Trees on the Farm - Creative Use of Land - Day 2 - 10th July - 10am - 4pm
Day 2 will focus on the alternative uses for timber trees / on a farm. Small dimension timber such as hazel etc has multiple uses, and these can be used both as farming aids, art pieces or craft production. This Exchange will feature examples of hurdle (fence) making, as well as artist creating beautiful wooden pieces that can add value to the growing timber. Joe Gowran (CEO of Woodlands of Ireland) will lead the exchange, and will be supported by Niall Miller of Fuinseog Woodland Crafts. Contemporary sculptors are particularly encouraged to join this exchange.
Joe Gowran and Niall Miller
Artist: John Gerrard
Joe Gowran (CEO - Woodlands of Ireland)
Joe has a background in practical woodland management focussed on semi-natural woodland, creating new native woodland and the conservation of related habitats such as hedges and scrub. His early training began in Leitrim with Crann/FÁS in 1987, followed by 11 years with Ashling Woodland Development Co-operative Society Ltd /AWD Ltd, doing a mix of Broadleaf afforestation, Woodland Improvement in the private sector and contract work for Coillte Teo. and NPWS. Joe also worked with colleagues in Muintir na Coille/ Coppice Association on conferences, training initiatives and a variety of woodland craft projects from 1995 to 2018. He has been involved with Woodlands of Ireland in various capacities almost continuously since its inception in 1998 and carried out a number of the earliest contracts in both the Native Woodland Conservation and Establishment Schemes from 2001.
Niall Miller (Founder - Fuinseog Woodland Crafts)
Niall started woodturning and green woodworking in the 1990s, aiming to highlight the variety and colour in native timber species. In 2001, Niall started Fuinseog Woodland Crafts, and joined the Leitrim Design House. This has given him the opportunity to work with artists and designers in new and exciting ways. The range of items that he turns include: garden dibbers, seed dibbers and bird feeder mobiles for the garden, honey spoons, potato mashers, pot stirrers and garlic crushers for the kitchen.
Gerardine Wisdom is an artist who works in rushwork basketry and also in ceramics. Uniquely in Ireland, she has taken this ancient craft of rushwork and turned it into a new Irish Art Form in sculpture. Gerardine has passion for rushes and is inspired by the natural beauty she sees around her in the Irish landscape where she lives,
especially in its lake and shores of the Shannon. Recent work: 2021 Rushwork horse sculpture 'Brave' for The Applefest in Clonmel. Rushwork ‘Cocoons’ commissioned for the Tourist Office in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. Gerardine worked with John Gerrard to make the Cornwork straw costumes from barley, wheat and rye stalks.