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Art Of The Woods

Last year the Tinahely Arts Group had a great day of making art of our local woods and this year we are repeating the success.

Monday March 18th at 11am group members of TAG will gather in the woods with only a penknife as an aid. All art must be made by debris from the forest floor and no “foreign objects” are allowed to be introduced, another aspect is that no major ecosystems must be disturbed – a dogme project of sorts. My own contribution last year was very simple and the same will be the case this year.

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If you live locally I hope you will come along and see what we are up to in Tomnafinoge Woods, Greenhall, Tinahely, Co Wicklow.

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Culture Night Crochet

We celebrated Culture Night 2012 all over Ireland last Friday September 21st. My own contribution was obviously crochet…

On the square in Tinahely we have a granite bench which was donated to the village by the wonderful women of Tinahely I.C.A. It’s a sturdy granite bench that holds a lot of gatherings of the young as well as the old.

Bench on Dwyer Square TinahelyBench on the Square, Culture Night 2012, Tinahely, Co Wicklow
Irene Lundgaard 2012

The Tinahely Arts Group had planned to display Words of The Village with each contributor installing their own words, I’m a member and decided to partake.

Behind the bench there is a pretty tree with branches sheltering the bench from rain and wind and when I pass the bench I often wonder what conversations and aspirations the tree picks up, what dreams are aired that drift up from the bench and into the tree. Armed with this thought I set to work for some weeks, every time I passed the bench and the youth were gathered on it I asked them what their dreams were. My plan was to distil their words and crochet them into a luminous web that would be seen in the dark at Culture Night. A web of words caught in the tree.

As the days went on in my word gathering, I began to see a pattern of questions more than anything else and I realized my collection of words would have to be W-words. I called my piece “W-Ord-s Of Youth”. The hyphens are framing the Danish word “ord”, which means word or words.  Culture Night 2012 W-Ord-s of Youth Tinahely Arts Group 11

Culture Night 2012 W-Ord-s of Youth Tinahely Arts Group 12

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Culture Night 2012 W-Ord-s of Youth Tinahely Arts Group 12bW-Ord-s Of Youth, Culture Night 2012, Tinahely, Co Wicklow
Irene Lundgaard 2012

I used luminous paint on the words to ensure they would shine out in the night. The village is bright at night and the words did not shine much but they are doing just that now here at home in my hallway, where I pass them for nightly visits to the necessarium. They are insistently demanding answers. Every night! As John said, when I explained to him about my installation, ‘well, the old that also gather on the bench, they will have the answers’.

I’m just not sure that I am old enough to have the answers quite figured out yet… Not on my nocturnal sojourns anyway!

Crochet Design

Tinahely Arts Group Craft Fair

Arts and Craft Fair Farm Shop Tinahely 2012There are no idle hands here these days. Last night we, the Tinahely Arts Group, celebrated Culture Night with interactive displays and Words in the village, I also had crochet words in the village but I will write properly about them later because right now, the focus is on the Tinahely Arts Group Arts & Craft Fair at the Tinahely Farm Shop tomorrow Sunday 23rd from 11 – 5.

I am one of the stall holders at the event and seeing that Rebecca and Philip use real vintage china cups in their Tea Rooms, I thought it appropriate to theme my stall around Tea Cosies and also something vintage. What’s more vintage in crochet than Granny Square?… I have made them medium to small as I hear a lot of single people complaining that they can’t get a tea cosy for small pots. Obviously, there will also be family size ones.

Granny Square Tea Cosy by Irene Lundgaard Granny Square Tea Cosy © Irene Lundgaard 2012

Crochet Chickens by Irene LundgaardI thought I would also make a bit of fun stuff like a few little chicks, seeing that we are going to have the fair on a farm. I created the chicks a while back but they never really got any further than the development stage, but now that I have actually made a few, I think I will have to make a pattern. They are cheerful to have hanging in a fish line about the place, I think.

My mother is a florist and instilled a love of cut flowers in my from an early age. She had a fantastic flower border in the garden when I was a little girl and Rebecca Hadden of the Tinahely Farm Shop is also a fine florist and for that reason I thought I would also keep a flower theme going on my stall so pretty flower brooches are running off the hook at the speed of light here. I will do a crochet flower demonstration on my stall and I hope you will join me and be inspired.

Crochet Flower Broches by Irene Lundgaard Crochet Flower Brooches © Irene Lundgaard 2012

The Tinahely Arts & Craft Fair opens at the Tinahely Farm Shop on Sunday September 23rd at 11 to 5, the tea rooms and shop will also be open. I hope you can join us! 

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Free-form Crochet Is A Hoot

I am privileged to be a member of the Tinahely Arts Group who are invited to do an arts exhibition at the Tinahely Show this coming Monday.

A Hoot - Freeform Crochet by Irene LundgaardColourful Free-form crochet © Irene Lundgaard 2012

A Hoot - Freeform Crochet detail 1 by Irene LundgaardA Hoot - Freeform Crochet detail 4 by Irene LundgaardColourful Free-form crochet detail © Irene Lundgaard 2012

I thought I would break out the free-form hook and this is my contribution…

Note: I will offer free form crochet workshops during the autumn. Drop me a line if you are interested in participating and I will let you know when and where the classes are available:


My Other Sheep

Yesterday I took the time tOrigin Of The Species- in context - Tinahely Sheep Flock - by Irene Lundgaardo get a couple of shots of my other sheep in it’s context in the village of Tinahely here in Co Wicklow. As you can see, the street was empty as everybody dove into the shops to avoid the heavy rain. Yesterday was a partial wet one – April showers indeed!

