Craftworkers’ pop-up shop
The Clare Champion, Friday, June 29th, 2012
Clare Museum is facilitating an artists and craftworkers’s pop-up shop for the rest of the summer. Following on from the first artisan pop-up shop established in Market Street earlier this year, the initiative will transform the Westropp Room, a space that is under utilised during the summer months and provide an additional public attraction to the museum for the summer season.
Members of the public are invited to browse, engage with the work and meet the makers on a daily basis. Visitors can buy directly from the makers or can discuss specific commissions with all of the members exhibiting there. Among those displaying the works are Steph Gahan, the talent behind the SAOLRE knitware range and Niamh O’Brien, trading as FortyCoatsFiftyPockets.
The works are displayed on contemporary furniture in Irish hardwoods created by John Hogan.
Commenting on the initiative, museum curator John Rattigan said, ‘The addition of the craftworkers adds a creative dimension to the museum and, as many of the crafts have ancient origins, the initiative is complementary to many aspects of the museums’ permanent exhibition.’