Launching to coincide with the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, the Love Irish Design initiative will see Arnotts host a celebration of contemporary Irish designers and will support Irish design with dedicated window displays and through Meet the Designer events, installations, live window demonstrations with the designers in the iconic Henry Street windows and much more. Craft work Imagined, Designed and Made in Ireland is being promoted in the Irish Craft Collection spaces throughout the store which include the home and gift, jewellery, ladies fashion and furniture departments.
This December will see The MART open its doors to a Christmas Market. Held over 3 weekends in December 8th,9th,15th,16th,22nd,23rd. The market will be located in the old fire station in Rathmines high street – one of the busiest’s pedestrian thoroughfares in Dublin! The market will be host to Art, Fashion, Craft, Jewellery, Antiques and Christmas Goodies. The MART Market will be an intimate affair with 20 stalls allowing you space to shine As well as essential Festive Decor The MART shall also feature video and installations from various MART artists to add to the creative atmosphere and give the visitors an dynamic art experience. After 7 years of successful national and international exhibitions MART as a visual arts organisation has a huge press and public awareness and will promote the market extensively both online and through Local, National press and radio.
Spaces are limited so be sure to submit your proposal before our deadline for sign up is November 25th.
To Book & more info visit: http://www.mart.ie/market
Seven art and design studios at the Design Tower are offering a variety of professional classes in their studios. This is a great opportunity to create and learn with some Irelands leading art & design professionals. Participants can learn the art of silversmithing, portrait sculpture, jewellery design & handskills, papermaking, porcelain, paperclay, sculpture and leather renovation & revival. There will also be an opportunity for participants to visit each of the studios to see the work created.
The dates are June 9, 10, 16 & 17.
Times vary for each studio.
Prices range from €75 for 1 day workshop, €230 to €335 for 2 days and €400 for 4 days. (prices for 2 & 4 day workshops include all materials)
See the full list at http://thedesigntower.blogspot.com/ or phone the individual studios for more information.
The new series of Craft Master is looking for individuals who have foundations skills in Basketry, Millinery, Knitting, Furniture or Jewellery, and who want to bring their craft to the next level using a mixture of traditional and contemporary skills acquired on a residential Master Class with a top maker in their discipline.
The Amateur Apprentices will compete for a stand at Showcase – Ireland’s Creative Expo run annually by the Crafts Council of Ireland, which generates over €20 million worth of sales orders over the 4 days of the event.
The closing date for applications is 6th June 2012.
Contact details for members of the public
Call: 048 3083 4046
To apply online:
Big Mountain Productions in conjunction with the Crafts Council of Ireland are delighted to announce that production has begun on a second series of ‘Craft Master’, the BAI co-funded series for RTÉ television. The hugely successful series presented by Sonya Lennon (photo), showcases the very best in up and coming Irish craft makers.
If you are travelling through T2 in Dublin airport this Christmas check out the unique Irish jewellery exhibition featuring 16 of Ireland’s top jewellery designer-makers. The exhibition is open to visitors at Terminal 2 (T2) at Dublin Airport from Monday 14 November, showcasing the best of Irish jewellery design to the hundreds of thousands of holiday travellers passing through the busy hub between now and the new year.
The exhibition, featuring 16 of Ireland’s top jewellery designer-makers, will reflect the diversity of contemporary Irish design. The makers will hold jewellery making demonstrations giving passengers flying in and out of Ireland the opportunity to appreciate the fine craftsmanship of each individually designed piece. A selection of work from the exhibition will travel to Munich in Germany in February for a major international trade fair, Inhorghenta.
The jewellery designers featured at the T2 exhibition include well established jewellers such as Eily O’Connell (photo to right), Breda Haugh, Alan Ardiff, , Geraldine Murphy and Filip Vanas. The beautiful pieces, all “Imagined, Designed and Made in Ireland”, are available to purchase at the House of Ireland shop in T2 and can be seen on http://www.giveirishcraft.com/products/jewellery-makers.
Dates 2 – 24 December 2011
Venue: The Design Corner Park House
[opposite the People’s Park] Georges Street,
Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
For further Information contact:
Suzanne May- 087-2676650
THE DESIGN CORNER
Craft Designers of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown are back on Dun Laoghaire main street for the month of December!
DLR Jewellery Designers promised their supporters that they would return to Dun Laoghaire after the success of the previous shop in April 2011. Now joined by 10 other Designers from the County, the work of 22 designers and craft workers from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown will be available to buy direct from the makers in THE DESIGN CORNER for the month of December.
The Design Corner will become the talk of the town and the destination shop for the south of Dublin this Christmas. Designs and collections not commonly available in other locations such as , jewellery , cards & prints , sock dogs, children’s Knitwear , slate Tableware , paper lanterns, Vintage evening bags , ceramics, dolls, hats and much more, will guarantee to tempt the most discerning shopper! The Designers have made special decorations for THE DESIGN CORNER tree that will cheer any home or can be just added to your collection.
Just drop in and check out the talent in the county but remember THE DESIGN CORNER is only there for the month of December.
This project is made possible by the continued support of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Enterprise Board [www.dlrceb.ie] as part of their ongoing range of supports for local small business.
