FORM Designmade in Carlow

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FORM Carlow, New Work

I applied to join “FORM Designmade in Carlow” at the end of 2015 and was delighted to accepted into the group in early January 2016. Form is funded and supported by the Local Enterprise Office as part of Carlow Co. Council.

FORM is a group of designer makers and craftspeople living and working in the Carlow region of Ireland.

Collectively our aim is to:

  • Raise the profile of designer makers and craftspeople producing high quality work in Co. Carlow
  • Promote Carlow as a destination for high quality design and craft
  • Provide a forum for the exchange of views, common objectives, collective activities, constructive criticism and feedback amongst highly skilled designer makers and craftspeople

I was one of three new members to join the group of 10 craftspeople. FORM was relaunched on the 9th March 2016 at the Dolmen Hotel in Carlow. The members of FORM are:

Photos: Joe Keogh


PIC: Joe Keogh.

PIC: Joe Keogh.

Joanna Doyle – Ceramics –


PIC: Joe Keogh.

PIC: Joe Keogh.

Jim Behan – Potter –


PIC: Joe Keogh.

PIC: Joe Keogh.

Ariane Tobin – Jewellery –



Liga Valge – Jewellery –

PIC: Joe Keogh.

PIC: Joe Keogh.

Martin Marley – Ceramics –


PIC: Joe Keogh.

Nicola Brown – Fine Art Textiles –



Leiko Uchiyama – Felt –



PIC: Joe Keogh.

PIC: Joe Keogh.

Tomomi McElwee – Texiles –



Emma Jane Champley  – Jewellery –

(sorry to Emma Jane for the photo but she was not able to attend the event)

Thanks to Joe Keogh for the photographs and to Kieran and John from the Enterprise Office for organising the event. Also, thanks to those who attended the launch including Kathleen Holohan, Bernie O’Brien (Carlow Co. Council), Emer Ferren (Crafts Council of Ireland) and Ann Mulrooney (Visual) to name a few.

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Martin Lyttle is a recognised Irish stone sculptor. With a sensitivity to the local lithology of an area, Martin works only with local Irish stone from quarries or found stone. He is interested in organic shapes and forms especially those found in nature. Much of his work is hand-polished so his works are wonderful to touch and hold. His work has been selected for the Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibitions and he has completed large scale public and private commissions. He is a member of FORM designmade in Carlow and the Blackstairs 9 Stones Artists Groups.

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