Sunday September 20, 2020

Past masters

Five international artists have drawn inspiration from Irish craft traditions to produce a challenging and innovative exhibition

6th November, 2011
Artist Barbara Ridland with her baskets made of cardboard. Photo: Mark Sinclair.

Who would have thought that Ikea's cheapest chair has a link to the culture that gave us Aran knits, the currach and the turf creel? The Stefan chair retails at €16 and more than 200,000 are sold every year, but it also features in Modern Languages, an exhibition at the National Craft Gallery by five international artists who have revisited the traditions of Irish vernacular crafts to show them in a contemporary light.

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