Origin Of The Species- Tinahely Sheep Flock - by Irene LundgaardOriginally I come from an island in Denmark called Fur, and island that is rich in fossils that literally come out of the ground. I have found fossils since I was a little girl and cannot cross a patch of gravel without throwing my eye over it to see if there is any “gold” to be found. My sheep reflect this heritage as sheep are part of the Artiodactyla family – which, to the best of my knowledge has their origin in the Osteichthyes fish family…

One way or another, my sheep is called ‘Origin Of The Species’. It’s a wee lamb. He is sitting right at the post box in Tinahely, keeping an eye.

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Sheep Unleashed

The last few days were hectic as the deadline for the Tinahely Sheep Flock was looming. I had to complete my contributions and as I was not working in crochet but with paint on metal I found it a bit stressful, to be honest – but mostly a fun challenge…

Doily The Sheep and Origin Of The Species with their friends - Tinahely Sheep Flock - Tinahely Arts Group - by Irene LundgaardDoily The Sheep and Origin Of The Species and friends
Tinahely Sheep Flock – Tinahely Arts Group

Irene Lundgaard 2012

I’m not used to expressing myself with anything but yarn but managed to make “Doily The Sheep” and “Origin Of The Species”.

Fortunately, today all the stress subsided completely as most of the sheep flock were put in place and ready for the Tinahely Walking Festival this coming weekend and my own two made the deadline too – and the paint had even managed to dry.

Note: We open the exhibition Saturday April 14th at 4.00PM. You are welcome to join us!


Doily The Sheep

Yesterday I had the privilege of seeing some of the new sheep that will be on display in the Tinahely Sheep Flock by Tinahely Arts Group. The creativity is pure magic!

Meanwhile, I’m having fun preparing my two sheep for the Tinahely Sheep Flock which go on display next Saturday. I have been contemplating for some time what to do with my sheep, the lamb was already planned but the sheep is such a big canvas and I wanted to make something relevant to what I do. I contemplated crocheting a fleece for the poor naked sheep but decided against it as I would have to work in either ‘plarn’ or acrylics.

I did end up finding inspiration in my work as I’m preparing a talk on lace crochet at the moment and ended up taking my cue from that as “Doily The Sheep” is slowly taking shape!

Doily The Sheep - Tinahely Sheep Flock - Tinahely Arts Group - by Irene Lundgaard Doily The Sheep – Tinahely Sheep Flock
Tinahely Arts Group
© Irene Lundgaard 2012

Last night I spent time working on the doilies that are going to adorn this darling sheep and now I just hope the rain holds off while I work!

Note: The Tinahely Sheep Flock will be on display in the village of Tinahely for the summer. Official exhibition opening will be in connection with the annual Tinahely Walking Festival on Saturday April 14th @ 4.00pm on Dwyer Square, Tinahely. I hope you can join us for the event!

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Fleeting Forest Art

As a member of the Tinahely Arts Group I invite you to join us in Tomnafinogue Woods, Tinahely, Co Wicklow on Saturday March 3rd from 11am. The arts and craftspeople in the group will be making “Art of The Woods”.

I hope you will put the date in your diary and if you can’t be there then enjoy our efforts in the days, weeks and months to come.

Fleeting Forest Art - Tinahely Arts Group - poster

“The forest changes every minute. Winds blow and leaves fall; animals leave their track; rain comes and washes away…

Shouldn’t art in the forest be just the same? Fleeting?

With this thought in mind, the Tinahely Art Group (TAG) had an idea; To bring together TAG members to create ‘Fleeting Forest Art’. This event will be open to all TAG member to participate in and will be a public event.

TAG’s Fleeting Forest art in Tomnafinogue Woods, Tinahely, Co Wicklow (Saturday 3rd March from 11 am) will leave art in the woods that is created only using small materials found on the forest floor. No outside materials (apart from
pen-knives!) will be brought in, no eco-systems will be disturbed.

The art pieces will be transient, ephemeral… fleeting.”

Now, the question is if the forest can be crochet?…

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The Big Knit In Tinahely

Innocent Smoothies Big Knit by Irene Lundgaard - Robert making pom pomWe had a blast of a cultural weekend here in Tinahely. There was much celebration of Culture Night, with all sorts of activities. The Courthouse Arts Centre dished out some good concerts too and the Tinahely Arts Group were delighted to have our Arts & Craft Shop in the barn of The Farm Shop yesterday where Phillip and Rebecca had played a blinder preparing for us.
Tinahely Arts Group Arts & Craft Fair The Big Knit stall by Irene LundgaardRuths hats
I had a Big Knit stall and some 80 hats were churned out on the day – every little helps.

Ruth came to the final September class with her first ever crochet hats for The Big Knit. They are so cute!

You can participate in The Big Knit in aid of Age Action Ireland too, check it out.


Tinahely Sheep Gone Missing

One of the wee lambs from the Tinahely Sheep Flock has gone missing. Have you seen it about the place? If you have, please let us know. It’s much missed!

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