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23 winners of the Future Makers Awards & Supports Programme 2017 announced

The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) announced the 23 students and emerging makers who have received awards and support through the organisation’s Future Makers programme at a ceremony at the Dean Hotel on July 6th. With a total fund of €22,500 for 2017, Future Makers Awards & Supports is one of the largest prize-funded award programmes in Europe for students and…

Future Makers 2017 Awards & Supports: Shortlist of Makers & Designers

Future Makers Awards 2017 Congratulations to all the makers and designers who were shortlisted by Clive Fiddis and Aisling Farinella for the 2017 Future Makers Awards & Supports. We are delighted to publish the 2017 shortlist below. Practitioners Shortlist 2017 Aisling McLoughlin Alan Meredith Alanna Plekkenpol Ann McBride Annemarie Reinhold Aoife Mullane Cathy Burke Chloe…

Future Makers 2017 Judges Announced

Future Makers 2017 is delighted to announce that our judges for this year are Clive Fiddis and Aisling Farinella.   Clive Fiddis Clive Fiddis has been Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Course Director in the Applied Arts and Crafts for more than thirty years. He has worked in Scandinavia, extensively in Finland and recently established a…

Calling all emerging designers and makers – Future Makers 2017 is now open for entries

Calling all emerging designers and makers FUTURE MAKERS 2017 IS NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES Design & Crafts Council of Ireland fund of over €24,000 recognises and supports emerging Irish designers and makers Online applications are now being accepted for the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) Future Makers Awards & Supports programme (www.futuremakers.ie) for 2017. With a total prize fund in excess of €24,000, Future Makers Awards & Supports is one of the largest…

30 winners of the Future Makers Awards & Supports Programme 2016 announced

Design & Crafts Council of Ireland fund recognises and supports Ireland’s emerging designers and craftspeople With a total prize fund of €24,500 for 2016, Future Makers Awards & Supports is one of the biggest award programmes in Europe for students and emerging makers and is one of a number of Design & Crafts Council of…

Future Makers 2016 Awards & Supports: Shortlist of Makers & Designers

Future Makers Awards 2016 Congratulations to all the makers and designers who were shortlisted for the 2016 Future Makers Awards & Supports. We had an amazing response to Future Makers this year, with the largest number of applications to date. Selected by Michael Eden and Sasha Sykes, this year’s shortlist demonstrates the impressive imaginative use…

Irish Designer Sasha Sykes to Judge Future Makers 2016 Awards

Future Makers 2016 is delighted to announce Sasha Sykes will join us to judge Future Makers this year. About Sasha Sykes… Sasha Sykes is an artist, designer and creator of highly unusual hand-crafted contemporary furniture and functional artworks. Born in Dublin in 1976, Sasha studied Architecture and worked as a Retail Designer before setting up…

International Ceramic Maker Michael Eden to Judge Future Makers 2016 Awards

Future Makers 2016 is delighted to announce that our international judge this year is Michael Eden Michael Eden works in 3D printing, additive manufacturing ceramics and is represented by Adrian Sassoon in London. About Michael Eden Michael Eden is a maker whose work sits at the intersection of craft, design and art, exploring contemporary themes…

Future Makers Award – The Fixperts Creative Award 2015

Future Makers Award – The Fixperts Creative Award (€500) was awarded to four students in the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) – Aaron Nooney (product design), Aidan Judd (product design), Ally Morehead (visual communications) and Marie Kelly (visual communications) – for their wonderful, thoughtful collaborative project in creating a button fastening device for…

Future Makers Awards Event @The Liquor Rooms Dublin

On Wednesday 10th June the annual Future Makers Awards & Supports ceremony took place at The Liquor Rooms in Dublin. Some of Ireland’s most creative young designers and makers gathered for the prize giving ceremony. The event commenced with Christopher Murphy Senior Lecture in Interaction Design from Belfast School of Art who gave an inspiring…

Winners of the Future Makers Awards & Supports Programme 2015 announced

With a total prize fund of over €25,000, Future Makers Awards & Supports is one of the biggest award programmes in Europe for students and emerging makers. The annual programme rewards the next generation of Irish creatives, helping them develop an exciting future in the craft and design industry. 27 emerging designer-makers were announced as…

