Monday Makes

Monday Makes: A patchwork bag and the beginnings of a tea dress!

Hello! It's hard to believe this is my first post of 2014 - where have those months gone?! I'm sorry for abandoning the Quill for a while; job changes and work commitments have eaten up a lot of my time and energy over the past few months. However, I'm pleased to say that during this… Continue reading Monday Makes: A patchwork bag and the beginnings of a tea dress!

ReFound Makes

ReFound Makes: Nuala Maguire

This month's ReFound Makes gives a glimpse into the work of Nuala Maguire, a Belfast-based artist who specialises in upcycling and sustainable products. She trained in footwear and accessory design and now works as a costume designer, as well as making stitched, crocheted and knitted cushions, bags, cards and accessories under her Bluebird Belfast brand.… Continue reading ReFound Makes: Nuala Maguire

ReFound Makes

ReFound Makes: Nuala Maguire

This month's ReFound Makes gives a glimpse into the work of Nuala Maguire, a Belfast-based artist who specialises in upcycling and sustainable products.
 

CRAFTING, PQ Q&A

The PQ Q&A: Melanie Bond Jewellery

Keeping with the theme of August Craft Month, the second PQ Q&A  brings you the bold, colourful, larger-than-life creations of Co. Down jewellery maker Melanie Bond. Self-taught, she has been creating handmade jewellery for ten years, launching Melanie Bond Jewellery in 2010. Her pieces have been commissioned by celebrities, adorned catwalk models, and featured on… Continue reading The PQ Q&A: Melanie Bond Jewellery

PQ Q&A

The PQ Q&A: Melanie Bond Jewellery

Keeping with the theme of August Craft Month, the second PQ Q&A  brings you the bold, colourful, larger-than-life creations of Co. Down jewellery maker Melanie Bond.
 

CULTURE, PQ Q&A

The PQ Q&A: Papergirl Belfast

This is the first in a new regular feature I am introducing - The PQ Q&A. The plan at the moment is to post a Q&A article every other Friday. The frequency may change (it might work better weekly, or monthly), but the day will stay the same. The subject could be an artist, individual,… Continue reading The PQ Q&A: Papergirl Belfast

CULTURE, PQ Q&A

The PQ Q&A: Papergirl Belfast

The first PQ Q&A is with the two-woman team behind Papergirl Belfast, a lovely initiative aimed at distributing free artworks to members of the public. Jodie Young, a graphic designer, and Julie Steenson, who works in book publishing, tell us how their love of art led them to becoming papergirls...

CULTURE

Mike Moloney

As someone who treasures the vibrant arts culture Northern Ireland now enjoys (it was one of my main motivations in starting this blog in the first place), I wanted to write a tribute to Mike Moloney, who died following a tragic accident at his home on 20th April 2013. Mike was from Australia, but moved… Continue reading Mike Moloney

CULTURE

Mike Moloney

As someone who treasures the vibrant arts culture Northern Ireland now enjoys, I wanted to write a tribute to Mike Moloney.
 

The Great British Sewing Bee 2013

All hail, Queen Ann! The Great British Sewing Bee final.

It's Tuesday, it's 8pm... and there is a massive hole of despair in the TV schedule that could only be repaired with needle and thread.The last time I so completely and utterly gave myself over to a television programme in this way, the year was 1991 and the programme was Knightmare.Fast forward 22 years (how… Continue reading All hail, Queen Ann! The Great British Sewing Bee final.