Childrens Online Workshop (Spoonville)

Childrens Online Workshop (Spoonville)

 

Benchspace Cork in association with the Design and Craft Council of Ireland Keep Well Campaign present an online workshop for the younger makers.

The very first Spoonville was started in Winnersh, Berkshire, England by Karen Vass who came up with the idea of making Spoony characters from wooden spoons as a way of cheering up her local community during Covid-19 lockdown.

All the Spoonvilles around the world have been created as something fun, interactive and safe to do during the Covid-19 pandemic.

With communities locked down and unable to get together themselves, there are no rules for Spoony people and so Spoonville populations everywhere are growing and growing. www.spoonvilleinternational.com is a website set up to keep a track on these gatherings.

 

You’ll need …

 

  • Wooden/serving spoon
  • Pipe cleaners Or twigs or chop sticks
  • Fabric scraps
  • Googly eyes or marker to draw in eyes
  • Yarn
  • Needle and thread
  • PVA/child-safe glue
  • Paint – use acrylic paint if the spoon is to go outdoors
  • Scissors (have a parent help)

 

Once you’ve collected your supplies, you can follow this online workshop by Amanda (Sew Happy)

 

 

 

New Operations Manager for Benchspace Cork

New Operations Manager for Benchspace Cork

The Board of Benchspace Cork has announced the appointment of Maeve Murphy to the new position of Operations Manager. 

Benchspace was established in 2017 to provide the next generation of makers, product designers and creative professionals with an enterprise-focused manufacturing facility in the City of Cork. A space where anyone with a passion for product design, or a talent for making can access the equipment, space and resources they need to commercialise their abilities, grow new enterprise, and bring product-based businesses to life.

Announcing Ms Murphy’s appointment, Fergus Somers, Chairperson of the Board of Benchspace, said: “On behalf of the Board of Benchspace, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Maeve Murphy to the new position of Operations Manager. Maeve joins us at an exciting time of development and growth and her appointment now marks an exciting step in the implementation of the Regional Enterprise Development Fund grant that we were awarded last year from Enterprise Ireland. Maeve will bring a wealth of experience and energy to the role which will be of major benefit to the organisation. Maeve will play a key role in developing and implementing our strategy to develop a pathway for the next generation of makers, product designers and creative professionals to engage with Benchspace.

Commenting on her appointment, Maeve Murphy said: “I’m absolutely thrilled and honoured to be leading Benchspace Cork and extremely excited about joining at this pivotal moment in its growth. I want to continue to build on the success and ambitions of this energetic and dynamic organisation. Supporting and growing creative enterprises and communities has been a strong theme throughout my career. I’m excited to be working with an organisation that is encouraging the growth of creative enterprises and also retaining that talent in the south west region of Ireland. I’m looking forward to working with our Chairperson, the Board, the Benchspace makers and all our partners.”

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Notes to Editors

About Benchspace

Benchspace was established in 2017 to provide the next generation of makers, product designers and creative professionals with an enterprise-focused manufacturing facility in the City of Cork. A space where anyone with a passion for product design, or a talent for making can access the equipment, space and resources they need to commercialise their abilities, grow new enterprise, and bring product-based businesses to life.

About Maeve Murphy

Maeve is a passionate advocate for Irish craft & design and brings with her a breadth of experience spanning arts management and practice. She holds a BA (Hons) in Design in Textiles from GMIT and an MA in Cultural Policy & Arts Management from UCD. With over 10 years’ experience working in the Arts across multiple disciplines, Maeve has worked with Music Network, Music Generation and was the Programme Coordinator for the West Cork Chamber Music Festival. Also an entrepreneur, Maeve co-founded Forest & Flock, an independent Irish craft & design retail shop. Previously she held the position of Operations Manager with Cork Craft and Design and Programme Coordinator for Cork Craft Month working closely with over 100 Craftspeople and Designers in County Cork.

BENCHSPACE CORK COMPANY LIMITED BY GUARANTEE – Company Number: 602718

DIRECTORS: Fergus Somers, Tony Farrell, Alice Dooley, David Scannell, Peter Johnson, Ian Barron, Christine Byrne, Sam Russell

DIR 2020: An introduction to the history of French cabinetmaking, from Louis XIII (17th century) to the early 20th century

DIR 2020: An introduction to the history of French cabinetmaking, from Louis XIII (17th century) to the early 20th century

Benchspace’s Designer in Resident 2020 Élise Rousselot shared her amazing knowledge about furniture design with us in a presentation about “An introduction to the history of French cabinetmaking, from Louis XIII (17th century) to the early 20th century.

If you missed the event last Friday and/or would like to hear more about the eras influenced cabinet making in France and the materials & tools that were available at the time, you can watch the recording of the talk here:

 

 

Connections

Connections

As part of Cork Craft Month and in collaboration with Blackwater Studios, we present “The Connections Project”

Connections seeks to engage a community of makers, from traditional to digital, embracing new methods of making. This group originally coalesced around the Benchspace Open Source PPE response over the early months of covid-19 outbreak in Ireland, many of whom have never met in person. To mark the project, members of the group have again collaborated to design and build a structure around themes of loss, achievement, and future connections. The project culminates with participants meeting finally to assemble the structure on site in the courtyard of Backwater studios where it will remain for the week.

Benchspace is a creative hub in Cork City. It was established to provide affordable access to workbenches and professional standard machinery to hobbyists, learners, makers and designers.

Benchspace PPE Project Report

March this year was a month that changed everything for many people, as the seriousness of the impending Covid 19 pandemic began to take hold and businesses around the world began to shut down we saw a number of maker spaces taking action and we at Benchspace wanted to be part of that.

We began our PPE project with just 4 people, it expanded to include 100’s.

Read the full report

Benchspace PPE Project