Check in to our Facebook page as we unwrap the Designs.
It’s now the final month of Year of Craft 2011 and the calendar of events is still packed full with craft exhibitions, workshops, fairs and much more. Check out http://designerdublin.ie/category/events/
There are lots of pop-up shops, fairs and markets taking place across Ireland in the run up to Christmas – providing great opportunities for you to purchase Irish craft and also to have a great family day out. Through our Give Irish Craft Campaign the Crafts Council of Ireland is encouraging consumers to choose authentic, Irish made craft this Christmas, with beautifully crafted gifts designed and made in Ireland available from €5 – see www.giveirishcraft.com
To support Dublin designers check out http://designerdublin.ie/give-craft.
Buy a craft and treasure it for life!
TheDesignBasket.com launched on Nov 16th with 40+ designers and a product selection ranging from jewellery to ladies’ and men’s accessories, gifts for children and beautiful items for the home. Some of the very exciting designers include Melissa Curry, Celtos Croi and Filip Vanas. Designers are carefully selected to ensure a high quality environment for customers and designers alike. It means customers are guaranteed that when they buy from The Design Basket they are purchasing high quality products from only the best designers in Ireland.
“My vision is to bring Irish contemporary design to the world’s fingertips. There are so many incredibly talented designers & craftspeople throughout Ireland. They are exhibiting at local fairs and selling in boutiques but remain a secret to the online marketplace both within and outside Ireland. We aim to recreate online the excitement and passion often found in quirky little boutiques and craft fairs”. We have created an online space where people can shop for a very unique and special present. Each item has been lovingly created and the customer, whether from here or abroad, can learn all about where in Ireland the item came from and who designed it. It creates a more personalised shopping experience drawing on a deeper connection with the designer of the product.
Often, designers do not have the personal resources to invest in an online business. The Design Basket enables the designers to sell online, but handles the e-commerce, marketing and PR freeing up the designer to focus on their craft. In recent years Ireland has achieved a reputation as a world-class source of contemporary fine craft however there is little online availability of contemporary Irish design for the international market (still largely traditional online Irish shops). The Craft Council of Ireland commissioned an analysis of the Economic Significance and Potential of Irish Craft in Nov 2010. This study reported that 40% of craft purchasers find it hard to locate stockists and that there is potential to increase the sale of Irish craft (domestically and through exports) by €205 million.
Our journey to launch is featuring in a new television series that is part of a major RTE campaign to support Irish jobs. Aired on November 23rd ‘Local Heroes – A Town Fights Back’, followed Sarah Jane as she launched her business in Drogheda. In the programme she is working alongside a team of experts including Senator Fergal Quinn and successful entrepreneur Jerry Kennelly to bring The Design Basket to the international market (available on RTE player).
We look forward to reactions to the diversity in our designer offerings………and hope that you will react like we did – with surprise, wonder, delight and excitement!
We are expanding our designer base on an ongoing basis. If you would like to apply to join our designer collective, please fill out and return the application form at the following link http://www.thedesignbasket.com/sell-with-us.php
We look forward to hearing from you.
Sarah Jane Lynch.
Running for the month of November in Project 51, South William Street, Dublin in support of ’Movember’ charity
Fashionable men of Ireland, do you feel forgotten about when it comes to looking for something different? Well ‘Project 51’ on South William street has the perfect solution this November. We are hosting a very special men’s fashion festival for the whole month, showcasing the very best of Irish handmade menswear. From edgy trilbys by milliner Martha Lynn to funky knitwear by Edmund Mc Nulty and an array of quirky cufflinks by Saba jewellery, there really is something for every taste.
Complimentary to that ‘feel good’ factor of treating yourself and beating your partner in the style stakes, 10% of any sale that is made to a man sporting a moustache will go to the ‘Movember’ charity. We at ‘Project 51’ are keen to support this initiative that raises vital funds and creates awareness of men’s health, specifically prostate cancer. In 2010, Irish Mo Bros and Mo Sistas raised a staggering €1.6 million so we want to help to contribute towards this fundamental charity and beat last years figures.
So come on in guys and indulge in Irish fashion. It’s not often that you get all the best designers in one place creating chic clothes and accessories tailored just for you.
Lisa Ryder – silk printed cravats and suit tissues
Brendan Joseph – hand knitted scarves
Eily ‘O Connell – organically shaped cufflinks and jewellery
Edmund Mc Nulty – contemporary men’s knitwear
Eoin Mc Donnell of Precious – diamond encrusted cufflinks
Saba jewellery – quirky cufflinks
Martha Lynn – men’s trilbys
Anna Faye – edgy ‘Man bags’
Heather Finn – Soft cashmere scarves
Claire O Connor – silk men’s ties
Ruby Jewels – sophisticated cufflinks
ARM’s menswear label – contemporary men’s shirts
Tuttys shoes – sophisticated mens leather shoes
Sinead Doyle – edgy shirts and suits
Caiomhe Keane – natural luxury shirts and suits
Dinge shirts – classic shirts
Sinead Clarke – Mens marino woolen scarves