What’s On in 2018

Press Release for Immediate Release – 26th April, 2018. Craft Cluster “FORM” welcome creative counterparts for Innovate Development Partnership.

Official FORM Designmade in Carlow member’s photo. Not present: Jim Behan, Ariane Tobin, Nicola Brown.

On Tuesday, April 24th existing members of FORM welcomed four new
members into the craft and design collective. The four new members include:
Lina Siaudvytyte (Goldsmith), Maria Ryan (Textile Designer), Mairead
Holohan (Designer and Artist) and Breda Malone (Designer and Artist).
The FORM network consists of designer makers and craftspeople, who create
high quality home ware, gifts and wearable pieces. Collectively, FORM aims
to raise the profile of designer makers and craftspeople producing high quality
work in Carlow, promote County Carlow as a destination for high quality
design and craft and provide a forum for the exchange of views, common
objectives, collective activities, constructive criticism and feedback amongst
highly skilled designer makers and craftspeople.

Emma Jane Champley, Lina Siaudvytyte, Liga Valge.

Martin Marley and Martin Lyttle.

During 2018, the group will engage in a variety of development activities
including Consumer Experiences at Kilkenny Arts Festival, Wexford Opera
Festival, PR development and Business Development provided by Nationally
recognised Craft Trainer Aileen Duffy. As part of the Business Development
programme the group came together in the enchanting and inspirational
Lisnavagh House to take part in product familiarisation training. The training
included a series of practical workshops and discussions designed to help
makers view their own product from other perspectives and present their
product to sellers and prospective buyers. Training and Development is an
essential part of what FORM is about and helps members make the most of
sales driven projects planned for 2018. The group are acutely aware of the
importance of being equipped and knowledgeable on other makers work
within their group to increase awareness and sales opportunities for all
members. The group worked on the sharing of information such as design
processes, inspiration, techniques, packaging and presentation to
understanding the ‘essence’ of the makers themselves along with the practical
tools required to operate a sales or exhibition project.

Leiko Uchiyama, Maria Ryan and Tomomi McElwee.

Speaking about the importance of “FORM” Pauline Hoctor, Business Advisor
with the Carlow County Council’s – Local Enterprise Office “We all have an
appreciation for handcrafted, high-quality objects that have a connection with
our locality, FORM members are passionate about the work that they produce
here in County Carlow and work tirelessly to create home ware, gifts and
wearable pieces that allows the buyer to experience locally inspired and
produced craft and design.


For further information contact Pauline Hoctor – phoctor@carlowcoco.ie – 057

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