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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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A glimpse of the Ireland fiber art tour

On our Fiber Arts in Ireland tour n June 2016, Margaret Cunningham will be one of our instructors while we stay in Donegal. And we will be staying near this beautiful place, Slieve League (or Sliabh Liag in Irish), in the video, sure to inspire the art and soul! In this video we can hear her tell of the inspiration of the landscape, and the Sliabh Liag cliffs and the fairies keeping children from exploring the dangerous spots. Margaret is an excellent tapestry artist, fine musician, and manages the Glencolmcille Folk Village. Take a glimpse of the rugged coast and beautiful area in which we will be staying and making fiber art! The video can be viewed here:

See all the details for the trip in the brochure Fiber art tour to Ireland

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