Posts Tagged With: Irish Art history

Christmas special on tours!

Hello to all of the wonderful people who have taken our tours or plan to in the future! 101_0106-001If you are considering either the Santa Fe or Ireland tours in 2016, for December we are offering a “special” Christmas gift to you . Until December 31st, apply a $100 discount to the cost of the tour. We guarantee a trip of a lifetime to both places!

Santa Fe will amaze you with its wealth of art and artists frSanta fe 2013 146om the past and present, and we will delve deeply into both as we create our own art inspired by the place and landscape.


Our Ireland tour promises to inspire as well, with stunning landscapes just begging to be translated into art! We will meet and work with Irish artists, see ancient archaeological sites, absorb the history and culture, and enjoy the camaradR1- 7erie only a small group tour can bring! Don’t miss out on this offer, contact us right away to take advantage of your Christmas gift!


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Fiber Arts in Ireland Workshop and Tour, Summer 2016!


“Starry Night” by Joan Slack

Culloo Rocks and St Brendans well (12)If you would love to travel in Ireland and also be involved in a creative fiber arts workshop, this new tour will be sure to inspire! Details will be available soon, so join our followers to receive updates, or like our Facebook page to get he latest news. OR, send Joan an e-mail at to be placed on our e-mail mailing list with full brochures sent to you. Here are some tantalizing visual ideas of what might be created in this workshop!


“Spring Melt” by Joan Slack



Tapestry by Dermot Cannon     

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This combination workshop and tour will take place along the Wild Atlantic coast in Donegal in June, and promises to be spectacular. We will visit fiber artists, work with Irish weavers, learn natural dyeing with botanicals growing in the Irish countryside. Day trips will include outings to archaeological sites, ancient pilgrimage trails and woolen mills, with stops to absorb the stunning seascapes, mountain vistas and rolling green fields. All the details will be posted here very soon! DSC_0621

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Stones in the Irish Landscape

DSCF5688When I think about my travels in Ireland, stone comes to mind. We often think of green fields rolling down to the sea, and there are many places of lush green, misty forests, and soft fields with grazing sheep. By far and away, stone shapes this place. From rugged coastlines to ancient standing stones carved with a language we no longer can understand, people have lived with the stone and shaped it into shelter, art, fences, and steps. Some of the places carved out of stone, like Skellig Micheal, are beyond belief. Reading Sun Dancing by Geoffrey Morehouse brought the lives of theDSCF5682 monks there to life, and the carving of over 700 steps to reach their small settlement as close to heaven as possible. I like to include the Skelligs on our tours- there is no place on Earth quite like them. It takes effort to reach them, effort to climb to the top, effort to understand what they were up to. One must travel by boat over an hour, and often it is DSCF5683impossible to do so. The steps are dangerous and tricky, and the higher one goes, the more one can feel what made this place special. So many mysteries remain about this place, but a sense of the inhabitants becomes real as you sit in a former cell, with only a small opening facing east, or gaze at the garden plots they used, carved from stony cliffs, and enriched with seaweed to build the soil. The difficult problem of gathering drinking water alone can amaze and confound! Yet they did, they managed, and they sought out a refuge in the ocean far from others to achieve their quest.I look forward to returning toDSCF5686 Skellig Michael, and hope to share this place with others who wonder as I do.

The ancient stones from prehistory also intrigue me. For years I have studied Irish art history, and am especially drawn to the standing stones with intricate designs, motifs and symbolism. For this reason I love to show these to people in hidden glans and on hilltops, as well as more famous carved stones such at those at Bru na Boinne, also known as Newgrange. Come along on one of our tours and let your imagination be ignited by the stones!

Stone carving at Newgrange..ciirca 5,000 BC

Stone carving at Newgrange..ciirca 5,000 BC

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