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RDS date for woodturning Walkinstown craftworker

Wednesday, 27th November, 2019 7:59am
RDS date for woodturning Walkinstown craftworker

Kathleen Walsh, whose wooden bowls handcrafted with resin will feature at Gifted – The Contemporary Craft and Design Fair in the RDS, from December 4-8.

RDS date for woodturning Walkinstown craftworker

Kathleen Walsh, whose wooden bowls handcrafted with resin will feature at Gifted – The Contemporary Craft and Design Fair in the RDS, from December 4-8.

A WALKINSTOWN mum with a love for woodturning and a knack for model making will be showing her original creations at Gifted – The Contemporary Craft and Design Fair in the RDS FROM December 4-8.

Kathleen Walsh, from St Mary’s Road, combines handcrafted wood with resins to create wooden bowls with beautifully translucent jewel coloured tops.

A model maker and design technician with the Institute of Art and Design Technology in Dun Laoghaire, Kathleen grew up around wood.

"I have always loved working with wood and at this stage my passion has become an obsession,” said Kathleen.

“My dad and brothers ran a furniture making business in Wexford so I was always around lathes, but when I moved to Dublin I didn’t have the space to keep one.”

Finally getting the chance to return to her old passion 18 months ago, Kathleen decided to combine her design technician skills with her wood working ones.

“I work helping students in the model making workshop and it is very hands-on so I’ve learnt to mould and use lots of different materials," said Kathleen.

“It took about a year and a half and lots of mistakes, but I finally found a way of making resins adhere to wood by using both traditional woodturning and resin casting techniques.”

Having studied sculpture and trained as teacher at Limerick School of Art, Kathleen taught at second level for some years before joining the staff at IADT.

Kathleen’s partner Rob and sons Rowan (10) and Evan (8) are very supportive of her new venture.

“The response has been very enthusiastic and I’m really looking forward to showing the work to the public at Gifted,” she added.

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