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The Fibre of our Being is a series of events exploring contemporary textiles which draw on tradition to reinvigorate their process. It will encompass an exhibition of the same title displaying a wide variety of contemporary Irish Textiles, as well as two full weekends of events and workshops that will allow people to learn techniques in dyeing and crafting with textiles. The highlight will be a day with  talks and displays about the source of our fibres and Irish wool production, with displays from small businesses looking to find new ways to use sustainably our indigenous materials. We will finish with an alternative fashion show in the lively cultural hub of Levis Bar in Ballydehob ! 

These events are run by Kilcoe Studios.

This is all generously supported by Creative Ireland, Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht and  Cork county Council.


EXHIBITION – The Fibre of our Being

The Exhibition will open on July 15th and will run from Tuesday to Saturday each week until September 9th.

The Fibre of our Being exhibition will include work by over 15 different crafts people and artists from all over Ireland who use traditional textile methods such as knitting, hand weaving, lace, patchwork, natural dying and felting and adapted them to contemporary practices.

The exhibition will also have an area where you can read up on the production of different textiles and see samples of a range of different fabrics and learn about business using Irish fibres. 

Curated by Anna Crudge

  Kilcoe Studios, Ballydehob, P81X009     Opens July 15th until September 9th  / Tuesday to Saturday  / 10am – 5 pm 



                                                                          SATURDAY 12th  

                                                        In conjunction with the Ellen Hutchins festival

                   PLANT FIBRES and their use in craft in the past and today – A Talk with some hands on practical work. 

BOOKING  – Tickets  – €15  Please book by mailing  with subject Plant fibres or text 0870667871 and state if you wish also to attend the talk at 4 pm. 

In this workshop Sonia Caldwell will bring and display a wide range of baskets, matting, paper and other crafts made only using materials from the local environment. She will discuss and demonstrate the uses and there will be some hands on rope making and braiding near the end. 

4pm exhibition talk free talk about the work in the ‘Fibre of our being’ exhibition and textile production on display.                                          5.30 – 7pm   Kilcoe Studios, Ballydehob, P81X009


                                                                          SUNDAY 13th 


         Workshops in Dyeing with Ashleigh Ellis, and some interactive  family friendly events of nettle fibres and weaving.

                                                                COMMUNITY INDIGO VAT 

                               Come by and dye a small item of clothing to a beautiful deep indigo with Ashleigh Ellis 

A fun workshop to refresh cotton and linen textiles into vibrant blues in an organic indigo dye vat. There will be cotton fabric to experiment with and learn some traditional Japanese shibori techniques (similar to tie-dye) you are also invited to bring an old or secondhand textile of your own to give it new life. Washed textiles only and must be 100% cotton, linen, wool or silk and no larger than a tea towel or t- shirt.

11 am – 2 pm     Outside  Ballydehob Community Hall 

BOOKING  Each slot will last approximately 1 hour – ticket cost is €20  Book by with subject ‘Indigo’ or text 087 0667871. Please state your time preference – 11 am / 12 pm / 1 pm 

Children will be welcome to also attend with  a ticketed Adult once supervised   and onlookers are welcome to view. 


                                                                    SUNDAY 13TH AUGUST

                                         REUSE, REWORK AND RELOVE your clothing with Alice Halliday

A practical, hands on workshop repurposing vintage textiles and fabric remnants. Alice will show you some simple and effective methods of upcycling, mending and embellishing.Make sure to bring along a piece of old clothing (or two) that you wish to revamp!

12.30- 3pm     Kilcoe Studios, Ballydehob, P81X009

BOOKING – Tickets €20 Please book for this workshop by mailing with ‘Reuse’ in the subject or text 087 066787


                                     FRINGE EVENTS AT COMMUNITY HALL    suitable for children and families. 

11am – 3 pm  

-Nettle Fibre making – twist your own nettle twine bracelet 

-Weaving on an open loom 

-Know you Fabrics  – test you knowledge of different fabric types 


                                                  GROWING NATURAL DYE PLANTS with Ashleigh Ellis 

A talk on growing a range of natural dye plants (traditional and experimental), their unique qualities and an overview on how to use them. This talk will showcase the wide and vibrant range of colours that can be made, on textiles and as artist inks and pigments. We will also touch on some folklore and medicinal uses. A Q&A will be part of the talk and an opportunity to try some inks.

4 – 5 PM    Kilcoe Studios, Ballydehob, P81X009

BOOKING –  Tickets € 15  Please book for this talk by mailing with ‘Dye talk’ in the subject or text 0870667871


                                                                        MONDAY 14TH 

                                                         PATCHWORK with Tamsin Blackbourn 

English Paper Piecing Patchwork Workshop

Spend the day engaged in the craft of English Paper Piecing Patchwork where your hands will join shapes in colourful printed cotton fabrics to create a patchwork mat.  Historically, patchwork was a way to utilise small remnants of fabric that otherwise would go to waste and create something useful, such as a bed covering.  The focus here is on the mindful practice of hand work, using sewing skills to make a patchwork mat, but later you could incorporate the piece into a larger project, such as a bed quilt, a cushion, a bag.  However, the emphasis of this workshop is to engage the eye and the hand and lose yourself in the rhythmic, meditative practices of hand sewing.  It is about being in the present moment and enjoying the making.  The intention is to focus on the process of making, rather than being concerned with a completed project.  

