Arty Marty's Parties

The Kids Art Academy at Dross Evolution is the Perfect place for your child's birthday party. We have over 20 themes available inc. Mad Hatter, Harry Potter, Sponge Bob, Mine Craft, Magical Unicorn etc. We can also design a party around your own theme. Great Fun for the Kids and No hassle (or mess) for you. 

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The "Wombles" Drop In Art Club

A womble is a fictional furry creature that lives on Wimbledon Common. He?she collects things that the common man throws away and put it to good use. We at the Kids Art Academy do the same thing. It always amazes me what children make with the huge variety of Factory Floor Waste materials that we get donated from local companies. The Wombles Drop In Art Club runs every week Tues to Fri from 2pm to 4.30pm. No Booking is necessary. Just drop the kids in and go and have a coffee. Children will have a blast. €10 per session

Remember You're A Womble. 

Sallins "Its a Knock Out" Free Fun Day 8th April

What a Fantastic day was had by All at the Sallins "Its a Knock Out" Free Fun Day yesterday. Over 30 children made Save our Seas Fishy Puppets with us, as well as tons of other free activities. I love days like these. It brings communities together and creates awareness to thegreat place we live in. Photos to follow.

Do you have a Girls Communion or Birthday coming up. Dross Evolution are now offering The Magical Princess Unicorn Party. Fantastic Fun for girls from 3 to 12

All children will make Beautiful Unicorn Headbands and Paintings as well as play lots of exciting and fun games. Beautiful Unicorn face Painting, Dancing, Prizes, Party Bags are included in party package. We also provide overalls so clothes stay nice and clean. All this for only €12 per child. To book Now click Here

A company's greatest resource ends up in landfill

Every day Manufacturers throw away tons of perfectly usable quality materials in the form of factory floor waste or "Dunnage" as its known in the industry.

It seems to me that there is a mental block to the value that these materials can have for the company as well to schools and colleges, artists and designers, photographers and set designers.

 Dunnage can be used to promote a company's brand, ethos and interest in being sustainable. How? I hear you ask, well for starters waste materials can be transformed into Art. This art can be designed specifically for a company to act as a visual statement to the viewer of a company's values. It is vital to our environment that industry has a mission for dunnage. Recycling, upcycling, repurposing, are all buzz words at the moment and I for one am delighted that they are.  Clients and customers want to know that industry is interested and passionate about our environment by having a thought out plan for their waste. 

Dunnage is also extremely valuable resource to schools, colleges, artists and designers. Art materials are extremely expensive and for students and artists having access to dunnage gives them opportunities to create art and design from materials that are free and would otherwise end up in landfill. "Recreate" in Ballymount ind. est is a non-profit company that will collect surplus materials from businesses for use as art, craft, play and educational materials by thousands of groups working with children, young people, the active retired and others.



Dross Evolution at Newbridge Silverware

The Exhibition, Dross Evolution,  July 2017 in Newbridge Silverware, featuring Art Work from 16 Artists from all disciplines. Each of the Artists were given the challenge to create an art Work using Newbridge Silverwares Factory Floor Waste and any other recycled materials they wanted to use. The challenge had to be completed within 6 weeks and I think you will agree when you see each artists work that they all succeeded. Below is an introduction to the other 15 artists involved

Emer Giblin. Emer and I studied together in NCAD, Textiles Art and Artefact. She has recently graduated with an Hons Bachelors Degree. Emer is a textile designer and does Super, Amazing things with plastics. I love her work.
She has 4 stunning pieces in the exhibition titled, Celtic Blossoms 1,2,3 and 4 made from Newbridge Silverware Factory Floor Waste, Plastic, Leather, Wire, Beads
Price; No.1 and 2 @ €150 each No. 3 and 4 @ €180 each. If you wish to purchase any or all of her pieces you can contact her here…
#drossevolution #newbridgesilverware

Damase Morin.

