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Meet the Tutors

Nicola Faull is an artist and lifelong knitter who specialises in book making, gell printing and mixed media collage. Using readily available materials and traditional techniques Nicola creates simple handmade books that combine art, paper and print into unique and personal journals and notebooks. Nicola also works with a number of Gel printing techniques to create art pieces as well as materials for bookmaking and mixed media collage. Nicola loves to teach and her classes are designed to build on layers of skills so that each student is able to create their own unique art.Nicola runs regular workshops for children and adults teaching drawing and painting skills.

Nicola also designs and writes patterns for knitted accessories. She is intrigued by both the design process and the technical details of pattern construction. Her aim is to produce knit patterns that are both interesting to knit and easy to follow. Her knitting patterns have been published in print magazines in the UK and in online knit magazines in the US.

Nicola has taken part in a number of group exhibitions, including The Signal Open Exhibition in Bray where her work was shortlisted in 2021. She is an experienced teacher and is a regular tutor at The Muddle and in Wicklow libraries as a member of the Wicklow Craft Foundation. https://www.instagram.com/nicola.faull.art/

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Susie Kenny 

Susie Kenny is a self taught mixed media artist living and working in County Wicklow, Ireland. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin and worked as a fine art agent for ten years curating and promoting exhibitions in the Lad Lane Gallery and The Solomon Gallery in Dublin. It was through her work curating eclectic exhibitions that her passion to pursue her own artistic path was ignited.

Whilst working in mixed media a passion for creating sculptural forms in wire and stone emerged thematically based on the intricate patterning of bare winter trees. Using found objects of rocks, gemstones crystals, driftwood etc. Susie entwines these in a symbiotic relationship with the wire, reflecting the symbiotic relationship of the trees' root system with the earth.

 

Susie is a crafter with diverse interests in many media. From various printing forms, papermaking and leatherwork to soapmaking, jewellery and painting. She has taken part in regular group exhibitions.

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Miriam Brady

Miriam is a textile and fibre artist living in the foothills of Black Hill overlooking the Blessington lakes.  She specialises in felted landscapes and seascapes and abstract work created using silk, wool and other fibres.  She makes unique vessels, scarves and baby booties. 
She takes her inspiration from the beautiful surroundings of Lacken and from her overseas travels to India, China and Kenya. 

Miriam worked as an actor in theatre and televsion for 25 years and was known as Julia Connors in the rural Iirsh drama Glenroe. She worked as a volunteer in Kenya with young mothers and babies.  Miriam then studied Horticulture with the Royal Horticultural Society. She works as a Garden design consultant specialising in Herbaceous Borders. 

She currently teaches Feltmaking in her home studio in Blessington, in libraries across Wicklow, Dublin and Kildare. She is a member of Feltmakers Ireland and Wicklow Craft Foundation. She exhibits solo and regularly with Cruthu, a multidisiplinary art group. Her work is stocked in Crafty Craic Gallery, Knockanaragan, Co. Wicklow, The Dunlavin Arts Festival, Blessington Tourist Office and The Home store, Blessington.
 

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Mary Daugherty 

Mary grew up in Northern Ireland and attended Fermanagh College of Further Education to complete a City and Guilds Hairdressing and Business Course.

She progressed to managing a salon in Dublin  and then worked freelance for a number of years before opening her own Hair Salon in Ranelagh. She trained to be a colour consultant and Interior Designer and was featured in two RTE segments as a specialist in the art of colour. Two of Mary's clients were Anne Doyle from the RTE news and Brenda Fricker from the movie “Home Alone".

A family move to the USA for 18 years brought new pursuits in handbag and jewellery design where Mary launched her own range of products, retailing online and in selected retailers. The work incorporated  using recycled leather to promote more sustainable purchasing.

During that same time abroad Mary became a Reiki Master and trained in Life Coaching.

On her return to Ireland In 2019 she began to incorporate her creative skills with healing therapies - Jewellery making for teenagers and adults with intellectual disabilities in community centres, and online for Rathdown Council libraries and Sunbeam house services.

Mary now also offers workshops in Self discovery & Healing through Art and Meditation. She is qualified as a  HICAT practitioner (Healing, integrated, creative art therapist) and plans to incorporate dance and movement into her practice.

Mary is a TAP trained artist with Blackrock Education Centre and works with schools on the TAP and Blast programmes using all her many creative skills.

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