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!
Visit Dublin have just launched a video showing the best things to do in Dublin -for people with short attention spans. Everything is shown for only one second! I am delighted that one of my bags is in this video - briefly and only incidentally at 22 seconds in..
The Irish Aesthete Blog
If you are very interested in Irish Architecture like me and have a particular love for vernacular buildings - have a look at this wonderful blog by Robert O’Byrrne today. I have just read an educational post about this traditional cottage at Ballilogue http://www.ballilogueclochan.com which is where these photos come from. I recommend the newsletter you can sign up for on http://www.theirishaesthete.com - the writing and photographs are of the highest quality. It is a concentrated and delicious dose of culture and interest that I look forward to seeing in my inbox every week.
a few of my christmas cards - these are still in planning - I am not sure how many will make the final cut.