Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Workhouse Studios Work Placement

I have just arrived home from a two week placement with Workhouse Studios, situated in Kilmacthomas Co. Waterford, Ireland. Workhouse Studios is one of Ireland's newest craft groups, built on the philosophy of design-led, innovative products including jewellery, glass and textiles. Its members came together in 2008 to form this dynamic collective of designers and the studio was born. Workhouse Studios was set up by Sabrina Meyns, Claire McAlister and Eily O'Connell (jewellery designers), Ann Nolan (textile designer), Aisling Cook and Maggie Cashman (glass designers). The groups designer's each play an active role in developing the offering, from designing and building the website, to the display units and the studio itself.

For more info about Workhouse Studios and the designers check out their website –

The few weeks I spent at the studio were very busy. All of the girls were exhibiting their work at ‘Custom House Studios’, a gallery in Westport Co. Mayo. In the first week we had a road trip to Westport for the Opening Night of the exhibition. The exhibition runs until the 12th of September, it is well worth a visit.

The remainder of the two weeks were spent getting ready for the Workhouse Studios Open Day. Amongst other things this included lots of painting and PR work.

On the open day I got to run my first creative workshop which I really enjoyed. The day itself was very successful, and lots of work was sold.

It was a really fun work experience, all of the girls were lovely and their work is amazing!!

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