Culture Night 2014



Open Circle on Culture Night 2014

Social Fabric: Portraits of Kilkenny Women: Exhibition, Talk & Workshops

Design Centre, Castle Yard, Kilkenny

19th September, 1pm -9pm



Open Circle Arts invites you to a join our creative community of women on Culture Night at the Design Centre, in the Castle Yard. The day will be a celebration of creativity and community. In focus on the day will be our on-going collaborative textile project Social Fabric: Portraits of Kilkenny Women. An exhibition of hand embroidered portraits; photographs and film will showcase the project in its entirety.

We invite women who are interested in taking part to book a place on one of our workshops, and with the support and guidance of textile artist Deirdre Harte begin their own portrait.

Click here to find out more about Social Fabric

1pm -3pm, Textile Workshop with Deirdre Harte (Booking essential)

4pm – 6pm, Textile Workshop with Deirdre Harte (Booking essential)


6.30pm -7.30pm Talk,

Why join or form a creative group?

Sheila Jordan, Textile Artist & Filament Fiber Artist member

Are you interested in being apart of a creative group or setting up your own? Open Circle Community Arts is just one of many different ways individuals can access the opportunity to be creative in a supportive environment.

Whether you are already a member of a group and are thinking ‘’What’s next?’’ or are interested in seeing what the different options are in your community and beyond for getting involved in the arts, we invite you to join Open Circle on Culture Night to be inspired.

Open Circle Community Arts welcomes Sheila Jordan textile artist and member of Filament Fiber Artists to speak on Culture Night. This presentation aims to inspire and encourage individuals with creative interests of all levels to join or set up their creative communities.

Taking Filament Fiber Artists as one example of how a creative group functions and supports each other, Sheila will bring us on a journey from Filament’s inception through to how they function today and how the group is ever evolving and responding to the changing needs of it’s members.

Open Circle has commissioned this talk with support from Culture Night 2014.

About Filament Fibre Artists

Filament Fibre Artists is a group of eight Textile Artists based in Ireland and was founded in 2007. The members of Filament Fibre Artists come from a variety of backgrounds from textiles, ceramics and fine art to self taught experts in traditional skills. They met while taking a City and Guilds course in stitched textiles.

The individual artists found that working together in studio and drawing on the energy and motivation this produced yielded great results for all its participants and so when they completed the course in 2007 they founded Filament Fibre Artists aiming to provide mutual creative support and to promote fibre arts through exhibitions and workshops.

Filament Fibre Artists members now meet regularly to present work-in-progress, discuss techniques, approaches and innovation in fibre arts, to invite feedback and share advice. This has proved invaluable to its members who have now been working together for several years.

About Sheila Jordan

Sheila Jordan is a fibre artist working mainly in felt, she finds that the ancient art of felt making offers respite in the fast-moving virtual world of technology we inhabit today.  It provides the opportunity to slow down and work in a very tactile way, laying down fibres, working with her hands and simple tools to create pieces that communicate in an instinctive way, with the emphasis on colour and visual harmony.

Her work is a journey of experimentation and expression, responding to the fragility and timelessness of our landscape and the human form.  She is interested in the delicate balance in nature, the colour and patterns found in the everyday landscape; the passage of time and what we leave behind.






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