'Irish Country Furniture 1700-2000, Revising and recycling our past' presented by Claudia Kinmonth, Friday 24 April, 1-2 pm, 2020. N.C.A.D., 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8, D08 K521.
Everyone is welcome to the new series of multi-disciplinary public talks Material Futures, a collaboration between National College of Art and Design's MA in Design History and Material Culture and the National Museum of Ireland. Kinmonth's highly illustrated talk discusses how the author's book Irish Country Furniture has been revisited and researched, while working towards a newly enlarged edition. Drawing on increased interest in sustainability, new emphasis is given to re-use, resourcefulness, and the use of far fewer domestic objects to fulfil many functions in Ireland in the past. The saving and re-using of flour bags, for example, even before Ireland's rationing of textiles during the 2nd World War, shows how aware manufacturers were of packaging and its potential for clothing, ceilings, bags, sheets etc., at the point of sale. The process of selection of additional material for the new book is discussed, as well as how previously rejected images have gained importance since the book's first edition in 1993.