Wicklow Enterprise Board - Training Courses for small businesses Autumn 2014 - Book now!

We are pleased to let you know that all of our Business & IT Training Courses for the Autumn 2014 season are now live on our website www.localenterprise.ie/wicklow

Great courses like:  Costing & Pricing for Craftspeople, Tax & VAT for Start Up Businesses, Product Design & Branding for Craftspeople, Start Your Own Business Course, Social Media for Your Business - Beginners and many more.


So, take a look at the direct links below to our booking & payment pages.
You can pay online with credit/debit card (or call us on 0404 30800 if this option doesn’t suit you).

We look forward to seeing you at some of our events this coming season!

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Starting out - setting up a fair!

Firstly….your reputation is everything!!!

Do it right the first time, cut no corners, put in as much effort as you possible can, advertise in every way possible, be fair and loyal to the stand holders and then hope for the best!

If you have the intention of making money in every way possible then everyone fails.

If you start with the attitude that growing a business and reputation is your goal and  you look after the stand holders as well as your customers, making sure there is variety and quality available to buy and a fair amount of stand holders with different products then you have a good basis to start from.

Never over-crowd an item (i.e. 6 jewellery/candle sellers out of 20 stands) it is boring for your customer as everything seems to be the same, and your stand holders are not going to sell well as people buying jewellery/candles on the day are spreading their funds over a large number of people.

ADvertise, ADvertise, ADvertise you can not do this enough!

Customers in the door bring a good atmosphere, good sales for your stand holders and the best way to advertise your next venture.

The products on the day need to be of good quality and not unrealistic prices, so ask your potential stand holders to send you images/prices of their work.  If they are ready to sell professionally then they will manage this no problem.


Have your venue, stand holders, advertising and paperwork in order a couple of days before your event.  It leaves room for any unexpected hiccups.

(I recommend that stand holders pay for their space in advance, people not turning up on the day is less likely once they have paid.  When the doors open to the public, it is disheartening to other stand holders and customers to see empty tables, a quick reshuffle makes the place more inviting)

Music….it brings a happy feeling and mood to any event!

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Starting out….selling at Fairs!

You may find my site of use:

The best thing to do is just start.
Find a fair and once you have been accepted then I would recommend having a variety in your price range.  Always an expensive piece as you never know who will walk in the door…it also shows that you are able to make commission pieces and shows your worth.
I always have some pocket money pieces, these are easy for someone to buy on impulse and can be your bread and butter for the day, paying for your stand and hopefully a bit more.

You will learn as you go, what sells, what is most popular, what people pick up and put down quickly when they find out the price!  or what sells out quickly because it is price perfect and appealing to the customer.
It is really up to you, if you find nothing moves but people compliment everything ask them, is the price what you expected etc.  You are there in front of your customers, have the guts to ask their advise!

The recession is a hard place to sell items that are not ‘necessary’ so if you can possibly make pieces that have a need, like a clock, candle holder, advertise as a beautiful and unique wedding gift, gift wrapped and ready to go, home ware, something to wear etc.

People want something that can benefit their lives or make them feel good, and its up to you to make that happen.

Everyone will have their own experience and just getting out there is the best way to learn what you need to do next.

Best of Luck

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Patchwork quilt making class in Carlow- starting September 2014

Tomomi McElwee of Slaney HandCraft has opened a patchwork quilt studio in Co. Carlow. There you can purchase ready-made quilts or order a custom-made quilt, buy a selection of cotton fabric and accessories for quilt making or join a class.

Since establishing her studio earlier this year, Tomomi has been teaching a weekly drop-in class on Wednesday mornings and is now taking bookings for a six weeks Autumn course for beginners starting 9th of September.

In this six week course you will learn all the basics of quilt making:

·         Rotary cutting

·         Machine stitching

·  Block building

·  Sashing

·         Quilting by Machine

·         Adding Border

·         Binding off

Time and Date : From 9th September to 14th October on Tuesdays, for six weeks, 7p.m. - 9p.m.

Place        : Slaney HandCraft Studio in Rathvilly, Co Carlow

Fee         : €75.00 (deposit €25.00 required)

For further detail, please contact to Tomomi on 085-7749774.

Email:  slaneyhandcraft@gmail.com


P.S. Do feel free to join the Wednesday morning class if the time suits better!

