28 May 2014

Launch of FORM Designmade in Carlow

Photography by Rory Moore
     It is important to know that there are others around us who share the same values and aim for the same goals. I'm glad to have this invaluable support from designer makers and craftspeople living and working in the Carlow region of Ireland. 

     I remember it was last year in August when I first realized that Valg Studio could be a part of unique craft group in the future. Many months has passed, a lot of work gone into the setting up FORM Designmade in Carlow collective and the group was officially launched on the 14th May at VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art in Carlow.

     Ariane Tobin, Liga Valge, Catherine Sothern, Emma Jane Champley, Glenn Lucas, Martin Marley, Nicola Brown, Stephen O’Briain, Tomomi McElwee, Cillian Ó Súilleabháin, Leiko Uchiyama, and Maria Ryan are the artists.
     Group has amazing facilitator Frances McDonald, under her professional guidance group is now looking forward to the first Group exhibition during Festival of Writing and Ideas at Borris House on the weekend of 14th and 15th June 2014. This event is also part of Carlow Arts Festival offering a vibrant and dynamic arts programme during 10 days in June.

     It is a great pleasure to hold our first brochure, beautifully designed and rich with eye-catching images by Rory Moore. If you spot it in various places around the Co. Carlow don't hesitate to pick it up. You will definitely find it in Carlow Tourist Office.

Members of the FORM at their official launch in Visual: Martin Marley, Stephen O'Briain, Maria Ryan, Catherine Sothern,
Emma Jane Champley, Ariane Tobin, Liga Valge, Tomomi McElwee and Cillian Ó Súilleabháin. Absent: Nicola Brown,
Uchiyama and Glenn Lucas. Photo: Dylan Vaughan

All the best,

8 May 2014

EuroSynergy Experience

     Overwhelming! Perfectly describes the EuroSynergy experience in Malta last week.
There were so many things going on, including, hands-on workshops, great seminars and presentations, shared experiences, mixed emotions, new friendships, inspiring moments and surprises just a few to mention. I'm very grateful to EuroSynergy Committee for organizing it and everyone who made this event so special. Of course it will take a while to reflect and take the next step, but I think the answer is hidden in this year's conference theme title - Together: New Vision.

     During IPCA Synergy Conference I didn't take many photos and didn't have much time for sightseeing, but luckily there is EuroSynergy 2014 Malta pin board created on Pinterest to have a better taste of this amazing gathering with participants from 29 countries worldwide!

Dan Cormier from The Cutting Edge presented The Broken Internet Project, it has some amazing results and I'm sure
there will be more information about it online very soon.
     First I would like to finish the pieces I started in the three pre-conference workshops and then I'm really looking forward to start working on new designs.

Take care,