Finished Ceramics

Got a quick window of opportunity today after interviews to photograph some of the ceramic pieces the students made during their workshop recently.  The difference when they have been glazed and fired! Huge thanks again to local ceramic artist/designer Maureen Finn.


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10 year Exhibition of Fashion and Textiles is a huge success!


What a wonderful evening of reunions! Students past and present chatting together and sharing experiences. Parents of past and present students so proud of their offspring! We were overwhelmed by the turnout and the support and well wishes last Friday night in the Gallery in Listoke House, Ballymakenny Road, Drogheda.

There was a constant swarm of visitors and we found ourselves struggling to chat with everyone on the night. It was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the success of the last 10 years of Fashion and Textiles in the Drogheda Institute of Further Education and see how students have progressed in their careers. So many different roads taken and so many wonderful success stories.

We hope that each and every student that cross our studio doors have an experience that they will always remember in DIFE. We pride ourselves on taking you under our wings and preparing you for progression into the big bad world of industry. Every single students needs matter and we try and make their experience in DIFE one to remember.

We would like to thank everyone that exhibited work and to those that contributed in other ways to help on the night. It was a whirlwind of memories and emotions and we are so lucky to have had so many wonderfully talented and creative people to work with over the years. The long hours and late nights are worth it!

As we always remind you…remember us when you are rich and famous!!

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Tonight is the Night!


Hectic day yesterday getting ready for tonights Celebration of 10years of Fashion and Textiles in Drogheda Institute of Further Education! Huge thanks to all that helped us throughout the day and voluntarily gave their time to do so.  It is looking good!

The Gallery in Listoke has been transformed into a homage to all our wonderful alumni from the last 10years and showcases all the wonderful creative talent that has graced our studios.  It is a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in a career in Fashion and Textiles to see where this course can lead you and the career possibilities in this industry.

We are so fortunate as teachers to have had an amazing bunch of students over the last 10years and it was wonderful to see how dedicated and appreciative they all are.  We have been inundated with support and well wishes and are overwhelmed by the support of everyone that has contributed to this wonderful event.

Last minute touches and some beautifying to be done and lets just enjoy a wonderful evening to celebrate all the wonderful people that have entered the doors of DIFEs Fashion and Textile Department and made such a huge mark on our lives. We are very proud teachers! See you all later!

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Ceramic Workshop


We had the pleasure of having local Ceramic Artist Maureen Finn in the studio to facilitate a 3-day/morning workshop with the Art and Design Group B and Fashion students.  Maureen introduced them to various techniques on the 1st day using 2 different types of clay.  She also showed them how to build structures using different techniques and how to incorporate texture onto the clay.

Day 1 and some students knew exactly what they wanted to do! Day 2 was constructing finished pieces based on any inspiration of their choice.  Maureen will return when pieces have been fired and the students will learn about glazing and get the opportunity to glaze their pieces this week.

All students thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and it was a welcome distraction from all the end of year assignments that are due this week! We will update the post when pieces have been glazed and fired.

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Black and White Texture Project

Sneak preview of some of the black and white embroidery samples that students are working on for the upcoming Exhibition in Listoke to celebrate 10years of Fashion and Textiles.  Students started this project by printing textures using random items covered in black paint.  These prints created wonderful textures that became the starting point for this project.  Students then had to interpret these textures using embroidery techniques that they have learned throughout the year.

Using a mix of hand and machine stitch and beading techniques each student will present a collection of samples for end of year.  It is a fantastic observational exercise as it gets the students to really look at the marks they made during the printing.  Translating these marks into fabric and stitch is not an easy thing to do!

Final samples will be framed as part of a group installation piece for the Exhibition in Listoke.  There will be lots more to see!

Exhibition is in The Gallery, Listoke, Ballymakenny Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth on the 11th May 2018 at 7.30pm and all are welcome to join us in celebrating a decade of Fashion and Textiles in DIFE.

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A Decade of Fashion and Textiles


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We are very happy to be celebrating 10years of the Fashion and Textile course in DIFE.  As part of these celebrations we will be hosting an Exhibition of past and present students of the course.  We are delighted to have booked The Gallery in Listoke just outside Drogheda for this one night only event on the 11th May at 7.30pm to showcase the wonderful work of all our current students and our Alumni.

It will be an opportunity to reunite people that have been through our doors and have progressed into their careers in their chosen area of specialisation.  We will have examples of garments, textile work and profiles of the jobs that students now have.  We have mentored so many talented people throughout the years and it will be a fantastic evening catching up with everyone.  Social Media has been a great way for us all to keep in touch and follow individual progression throughout the years.

The Fashion and Textile course began in humble surroundings in DIFE with a maximum intake of 10 students in its first year.  We had the pleasure of working in a small cramped mezzanine with 4 industrial machines that sounded like a freight train when they were all going!  Trips to Paris and London with students over the years became ‘memorable’ experiences! We were gradually moved to a different building as the course grew in popularity… off-site I might add! Mayoralty Street became the ‘Independent Republic of DIFE’ in our world!

DIFE had begun to expand and we returned to the main campus to a fantastic purpose built room that became the envy of the whole college.  It became a blank canvas that quickly filled up and housed the QQI Level 5 and Level 6 groups for the next few years.  Anyone that has graced our courses know that it isn’t an easy course! We work you hard but we get the results for our students.  We give 110% of our time and energy into what we do and we truly are delighted when students progress to where they want to be.  We are both lucky to have had previous careers in Industry so feel that this has benefited our students immensely in preparing them for progression.  It is always wonderful to see students progress to 3rd Level and then into careers that they have worked hard to attain.

We look forward to seeing everyone on the 11th May in Listoke on the Ballymakenny Road at 7.30pm and celebrating 10 wonderful years of Fashion and Textiles in DIFE!




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NCAD Results are in!!


Huge Congratulations to all our students in the Art and Design Group B group and the Fashion Design Group who received their NCAD portfolio letters last Friday and yesterday for some!  They certainly left us waiting long enough for results!  NCAD also changed the structure of their Portfolio brief this year with changes in the 1st year courses available to students too so lots of variables on previous years.

All students did exceptionally well and we are very proud of them all.  It has been a crazy busy few months working to meet deadlines and then waiting for results to be issued.  As it stands all students that submitted a portfolio this year to the various Colleges of Art and Design have secured a college place(pending matriculation) with some sitting on 5 or more offers.  Sometimes that be can be even more difficult for students as they struggle to choose!

At this stage students have 3 working weeks left in DIFE and they are working hard to complete all course work for final assessments.  For those that got successful in portfolio assessments they need to focus on securing Distinctions in their assessments now to secure the college place of their choice.


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