On Wednesday the 14th of October, I visited the Craft hub Limerick on Lower Cecil St to do some research on Kate Ramsay, founder and proud owner of Fabulous Felt as part of a group project for my Introduction to Digital Media Module in college. Myself and two of my group members, Niamh McInerney and Fiona O’Connell drove into town and after a number of minutes walking around like headless chickens looking for the craft hub we gave up on our own sense of direction and pulled out google maps. Luckily the Craft hub itself is in quite a central location, only a 5 minute walk from Arthur’s Quay.
On arrival we entered the hub where an array of impressive craft pieces were on display by various craftsmen and women, with various price tags on them, everything from ceramic and clay pieces to hand forged iron work and of course, the impressive display of felted crafts by Kate Ramsay.
We entered the studio space where Fabulous Felt is based out of and I began to video a quick interview with Kate Ramsay to learn more about her work. She explained in great detail where her love for the felt material came from and she explained her various products however she mostly produces scarves. We were introduced to one of her Jobsbridge assistants who gave us a quick demonstration of how they create a toggle scarf. Then we were introduced to Tess Kelly Stack who demonstrated the messy job of dying the fabric. Personally I found it interesting how they achieved the various patterns and transitions between the colours, they boil each piece for up to an hour to infuse the colours!
The trip to Fabulous felt at The Limerick Craft Hub overall definitely benefited our group project. Although there was plenty of information on-line, we learned much more about the history of Fabulous Felt and the process of creating these pieces.