Getting Crafty at Stendhal – meet the makers

Stendhal is all about creative industries and we are delighted to announce a little change to our craft offering at the festival this year.

In past years we have hosted a craft village stall but this year we are focusing more on the makers of craft rather than the selling of the finished product.

We hope that this will inform and inspire people as to the work behind some beautiful handmade works of art.

Leona Devine

leona devine

Leona Devine is an honours graduate in Fine and Applied Art from the University of Ulster, where she specialised in Ceramics. Whilst in further education at Limavady College in 2006, Leona received her first commission, when she was selected by Limavady Borough Council to design and produce ceramic trophies for the Danny Boy Festival Music Competition.

She has undertaken several commissions since, including:

Sculpting a trophy for ‘Off the cuff’ NWRC Media Award City of Culture 2013 and gifts for various dignitaries including Anne Anderson, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States, Minister-Counsellor Xiang Xiaowei from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, the Right Honourable Andrew Robathan MP and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.

In 2014 Leona was awarded the Tyrone Guthrie Centre Regional Bursary by the Roe Valley Arts and Heritage Committee.

Leona’s work is greatly inspired by the natural landscape and environment where she lives and works. Based in the countryside, she draws inspiration from the rural landscape and the animals which inhabit it.


Fine Fish Yarns


Terri Carroll is a  slow-knitting, tea drinking, toddler-wrangling, colour-slinging fibre artist behind indie yarn label Fine Fish Yarns. What began as the extension of a hobby (knitting!) quickly progressed in to a passion not only for fantastic colour but also for natural, luxurious fibres. Drawing inspiration from literature, pop culture and toddler musings Terri dyes yarns that are multi layered, kaleidoscopic, intense, complex, inspired and really fun to knit with.


The Journeyman Saddler


James Adair is a Master Saddler, Side Saddle Specialist, Saddle Fitter and Leatherworker. He has worked with leather for over 30 years and has made everything from a side saddle to a cartridge bag, from a music manuscript bag to a briefcase, from a sword scabbard to a drinking jack. He also repairs and restores various leather items for clients. James also makes bespoke items for clients who have an idea for a bag, for example, and want it made into a reality! This year, James was invited to demonstrate at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, as part of the display on the Royal Warrant Holders Stand as he is a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust Craft Scholar.




Continuing with showcasing traditional crafts, Patrick Strahan is an expert blacksmith/maker from Barroerockforge in Co. Mayo and will be adding the heat to Stendhal by showcasing the art of smithing. Having previously displayed at Electric Picnic, with him, Julie Cryzek will be exhibiting some of their wares.  As registered members of the Crafts Council of Ireland and Irish Artists Blacksmiths Association, it is an opportunity to see this craft up close.

Working next to and together with Patrick is another blacksmith/maker, Roy McClelland, who will also be showcasing this traditional craft and his skills gathered over the years.  They plan to work on something together so we can’t wait to see what they might do!