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Fiber art and Eco-printing in Ireland with Nicola Brown workshop


Fiber Art in Ireland with Nicola Brown :The Art of Eco Printing    September 10-16, 2017

JoinLough Currane (13) us for an Irish experience and art retreat with textile artist Nicola Brown in County Carlow, Ireland! An accomplished felt maker, Nicola has also researched and developed a beautiful line of “eco printed” textiles and clothing, using natural materials from the hedgerow, kitchen, gardens and woods surrounding her home. Once gathered, this vegetation is bundled in silk, wool or handmade felt and processed in well water to extract beautiful colour and prints.  Participants will discover dscn0532techniques, tips and processing methods, and can expect to create a variety of pieces during the week. This workshop is for anyone interested in learning the methods Nicola uses to achieve consistent and substantive prints on protein based fabric using a selection of local or easy to find natural vegetation (while enjoying the Irish countryside, food and culture!). These prints will be achieved in a simple and environmentally friendly way. Nicola is a renowned teacher, and has taught extensively on several continents. To learn more about her, and to see her at work, click on this video link:

Learn more about Nicola, read her blog, and view her artwork at  Expect an amazing workshop! There is also an “add-on” tour available in and near Dublin following the workshop.

See the full brochure here: fiber-art-and-ecoprinting-tour-2017

Contact your tour leader Joan Slack at with questions …we hope you can join us! Space is limited to 8 people so sign up soon!

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Ireland Through its People, our Authentic Way of Travel

While the beauty, mystery and power of the Irish landscape is compelling, learning about a country through its people comCloon Lough (12)pletes the perfect trip. On our tours we try to make sure that you will have time to absorb the places we visit- the mountains, glens, seascapes, winding trails and green vistas.
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One of our teachers, Margaret Cunningham, who will be teaching in Glencolmcille

It is also our goal for you to meet, work with and enjoy conversation with Irish people. Om so many of our tours, this has been the one resounding thing that people have said was a highlight! Beautiful places remain in our memory, as well as the human connection between cultures. On our June trip, you will also have the opportunity, if you choose, to engage with artists in Ireland and work together in creative space. No experience is necessary, and you will be guaranteed an authentic and life changing experience! See all of the tour details on this site ( under Ireland tours: Our Wooly Adventure along the Wild Atlantic Way. Please feel free to call with any questions!

Feltmaking and Bridget's Crosses, a traditional fiber art

Feltmaking and Bridget’s Crosses, a traditional fiber art

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Exploring art with travel

As a traveler, tour leader, teacher and visual artist, I have always found my art to be inspired by my travels, and my travels inspired by art. 10 years ago when I was completing my Master’s Degree, I spent numerousDSCF2872 semesters in Ireland and Scotland, visiting hidden places and fairy glens with local guides, and absorbing the rich artwork, symbolism and beauty of Irish art through the ages. I would often come back to Wisconsin, and in my studio find ways to explore the imagery and experiences through sculpture, drawing, fiber art and mixed media. JM Slack- 02-2008  -  -7.tifFor example, the raven is a symbol of many things in Celtic tales, and a powerful one at that. Shape shifter, messenger, Morrigan- all of the stories and connections of the bird played with my imagination, and led to many series of artwork like the example here in clay and fiber.

DSCF4626I love combining realism with fantasy or magical landscape, and often incorporate birds, as I see them as messengers and symbols of freedom through flight. the magical qualities of ravens have been noted in stories in cultures around the world. I have created many ceramic sculptures using this symbol to explore the ideas I have read about.JM Slack- 02-2008  -  -1

As I began to lead tours, especially those with an emphasis on hands-on art making, I realized that this is the perfect combination of activities, and I am passionate about sharing all that I have learned and experienced (including those hidden places!) with people. Translating the travel experience into art while on the tours is an experience that truly changes us and I hope to share this with you in the upcoming tours.  DSCF7253

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