In the interest of the planet, kindness and Karma all my work is being produced either here where i can see it or to the highest ethical standards where products have to be made or prepared outside Ireland. My main textile line is made in a certified fair trade workshop in India run by a UK charity; the aim being to give sustainable employment and support to abused women. How great is that?! They are really wonderful to work with too. Here are some photos of my sheep pattern being made into aprons. I was going to start this post off with photos of my original sketches, and then the first samples but I can’t find them anywhere - a tidy up is required!
sounds interesting and the forecast is good.
Aprons and other bits displayed beautifully at new stockist Garden World in Wicklow. It is just off the N11 at Kilcoole.
Out today - taking some new photos to freshen up the website. Didn’t realise that really you need two batteries for a proper camera: one to use while the other one charges. Our session didn’t last long. Still… It is a beautiful day here in Dublin
Here I am with a real donkey - on mid-term break. I’ve lots of new work ready to go. It just isn’t photographed yet!
Just back from Showcase Ireland which finished in the RDS yesterday. With help I managed to make a virtue out of the big pole in the middle of my stand. It was a great show and I was delighted to win best new gift. As ever it is a bit of fun - a reunion with other similar designers and the nice shops we supply. Only nice sort of people run gift shops - it isn’t really a profession for hardened ruthless types.
Some records of my manic cushion designing from the run up to Christmas. I’ve been putting my membership of printblock to some use and attended some christmas fairs selling things entirely made by me. This I hope will feed into a small and changing range of cushions for sale in the new year. The donkey design mixing blue, biscuit fabric and grey was especially popular.
We are on one of our regular trips to West Cork and today went to one of the local large villages Castletownshend. It is a stately place with a strong Church of Ireland/English Culture. The Church is thankfully open, welcoming and contains some beautiful Harry Clarke Stained Glass. The street is very unusual for the area with many fine examples of georgian buildings mostly well maintained. The affluence of the place must have been very striking.
Her online shop features a lot of Irish dance-related designs, all of which are gorgeous gift ideas for a dancer. I love the “Dancers” apron, so I might have to ask for that one for Christmas or my birthday. And although I probably wouldn’t buy it, the “Dancing Horse” notebook is pretty much modeled after my life. Seriously, I’m an Irish dancer, a rider, and a harpist. All three are featured on the notebook. And I’m a redhead, just like the dancer holding the harp!