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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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News Flash!! A new “art” addition to the Wild Atlantic Way tour!

In addition to our regular itinerary, we are delighted to announce that the Wild Atlantic Way tour will now also include an opportunity to sketch and paint with Dennis Robertson, watercolor artist, who will be joining us on the tour October 8-15. We will also be encouraging frequent photography sessions in this stunning landscape! See the details by clicking below!

Wild Atlantic Way Art Tour October 8-15, 2015

Ireland's Western Seaboard

Ireland’s Western Seaboard

Culloo Rocks and St Brendans well (8)

Culloo Rocks


View from Healy PAss

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The Artistry of The Book of Kells

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One cannot help but be amazed at the intricacy, artistry, and beauty of the illuminated manuscripts in the exhibit at Trinity College. Several illustrated books of psalms and gospels are displayed, and on my tours in Ireland I always make it a point to guide people through the exhibit, pointing out the steps involved in bookbinding, mixing  pigments, calligraphy, and creating quill pens. The intricate Celtic knotwork designs, depictions of monks patiently transcribing, and the glorious hues of lapis lazuli, crimson and gold all create page after page of stunning artistry.

Some of the items created for personal adornment  or religious rituals echo the same design mastery as in these pieces:

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To read more about the Book of Kells see this link:


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