Vists from Griffith College

Fashion student browse degree work

Fashion student browse degree work

The Fashion students had a visit from Griffith College’s head of fashion Jane Leavey. Jane brought samples of current students work for the class to see and explained the content of the courses available at Griffith College.

The college has been a popular choice with Coláiste Ide students in the past with several graduates currently in the process of completing the degree programme there.

Jane Leavy talks to the fashion students

Jane Leavy talks to the fashion students

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Visiting Artists leads the way in Paint

The art classes kick started their painting module with a workshop from past students and now full time artist Cliona Fox last week.

Cliona is a mature student who attended Coláiste Ide some years ago and progressed to NCAD where she completed a degree in painting and has since established herself as a full time artist.

She spent the day with the art students talking about her work and demonstrating paint techniques she uses in her work. This will be very helpful as they make their way through their painting block.

For further details on Cliona’s work see her website:

http://www.clionafoxart.com/

Fashion students learn the basics of stitch

Fashion students have been exploring the possibilities of hand and machine stitch this week. For many it is their first time to sew by hand and so they start with basics like running stitch, back stitch, satin stitch, cross stitch and french knots.

Rebecca experiments with couching

Rebecca experiments with couching

Once the students understand the stitches they begin to explore their potential to create texture and surface by stitching on various grounds they have prepared over the past few weeks. They refer to their drawing and notebook research as inspiration for their use of stitch.

Lauren stitches on printed paper

Lauren stitches on printed paper

Exploring Surface

Fashion students have been preparing a variety of mixed media surfaces for Embroidery. These include experiments with techniques such as mono and block printing, transfer dying, bonding and guilding. Students are encouraged to explore the potential of these techniques alone and in combination.

College Open Days

Art and Fashion classes have been visiting the Dublin college open days at DIT, IADT and NCAD in the past week. At each college they meet with lecturers and students, explore the facilities, learn about the courses on offer and sample the atmosphere of each college.

Our current students benifit from meeting graduates of Coláiste Ide now studying in 3rd level, who can give a great insight into the day to day experience of college life, such as Deirbhle and Alex (pictured) in NCAD.