s most renowned designers and makers.

15th July: Emerge & Make is an exhibition of the 2015 graduates from the Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills & Design Course, based at the Design & Craft Council of Ireland in Kilkenny. The course focuses on the use of precious metals and gemstones and covers design, quantity production techniques and manufacture. Specialist subjects such as engraving, enamelling, gemmology, stone setting and silversmithing are taught by experts from the jewellery industry in Ireland and abroad. Curated by Dieter Rowe-Setz, Emerge & Make displays some of the finest contemporary Irish jewellery design in precious metals with almost 100 pieces of individual design on display. At the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny until August 1st.

18th July: Linen Futures is a collaborative exhibition celebrating craft and design practice based on the past, current and future landscape of Irish linen. Ten local textile oriented practitioners and ten Celtic neighbours in Wales embraced past heritage and modern style, developing novel techniques and customization including felt making, embroidery, natural dying and digital finishes. Linen Futures communicates the value of textiles, eroded through globalization, by encouraging design that emphasizes longevity, durability and the timeless quality of linen. At the R-Space Gallery, Lisburn until August 18th.



2nd July: The enlightening and thoughtful Blueprint talks series from Indigo & Cloth and Making Space continues in Indigo & Cloth, Dublin with 'Graphic Conversations' where David Wall, Aiden Grenelle and Stephen McCarthy will be discussing the ever changing and developing world of visual communications. It starts at 7pm, tickets are €5 and can be booked here

9th July: Waste Crafted as Luxury, the first Design Bites session as part of the Fresh Talent exhibition programme is with Kevin Callaghan, whose playful, architectural work comes from a series of investigations during his Masters at the Royal Collage of Art. No need to book, just come along from 1:15 – 1:45pm at the ID2015 Design Hub, Dublin Castle. For further info email us at designhub@irishdesign2015.ie.

14th July: Developing a Career in Footwear Design at Shoeniversity in Bantry discusses the specific and specialised role of shoe designer and the production process involved, demonstrating how to work in the industry, and where you need to go to develop expertise. To book, click here.

17th July: A curators talk with Dieter Rowe-Setz to enlighten and elaborate on the the wonders of Emerge & Make. At the National Craft Gallery from 6.30pm.

23rd July: In the second Design Bites talk of the Fresh Talent programme, Fred Raguillat, Head of IBM’s new Dublin Design Studio – where IBM’s designers learn, practice and teach new ways of thinking about design – talks all things IBM: Innovation, Invention and Patents. No need to book, just come along from 1:15 – 1:45pm at the ID2015 Design Hub, Dublin Castle. For further info email us at designhub@irishdesign2015.ie.

23rd July: In this months Meet the Makers, join graduates from the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills & Design Course discussing their work and enjoy live demonstrations of techniques. Free event, no booking required. At the National Craft Gallery from 6pm.

25th July: Dublin Maker is a free to attend, family friendly, community event taking place during Dublin's Festival of Curiosity – a show and tell experience where inventors and makers showcase their creations in a carnival atmosphere where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. At Trinity College Dublin from 10am.

28th July: Designing your Country Mansion: A How to Guide discusses Baroque and Palladian design influences on Castletown House and looks at British and European exemplars as well as considering Irish influences for the facades and floor plans. At 8.00 pm, Castletown House, Co. Kildare. Tea and coffee from 7.15pm, tickets €5. More information at castletown@opw.ie and 01 628 8252.


Family Days

4th July: For the first of our family fun days to tie in with Fresh Talent, we meet Sheena Flynn for a Designing Posters workshop. Sheena will share tricks of typography and illustration to create eye-catching posters so you can create your own cool, colourful poster designs. These family days are free and are at 10.30 am and 12 noon. To book email: designhub@irishdesign2015.ie.

18th July: In this second Fresh Talent family day, Press Mould Clay Shape, experiment with clay; pressing, pushing and forming shapes. Ceramic designer Ciara O'Sullivan will introduce the press moulding technique, using plaster moulds of interesting shapes to make multiple repeats of patterns and add playful details to clay shapes. ID2015 family days are free and are at 10.30 am and 12 noon. To book email: designhub@irishdesign2015.ie.

30th July: Design and make your own unique piece of jewellery with wire and beads at this fun interactive Wizard Wire and Fairy Beads workshop. At 10.30 am and 12 noon at the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny. Suitable for children from 5+. Places are free but booking is required: call 056 7796151 or email events@nationalcraftgallery.ie.



4th July: In the first of our Fresh Talent series of design sessions for adults – Creative Branding with Illustration, graphic designer and imaginative illustrator Sheena Flynn shares some tricks of the trade in creating playful illustrations for creative branding. Bring along a bottle or jar to imagine your own food or beverage brand design. This design session is free and starts at 2pm. To book email: designhub@irishdesign2015.ie.

11th July: Be guided through basic floral techniques, from caring to colour palettes in this Floral Tide workshop. With an array of blooms to work through in the workshop and lots of goodies to take away, you can hone your floral artistry while sipping on cocktails made with Irish spirits and eating nibbles. At MART, Rathmines. Tickets are €35 and available here

18th July: For the second Fresh Talent design session, learn the basics of Plaster Casting for Ceramics with designer Ciara O’Sullivan, before learning to press mould ceramics. Bring along a hand-sized, interesting object to cast. This design session is free and starts at 2pm. To book email: designhub@irishdesign2015.ie.

20 – 24th July: In Copenhagen, the four day Bodycraft – Designing for the Augmented Body workshop plays with the limits and potential of the human body and explores the frontier of biomimicry and new technologies. Led by Amanda Parkes of MIT Media Lab, this course explores evolving issues in designing for the body and how technological possibilities of extending human capabilities alters how and what we strive to design for ourselves. At the Copenhagen Institute of Interactive Design, Denmark.


Celebrate Your Local Design Hero

8th July: Celebrate your local design hero with this Pop Prints Workshop exploring the work of stained glass designer Evie Hone at Tallaght County Library, with three workshops throughout the day for all ages. Contact (01) 462 0073 to book your place for this free event.

16 and 17th July: A two day Animation and Design in Motion workshop discussing the work of local design hero Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly and workshopping the design, scripting, animation and editing of an animated piece. At Kerry Library, Killarney, from 10am.



23 – 26th July: Homegrown in Dublin, The Festival of Curiosity is one of Europe’s most exciting and innovative festivals of science, arts, culture & curious technology. This year, to coincide with ID2015, the festival will be exploring how curious technological advances and practices can shape the future and culture of design in Ireland through showcases, salons and workshops. Get the inside scoop on all their fascinating events right here.



Words by Alex Calder.

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