Irish Design 2015 programmes a diverse and exciting range of family design workshops, which explore the current exhibitions through playful experimentation with materials, techniques and ideas. On the second and last Saturday of every month we invite young makers and their families to the Design Hub in Dublin Castle, to take part in hands-on design and crafting workshops which begins with a tour of the gallery, specially designed to get you in the mood for creating.
As part of our St Patrick's Festival celebrations, this Family Day we will be explore hurling balls – sliotars. Leather and textile designer Gabi McGrath will guide us in designing and making our own Silotar inspired textile balls. Traditionally, sliotars were made of plaited animal hair by young women and given to young hurlers for Mayday celebrations. To give the ball bounce and to travel the distance, modern sliotars are leather with a cork insert, in a similar pattern to tennis balls. We start by examining the tennis ball felt cut-outs in our In The Making exhibition to figure out how it is made. Then, inspired by the sliotar, Gabi will guide children and families through designing and making your own individual stitched ball.
These 60 minute hand-on workshops are designed for children of five and over, along with parents/guardians. Places are limited, to book your place email: designhub@IrishDesign2015.ie.