About Tomomi:

Tomomi has won a number of prizes at the All Ireland open quilt competition and has been teaching quilt making in Carlow for several years. She is registered with Design Craft Council of Ireland (formerly Craft Council of Ireland) as a quilt maker and ETB Kilkenny and Carlow (formerly VEC) as a quilt teacher.

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Craft Fest 2014 - Friday 15th to Sunday 17th August 2014 - Strangford, Co Down


Issued on behalf of the Craft & Design Collective    www.craftanddesigncollective.com

Contact  Jan Irwin  Tel  +44(0)28 9032 9342   Mob  0779 327 9161   Email   info@craftanddesigncollective.com



An Annual Celebration of Craft, Applied Art and Design at Castle Ward, Strangford, County Down

Friday 15 August, 1pm to 5.30pm

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 August, 10.30am to 5.30pm

Why not head to Castle Ward on the sumptuous shores of Strangford Lough?  It couldn’t be a more idyllic setting for a 3-day extravaganza of all things Craft.

CRAFT FEST is a Craft Festival that includes a Craft Fair, a Craft Exhibition, Craft Demonstrations, a Craft Project and Craft Workshops.

The only things that the exhibitors have in common is quality and individuality AND you get to meet and buy work directly from the talented people who made it.


Throughout the weekend

• Be tempted by gorgeous jewellery and fabulous fashion and interior accessories at the Craft Fair.

• Be inspired by an exhibition of Craft, Applied Art and Design, ‘In The House’.  Selected pieces will be exhibited in the fabulous surroundings of the 18th century mansion.

• Be entertained by demonstrations of Craft, Applied Art and Design.

• Marvel at the results of MAK9’s Collaboration Project.  6 Artists will work together to create artworks/interventions within the immediate environment using materials found at Castle Ward.

• Meet some of the next generation of Artist|Designer|Makers.  2 recent graduates from the Belfast School of Art at the University of Ulster have been selected to be Artists-In-Residence.

• Get involved by booking yourself, and/or your children onto one of the workshops.

Full Programme on the website

There are limited workshop places available so you must book in advance.

For further information, or to book a place on one of the workshops, please contact Craft & Design Collective  Tel +44 (0)28 9032 9342  Email info@craftanddesigncollective.com


All this and Castle Ward, a wonderful, slightly eccentric house, set in a beautiful estate on the shores of Strangford Lough in County Down.

There is a Tea Room and the house and estate are open for everyone to see, use and enjoy.

• Free Entry to House (Ground Floor Only)

• Tea Room

• Second Hand Bookshop

• Adventure Playground

Children can visit the Farmyard where special summer activities include,The Barn, Ride on Tractors, Animal enclosure, Bike Hire Available.


Castle Ward is owned by the National Trust.

Normal National Trust Admission Charges Apply / National Trust Members Free Tel +44 (0)28 4488 1204 Email castleward@nationaltrust.org.uk or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-ward/ 

From Downpatrick take the A25 to Strangford, Castle Ward is signposted from Downpatrick and Strangford.


CRAFT FEST, now in its 11th year, is organised by the Craft & Design Collective in partnership with the National Trust, Castle Ward.

CRAFT FEST is supported by The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

CRAFT FEST is part of August Craft Month 2014.  For more information about August Craft Month go to www.craftni.org/augustcraftmonth

About the Craft & Design Collective

The Craft & Design Collective is an independent membership organisation formed in 1997 by Artist|Designer|Makers for Artist|Designer|Makers.

We are dedicated to the promotion, representation, understanding and development of Craft, Applied Art and Design in Northern Ireland and beyond…

Visit our website for further information about us, our members, and the events that we organise www.craftanddesigncollective.com

The Craft & Design Collective is supported by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.


About Space CRAFT

Space CRAFT is a Shop, Gallery and Exhibition Area, owned and managed by the Craft & Design Collective that sells ‘lovely stuff’ made by local Artist|Designer|Makers.

Buying ‘lovely stuff’ from us directly supports local Artist|Designer|Makers.

Space CRAFT is designed to enable the sale of work by emerging and established Artist|Designer|Makers.

Space CRAFT is a non-profit taking social economy enterprise managed by the Craft & Design Collective.

Space CRAFT is a focal point for the commissioning, exhibition, promotion and sale of Craft, Applied Art and Design.


Be Original, Buy Original!

