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The Lily Lolly Craft Festival 2020

The Lily Lolly Craft Festival 2020

The legacy of sisters Elizabeth and Susan Yeats inspired Sligo Craftworkers to organise this craft festival for the first time in 2011. The festival provides opportunities to take part in a wide range of craft and design activities through a series of craft workshops, master classes, talks and exhibitions. It takes place annually from June 13th - 23rd in association with Yeats Day. St. Angela’s College in association with the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland have specially commissioned several online video demonstrations of textile crafts for this year’s festival.  

Sligo Designer Rebecca Marsden, a graduate of the Royal college of Art specialising in Fashion knitwear will give a video demonstration of ‘Japanese Bookbinding with Printed Textiles’ combining block printing with traditional bookbinding techniques to create your own textile bound notebooks and a ‘Steam Shibori’ video demonstrating how to create exciting structural fabric with no dye whatsoever to create your own 3D textiles for scarf and headband designs that you can create at home.

Following on from her MA Rebecca was selected for the Santoni Pioneer program in Shanghai to further develop her knowledge and understanding of circular and seamless knitting applications. In recent years Rebecca has worked in an educational capacity, lecturing part time in Textiles, Fashion and Design in St. Angela’s College.  
Keeping it local, Strandhill based handbag and leather accessory designer Ana Faye who also lectures part time in St. Angela’s College has made specially commissioned videos of ‘Upcycling Denim Jeans into a Dress' and ‘Making a Tote Bag from a Pair of Jeans’. 
These will all be aired on the Lily Lolly Facebook page between the 13th and the 23rd of June in association with St Angela's and the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland.  

Additionally, the Lily Lolly Crfatfest will celebrate the vast creative talent we have in the Northwest on the Facebook page by doing an online featured Female Artists section. Every day during this year’s festival we will profile a female artist based in the Northwest. 

The Hamilton Gallery will host an exhibition of over 100 artists’ response to the WB Yeats poem ‘Among School Children’. This was opened on the 13th of June and will be open to the public with Government Covid19 social distancing guidelines. This will also be available to view online and will have a catalogue of the work for sale.  

Watch out on the Lily LollyCraftfest  Facebook page for further details. We aim to keep people busy making and enjoying textile and design craftwork during the ongoing restrictions.

Block Printed Notebook

Shibori Workshop

Upcycled Jeans Dress

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