Future Makers 2015 Awards & Supports: Shortlist of Makers

Future Makers Awards 2015 Shortlists Congratulations to all the student and graduate makers who were shortlisted for the 2015 Future Makers Awards & Supports Selected by judges Gregory Epps, Natalie Coleman and Joe Hogan, this year’s shortlisted makers demonstrated a level of experimentation, quality of making, and imaginative use of skill in their work. We are…

DESIGN CONVERSATIONS | Ceramic Artist Owen Quinlan

Galway based ceramic artist Owen Quinlan chats to Future Makers about the high standards he sets for himself and his love for the making process. Owen’s glaze based work focuses on the geological attributes of the ceramic medium. He has reduced his forms to one singular repetitive shape to enable a focused emphasis on his…

DESIGN CONVERSATIONS | Jewellery Designer Lorna Boyle

Jewellery designer Lorna Boyle took time out from her current studies in London to speak to Future Makers about what is currently inspiring her and future career goals. Lorna won the Future Makers Student Innovation Award last year for her contemporary jewellery collection while studying jewellery and metals at NCAD. Her creations include electroformed rings…

DESIGN CONVERSATIONS | Ceramic Designer Anthony Horrigan

Ceramic Designer Anthony Horrigan speaks to Future Makers about crossing the boundaries of gallery ceramics and working within Industry. Anthony received the 2013 Future Makers Student Innovation Award for his Amalgam collection. This collection of canisters were cast in fine bone china, laser etched into glaze, and gilded by hand in burnished gold and platinum….

Future Makers 2015 Now Open for Entries

Fund of over €25,000 recognises and supports emerging generation of Irish designers and makers Future Makers 2015 is open for entries. Online applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Future Makers Awards & Supports programme (www.futuremakers.ie) which rewards the next generation of Irish creatives, helping them develop an exciting future in the craft and…

Towel Clip Project: Future Makers Fixperts Award Winner 2014

Congratulations to Stephen Kerr, from Dublin 8 who was awarded the Fixperts Award, a new category for 2014, to promote creativity and social values through design. Stephen is a third year student at NCAD, studying Visual Communications and collaborated with fellow NCAD students Domenico De Lisi and Orianna Serra on the winning project. The title of…

Kilkenny Design Workshops 50th anniversary celebrated with interactive iPad app

Story of internationally renowned KDW presented through a new iPad app now available for download from the App Store or viawww.kdwapp.com “A concentration of young artists and designers would have stirred things up in most places…the effects were not long appearing…” William H. Walsh’s address to the Royal College of Art, London, 1998 Kilkenny Design Workshops (KDW)…

1,800 jobs and 200 new businesses to be created through Irish Design 2015

Ministers Bruton and Nash launch ID2015 to promote Ireland as a hub for design excellence 2015 has been designated as the year of Irish design. Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) is a year-long programme which will promote and celebrate Irish design with the aim of driving job-creation, growing exports and increasing competitiveness. Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation,…

design make transform: contemporary design & craft from future makers

  Future Makers Exhibition opens at Limerick School of Art & Design Award winning work from the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s Future Makers programme goes on display A curated selection of work by the 2013 and 2014 winners and recipients of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s Future Maker’s Awards & Supports…

Future Makers Awards 2014 – Masterclass Entrepreneurship and how Designers have the Advantage

On Wednesday the 11th of June, Frances Mitchell, Head of Programme Development,The Innovation Academy, UCD, gave a masterclass to the finalists in the Future Makers competition. Her talk was entitled “Entrepreneurship and how Designers have the Advantage”, which went down very well, to the extent that there was much demand for a copy of the presentation! Therefore, due to…

Future Makers Awards Night: 11th June 2014

Image above: Models Karen Fitzpatrick  & Teo Sutra wearing Jewellery by Student Innovation winner, Lorna Boyle. Photograph: Conor Healy Future Makers Awards Event, Fallon & Byrne, Dublin, June 11th, 2014 On Wednesday 11th June the annual Future Makers Awards & Supports ceremony took place upstairs  at Fallon & Byrne on Wicklow Street, Dublin. Some of Ireland’s most creative young designers…