Craft & Design Collective
9b The Fountain Centre
College Street

T 028 9032 9342
M 0779 327 9161
E info@craftanddesigncollective.com
W craftanddesigncollective.com

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Art Competition - The Picture Works 2014

The Picture Works Annual Art Competition 2014 is back!

If you are an artist, illustrator, photographer, designer or just like to be creative, email your entry to artcompetition@thepictureworks.com

Students, amateurs and professionals all welcome! We have fantastic prizes for the winners! A sure-fire way of getting your work noticed using our medias.

- 1st prize - City Card (www.thepictureworks.com/citycards/) and i-site poster campaign (www.i-site.com).
- The People’s Choice Award - Runners up are judged by the public on our facebook page in August and receive a City Card campaign.

For more details see our website - http://thepictureworks.com/art-competition-2014/

The Picture Works is a boutique, eco-friendly printing company specialising in printing postcards and greeting cards for artists and entrepreneurs.

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Shibori Felt Workshop - Friday August 22nd 2014 - Dingle, Co Kerry

Shibori Workshop – Ancient techniques, Contemporary designs in Felt making

We will experiment with a range of ‘shibori’ techniques that can be applied to felt to create striking three-dimensional effects in your felted fabric. The main focus is on experimentation and discovery.

Inspired by beauty in simple form, Nessa’s style brings together her love and fascination of the natural world and felt making in sculptural form.

Nessa has been exploring and teaching shibori and nuno felting techniques in her more recent works and is particularly interested in the contemporary approach of binding metal pieces with delicate fibres such as silk and lace with wool.

This workshop is suitable for beginner to advanced felt-makers of all levels

One day workshop on Friday August 22nd ,10:30 am to 4:30 pm, in Dingle, Co. kerry, cost €75

Contact Nessa McCormack at nessamccormack@gmail.com086 6022511makefelt.com.

To reserve a spot and get supply list

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Email me all the details as you would like them seen on this site, to:


(no charge and you can send as many updates as you like)

Karen Harper

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Craft Fair - 9th November - Rosses Point, Sligo

Sunday, 9th November in Sligo - at the lovely Radisson Hotel in Rosses Point.

Tables are €25 including table provided and tea/coffee for stall holders on the day.



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Summer Fishing Exhibition - Wexford - ends 9th September 2014


just dropping you a quick email to let you know about a new venture that i have set up in Newtownmountkennedy that may be of interest to some of your members

its called The Creation Room and is located within Fishers in Newtownmountkennedy

we have space for up to about 20 artists, photographers and crafters and each month we change it all around and bring in new exhibitors.

it is running for the last three months and has sparked up a lot of interest locally

i have enclosed a brief explanation of where it came from and how it works

if any of your members are interested they can contact me on this email address or on my mobile 0872584144

many thanks

Jody Connaughton





An exhibition of paintings and other works by Mary Wallace

25th July to 9th September 2014

Meet The Artist Sunday 3rd August 2.30pm to 4.30 pm

The Cockleshell Gallery,

Duncannon Fort,


County Wexford.

The sea has been a recurrent theme in Wallace’s work. On this occasion she  paints shoals of mackerel, bass and jellyfish. Her fish are vibrant and full of movement- the quicksilver gleam of mackerel as they dart and dive contrasting with the deliberate slow passage of bass disguising the latent powerful energy of that fighting fish. The jellyfish are whimsical, capricious and delightful.

Mary Wallace’s mixed media works display an exuberant response to nature as she captures the sensory essence of her subject. Experimenting with a wide range of media including paint, beeswax and egg tempera, Wallace incorporates a visual exposition of colour and texture into her painting to distill the intrinsic elements of the natural world.

“There is so much of the exotic in everyday life. I want to bring that increased awareness and sensual connection associated with a meditative state of mind to ordinary things.”

A new development in The Cockleshell Gallery calendar is the Meet The Artist session. This is an opportunity to meet the artist, see them at work, speak to them about their ideas and inspiration. On Sunday 3rd August Mary will be in the gallery from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

Mary Wallace lives and works in Wexford and has exhibited extensively in solo and group shows since 2001. She was appointed as a Heritage Specialist by the Heritage Council in January 2010 and is a member of the panel of Community Artists in Wexford.

Gallery hours:     Open daily 10am to 5pm closing for lunch from 1pm to 2pm.
              Closed Saturdays and Mondays.  Open all Bank Holiday weekends.

Contact details:

Mary Wallace




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