Damase studied Fine Art in GMIT and creates fantastic metal and wood sculptures. I have admired his work for some time and secretly envy his skills.
His piece in the exhibition is untitled but I think it speaks for itself. Made with Newbridge Silverware's waste materials and scrap metals. €385. If you wish to purchase this striking piece or any of his work, you can contact him here
#newbridgesilverware #drossevolution

Nicole Bannon.
Nicole is a Fine Art Textiles Student at NCAD and is a girl after my own heart. She creates Fantastic illuminated Structures from recycled plastic tubing. She also uses multiples in her wild jewellery pieces. I can't wait to see what she does for her degree show.
Her piece in the Exhibition is titled Static Restraint 1 and 2
and is made with Newbridge Silverwares Factory Floor Waste, plastic and wire Price; €50 each
If you are interested in purchasing Nicoles piece or following her progress in college you can contact her here Nicole Bannon
#drossevolution #newbridgesilverware

Orla O' Regan.

Orla is a Visual Artist from Cork and works with ceramics, paints and mixed media. She makes beautiful bespoke porcelain art with messages for any occasion. I found it difficult to choose a piece of her work to share here because they are all so beautiful.
She has 2 pieces in the Dross Evolution Exhibition and they are titled To The Moon 5"x5" €95 and Take my Heart 3.5"x5" €65 both are made with Newbridge Silverware Factory floor Waste, Porcelain, Slate and Wire. If you would like to purchase either or both of these pieces or view her other work, you can contact her here #drossevolution #newbridgesilverware

Karrie Campbell.

I met Karrie at the Fabulous Stendhal Festival in Limavady while doing a Residency with them, and I got to see her fabulous crochet creations. She is the Crochet Captain at Valley Wool School in Limavady and, she covers trees, cars, poles, chairs etc in fabulously bold coloured crochet.
Her piece in the Exhibition is titled; Colours of Home
and is made withNewbridge Silverwares Factory Floor Waste, and Yarn Price; €60
If you wish to purchase her piece or get her to crochet a wooly jumper for your car ;-) you can contact her here Karrie Campbell
#drossevolution #newbridgesilverware

Patricia Stacke-kelly

She creates beautiful collages using a variety of materials. She studied Art Therapy in Crawford College in Cork. She has 3 stunning pieces of wall art in the exhibition titled Title; Portal and are created from Newbridge Silverwares Factory Floor Waste, and Mixed Media
Price; No.1 and 2 @€380 and No. 3@ €300
If you are interested in purchasing any or all 3 of Patricias pieces you can contact her here…
#drossevolution #newbridgesilverware

Roseanne Mooney.

Roseanne uses oils in her palette knife paintings. She exhibits her vibrant paintings in the Peoples Art exhibition in Stephens Green as well as the Creation room. She will also be exhibiting at the Lucan Art Fair on the 19th of May. I just love the energy in her paintings.
Her piece in the Dross Evolution Exhibition is titled Jacobean and is made with Newbridge Silverware Factory Floor Waste, and Oil on Canvas, Size; 21”x25” Price; €145
If you would like to purchase her piece or any of her work, you can contact her here,

Kirsten Hodgson

Kirsten is in her final year in NCAD and working towards her Honours, Bachelors Degree. This girl is so talented and I just love her work. Her stunning piece is Titled; "Upcycled Weave" 50 cm x 50 cm, Price €275. It is created from upcycled textiles woven into Newbridge Silverwares Factory Floor Waste,. Below is her work and the piece of Waste she was give to work her magic on. This really beautiful piece is available to be seen in the Visitors Centre in Newbridge Silverware. If you wish to purchase this beautiful and Unique piece you can contact Kirsten here,

Liga Valge.

Originally from Latvia, Liga Valge is a self-taught polymer clay jewellery designer maker who now lives and works in Tullow, Co. Carlow. I love her use of colour and shape in her pieces.
Her piece in the Dross Evolution Exhibition is titled WasteWare and is created from Newbridge Silverwares Factory Floor Waste and polymer clay. €120 If you wish to purchase her this or any of her stunning jewellery you can contact her here.
#drossevolution #newbridgesilverware

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