Winners and Recipients of Future Makers Awards & Supports 2014

Fund of over €24,000 recognises and supports emerging generation of Irish designer-makers. Irish fashion designer Petria Lenehan who has already established a loyal following with fashionistas is among the winners and recipients of this year’s Design & Crafts Council of Ireland Future Makers Awards & Supports programme. With a total prize fund of over €24,000,…

Future Makers 2014 Awards & Supports: Shortlist of Makers

Future Makers Awards 2014 Shortlists Congratulations to all the makers who were shortlisted for the 2014 Future Makers Awards & Supports Selected by judges Joseph Walsh, Neil Read and Garrett Pitcher, this year’s shortlisted makers demonstrated a level of experimentation, quality of making, and imaginative use of skill in their work. We are delighted to publish…

Fixperts Creative Award

Design & Crafts Council of Ireland are delighted to launch a new Fixperts Creative Award as part of Future Makers 2014 This award is open to students and it recognizes and celebrates the positive social impact of outstanding design. The winning video will receive a €500 prize and submissions must be a sub 3min video of your project….

2014 Future Makers Assessors are Joseph Walsh, Garrett Pitcher & Neil Read

Future Makers 2014 is very excited this year to announce that the judges for the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s FM Awards & Supports programme are Joseph Walsh, Garrett Pitcher and Neil Read.   Joseph Walsh Joseph Walsh, widely regarded as one of Ireland’s most sought after designers, founded his studio and workshop in 1999…

Design Conversations: Rebecca Marsden – Winner of Future Makers 2013 Design Award

How important are the elements of fantasy and play in your designs? I think in order to realise something extraordinary, there must always be an element of fantasy. Only by striving to interpret things beyond our grasp can a design retain elements of mystery and wonder. Just as our minds wander, I try to allow…

Design Conversations: Furniture Maker Cillian O’Suilleabhain Speaks about Functionality in Design and his recent FM Award

How important is function in your work and do you believe that beauty in design results from it? Function is fundamental. No matter how good something looks, if it is not fit for purpose it has failed. As a designer/maker my role is to marry function to aesthetics. To create attractive and balanced furniture which,…

Design Conversations: Ceramic Designer Jackie Maurer discusses Functionality and Flexibility in her Future Makers Award Winning Work

  Image: Jackie Maurer receiving her 2012 Future Makers Award from Sonya Lennon What does your Future Makers Student Award mean to you?  To produce a series of ceramic objects that step outside the common characteristics of clay and for the work to be recognised and accepted in the contemporary crafts world has been a…

Great Video piece by Ceadogán Rugs

Check out this great video piece by Ceadogán Rugs. Shows you the incredible amount of work, design and man hours that go into making beautifully crafted rugs to warm your eyes, heart and feet! Click here to view.

Eily O’Connell Video Interview

Eily O’Connell speaks about winning the Future Makers Practitioners Award in 2009

Florence Harmelin Video Interview

Florence Harmelin speaks about winning the Future Maker grant for Residency and Training in 2009.

Renata Pekowska Video Interview

Renata Pekowska talks about her experience of winning the Future Practitioner grant for Training in 2009.

Ann Nolan Video Interview

Ann Nolan talks about her experience of winning the Future Maker Research and Development grant in 2009.

Claire McAlister – Video Interview

Claire McAlister talks about her experience of winning the Exhibition’s Assistance Grant in 2009.

Rachel Swan Video Interview

Rachel Swan talks about winning the studio assistance grant last year!

Interview with Orlaith Ross

2009 Emerging Maker Award winner Orlaith Ross talks about her €5,000 award!

Future Makers Video Interview with Gearoid Muldowney

Check out past winners of the Future Makers Awards and Grants. Gearoid Muldowney talks about his experience of winning the award in 2008. Visit Gearoids site to check out more of his work !

 
 
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