Second Skin | Clonmel | Programme of events

7.11.2015 –

Design & Crafts Council of Ireland

Curator’s Tour in Conversation 7 November, 5.30pm

An introduction to Second Skin with curator Louise Allen, in conversation with some of the commissioned designers. This will be followed by the exhibition launch at 6.30pm by Eddie Shanahan, an international business and product development consultant for the fashion, craft and retail sectors and Chairperson of the Council of Irish Fashion Designers.


Saturday Sewing Sessions 8 and 22 November, 6 December, 17 and 24 January, 10am-2pm

Make a garment from a pattern with Joan Brennan, fashion designer and educator. These guided making sessions will teach the basics of working with a pattern, cutting, pinning, shaping, sewing and finishing your garment, equipping participants with new skills and giving them the confidence to make their own garment from scratch. Participants are welcome to bring their own sewing machine or work from the shared machines. €15 per participant - booking required. Email: – NOW FULLY BOOKED


Studio Floor: Access to Studio Space, 7 November - 25 January

Throughout the Second Skin exhibition, Gallery 1 is offered as a drop-in studio where fashion designers, textile artists and sewing enthusiasts can come in and make garments. Patterns are provided, or individuals can work on their own projects. A suite of sewing machines, as well as overlockers and a buttonhole machine, will be available to competent users. There’s also the chance to learn more about ethical fashion by browsing the available reading library and video tutorials. Full and half day studio slots are available throughout the exhibition run. To reserve a slot, email with preferred dates and level of experience in using sewing machinery.


Kilkenomics Event: Second Skin - The Economics of Fashion, 8 November, 4.15pm - 5.30pm

Venue: Cleere’s, Parliament Street, Kilkenny
The global fashion industry is worth US$1.3 trillion. It is one of the biggest industries and employers in developing countries. It consumes an unimaginable and unsustainable amount of natural resources on an annual basis. It is addictive, sexy and subject to enormous advertising spending. Fashion gets into heads as well as into pockets, but do ethics have a place in fashion economics? Is it the ultimate symbol of the gap between rich and poor, or can it be a force for good?

Contributors: Eleanor Tiernan, Peter Antonioni, Jennifer Rothwell, Margot Wasz and Joanne Hynes.

Tickets: €15/€13. Event booking through


Open Circle Arts Workshops: Social Fabric, a collaborative embroidery project facilitated by Dee Harte, 20 November, 10am, 1pm and 6.30pm

Social Fabric: Portraits of Kilkenny Women is a project initiated by the women of Open Circle Arts, Co. Kilkenny. The Open Circle participants invited women from throughout Kilkenny to join them in the creation of a collaborative embroidered artwork facilitated by textile artist Dee Harte in February 2014.


Due to great demand Social Fabric has become an ongoing community project with thanks to Kilkenny Arts Office, The Department of Community and Culture (Kilkenny County Council) and International Women’s Day. The project is both collaborative and distinctly individual and has so far resulted in a collection of 60 portraits. The workshops create a space in the lives of all who take part to meet new people, chat, laugh, debate and create.


Visit Open Circle to find out more, or to book a place on a portrait workshop, email


LATE DATE: Meet the Tailor with Adrian Cashin, 27 November, 6.30pm

Adrian Cashin continues the family tailoring business set up by his father and uncle, with over 120 years collective experience The Tailor's House Kilkenny has created bespoke suits for the men of Kilkenny for the best part of a century. Adrian shows us some of this family archive of patterns dating back from the 1920s and talks us through the process of a creating a bespoke suit. He explains what sets a tailored suit apart from the crowd and gives the gentlemen some tips to keep your suits in great shape.


Family Day: Fairytales in Stitch with Caroline Schofield 13 December, 10.30am and 12 noon (Children’s event)

Join textile artist Caroline Schofield for a morning of stories and stitch. Caroline will share with the children how she collaborated with fashion designer Natalie B Coleman in designing fabric for the Second Skin project. Taking inspiration from this piece the children will collaborate to create a group textile piece that will stay in the gallery for the duration of the Second Skin exhibition. Suitable for children aged 5 – 13 years old, but all the family is welcome to stay and take part.

Booking through 056 9677151 or email


LATE DATE: Up-cycle Jumper Jam, 18 December, 6.30pm

Bring along a jumper in need of a fresh look and put your stitching skills to good use to up-cycle it into the ultimate festive accessory – a hand finished Christmas jumper. Learn embroidery and appliqué techniques that will help you make your jumper stand out from the crowd. Make a date with a friend, bring an old jumper to re-design, while the NCG provides the sparkle, threads, festive music and refreshments.


Family Day: Second Skin Children’s Studio Session, 10 January, 10.30am and 12 noon

The Second Skin Studio Floor is throwing open its doors for the morning and inviting children to become designers and makers. Taking inspiration from the exhibition, children will design their own unique wearable garment from an old piece of clothing. Add, subtract, stitch, rip or twist to create a one-of-a-kind piece of fashion. Children will be supervised in using the tools on offer on the Second Skin Studio Floor. Suitable for children aged 5 – 13 years old and parents are encouraged to stay for this session.

Booking through 056 9677151 or email


Masterclass: Twisted Layers, Translating Origami Techniques in Fabric, Thursday 22 January, 2pm | €25

Award winning Irish Fashion Designers Natalie B Coleman and Ana Faye will lead a skills based intensive workshop for emerging fashion designers. Twisted Layers Masterclass will focus on translating origami techniques into 3D fabric forms. Using these new origami inspired skills, participants will be guided through transforming a plain bodice/dress shape into various intricate finished design pieces. Each participant will gain familiarity in a number of cut and sew methods as well as several different pattern-drafting approaches, which will be mastered on the day. Full details here.

Places limited, to book contact | 056 7796151

Design & Crafts Council of Ireland

The Main Guard, Clonmel

The Main Guard, Sarsfield St, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

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