Naas Felt and Fibre consists of 15 artists who have collaborated together for a number of years, constantly learning and refining our techniques. Our backgrounds are diverse; from dressmaking, architecture and ceramics to teaching and design. This wide-ranging experience informs and influences each artist’s interpretation of a source to create their own unique art.
Our common passion is textiles – working with wool fibre, fabric, silk, thread, paper, stitch, print and mixed media to create intricate and interesting pieces. Our aims are to explore the complexity of textile art, to establish its potential as an art form in its own right and to exhibit our work.
Based in the greater Naas area, we regularly hold exhibitions in McAuley Place Arts and Cultural Centre and have a permanent, rotating exhibition in the gallery space at Las Rada Wine and Tapas Bar, both in Naas. In June 2014 the group were invited to participate in the Carlow Arts Festival (Eigse) where we had a ‘pop up’ gallery in a shop on the main street. In June 2015 we will be exhibiting for the first time at Rua Red South Dublin Arts Centre.
Members have grown and developed their skills through the teaching of workshops and participation in learning experiences, both here in
and abroad. The Group has expertise in
exhibiting, curating and teaching community based programmes. Many have been involved in community art
groups and inter-generational arts projects such as ‘If you were in my Shoes’.
Members have exhibited with the Irish Guild of Embroiderers, Felt Makers Ireland, the Hyperbolic Crochet Project, the Big Egg Hunt, the 04 Textile Group and the Pigs on Parade art display currently running on the streets of
. Dublin (Feb/March 2015)