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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: http://www.nicolabrown.ie/the-studio

Learn more about Nicola, read her blog, and view her artwork at http://www.nicolabrown.ie  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 joanslack33@gmail.com 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 (www.authentictravelandtours.com) 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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Straw Boys, and Why Take a Small Group Tour?

R1- 9AHaving led small group tours for nearly 18 years, I think it is important to point out the value of traveling this way. When I first began traveling in Mexico, then Europe, what was so powerful was meeting local people, engaging in conversation (though my Spanish left a lot to be desired!), and feeling as if I had a glimpse into that person’s life, art JOM 1st scan 013and family. As my research and travel increased in Ireland, I sought out local guides who showed me places I never would have known about, and heard stories, folklore and mythology that brought those places so alive.

On a trip to Oaxaca in Mexico, we were staying in a small village and heard music, big brass instruments, coming down the road. Soon we realized this was a funeral procession, and we were invited to join it and proceed to the cemetery. Under a full moon rising from behind the mountains, a magical evening unfolded as we listened to the band, heard the priest incant blessings, and took sips of the local drink, “mescal”, that was passed to all. We were treated as honored guests and it made an indelible impression upon every one of us.

Another example, on one of our cultural tours to Ireland, my friend and one of our guides, Joe McGowan,  organized an evening with the “Straw Boys”. Dating back for decades, the tradition of the Straw boys is rich. Basically a group would create costumes disguising themselves, just of straw, and go from door to door asking for “refreshment”, or 101_0103-001raising mischief one way or another. This evolved into a group today, near Sligo, who still reenact the tradition which now includes women. We were so fortunate to be invited to a costume creating session, learning how to weave the straw into skirts and headpieces. After a light supper, I thought the evening would end, but no! The room was swept up, chairs and tables pushed back, a fiddle or two came out, and soon there was singing, dancing and great fun!

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Often with our tours, these special events and encounters happen because we are a small group, we are approachable and a common bond of humanity is there. Having shared so many special times in cultural travel , it is my hope to share such things with our clients.

101_0108 (2) Real people, real adventures, and real experiences make our tours unique! Please join us if this is the kind of travel experience you are looking for!

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