10 am –  4 pm { with break for lunch }     Kilcoe Studios, Ballydehob, P81X009

BOOKING – Please  book for this workshop by mailing with ‘Patchwork’  in the subject or text 087 0667871        Tickets € 45


WEEKEND 2 –  AUGUST  26th – 28th

                                         In conjunction  with Fibreshed Ireland and Levis Corner House 

                                                                          SATURDAY 26th

EXHIBITION TALK with Fibreshed participants followed by 

SOCIAL EVENING to meet and talk to members of Fibreshed Ireland 

 6pm – 8 pm  Kilcoe Studios, Ballydehob, P81X009    Free – no need to book 



                                                                            SUNDAY 27th 


Fibreshed Ireland is the Irish affiliate of a global organisation looking to reinvigorate local textile production. It is a membership based organisation that is a supportive network working towards a regenerative fibre system based on local fibre, local dyes and local labour.

TALK ABOUT FIBRESHED IRELAND by founding members Malú Colorín and Liadain Aiken 

This will be a talk about the aims of Fibreshed Ireland their recent work.

1pm – 2 pm

Outback of Levis Corner House Ballydehob 

BOOKING  Please book at events@kilcoestudios with subject ‘Fibreshed’ or text 0870667871 

Donations at the door will go towards the event and Fibreshed Ireland 

TALK ABOUT OUR IRISH WOOL   Sheep Breeds, Processing, History and todays need to bring back it’s value  by Fibreshed Ireland member Kit Keawwantha and other panel guests. 

2.30 pm – 3.30 pm

Outback of Levis Corner House Ballydehob 

BOOKING   Please book at events@kilcoestudios with subject ‘Fibreshed’ or text 0870667871 

Donations at the door will go towards the event and Fibreshed Ireland.


The Exhibition ‘The Fibre of our Being’  will be open on Sunday from 11 – 5 pm at Kilcoe Studios Ballydehob 

Levis Corner House  – 2pm – 5.00pm 


Know your Fabrics – test your knowledge of different Fabrics 

Basic sewing techniques and how to sew on a button

Display tables of fibre producers and Fibreshed Ireland 

Carding and Spinning Wool Demos 

Fibreshed Market Stall 

No booking required to drop by – Donations will be taken for some of the hands on crafting .


                                                THE FIBRE OF OUR BEING FASHION SHOW  

We couldn’t resist …  with all this talk of fibre, textiles and locally made sustainable clothing we had to just show it all off to celebrate that there is just a great amount of people making textile work to wear as well as household items . 

The fashion show will feature sustainable and up cycled clothing by Re – cut and Alice Halliday, as well as those who are working with wool from Irish sheep including Conor O Brien, Yarn Vibes, Liadan Aiken and those that follow age old skills in dressmaking like Tamsin Blackbourn. This will be a very alternative fashion show with music and fun and a chance to chat to the makers after the event. 

6.30 pm  Levis Corner House Outback Ballydehob

BOOKING   Please book at events@kilcoestudios with subject ‘Fibreshed’ or text 0870667871   Donations at the door will go towards the event and Fibreshed Ireland



                                                                            MONDAY 28th

                  NATURAL DYE WOOL KERCHEIF  workshop with Malú Colorín and Liadain Aiken – SOLD OUT 

Natural Dye expert Malú Colorín of Talú will team up with local knitwear designer Liadain Aiken to host a natural dye and knit workshop.  Liadain will supply pre-knit 100% merino lambs wool kerchiefs (small neck scarves) to be tie dyed with Malú’s natural dyes.  The day will start with an opening talk to introduce our work and to explain what kind of dye techniques we can use on the kerchiefs.  Liadain will demonstrate how to knit a kerchief on her hand-driven knitting machines, each person will get to experience the process of casting on, knitting and casting off.  Malú will show us how to mordant the kerchiefs and then we will prepare and dye our pieces.  Each participant will go home with their beautiful and unique hand-dyed kerchief.  There will be a 30 minute lunch break.

Monday 10.30am – 3pm

Levis Corner House Outback Ballydehob 

BOOKING – Cost – €45. Book via Fibreshed

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Fibre of our Being Exhibition finishes on September 9th 

                                                                  SUNDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER 


Linen and Flax growing was once a booming business all over Cork and in many other parts of Ireland.

Although most of it happened before living memory there are still remnants of it’s past in the memories of relatives and memorabilia.

On Sunday 10th September Eco Artist Kathy Kirwan will host a gathering of people to share and discuss stories about flax and also discuss any potential for how it may be renewed as part of a sustainable textile industry in Ireland.

If you have a memory or story to share but you cannot attend please do send it to us by mail or email – see contacts below.

She will also demonstrate some flax processing with flax grown this year in Cecas.

Afternoon Tea will be provided. 

Kilcoe Studios, Ballydehob, P81X009 

 2pm – 5pm 

BOOKING    Please book at events@kilcoestudios with subject ‘Flax’ or text 0870667871

                          Suggested contributions of €10 to the event will be taken on the day