February Digest: The Best of Irish Design and Craft this Month

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Following the excitement of January in which a number of Design Ireland members exhibited their work as part of the Design Ireland stand in the NOW! DESIGN À VIVRE area at MAISON&OBJET Paris and many more were recipients of awards at Showcase 2018 in Dublin’s RDS, February was a busy month for Design Ireland members as they followed up on orders received at the shows.

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In celebration of Valentine’s Day we spoke to three couples about the highs and lows, the rewards and challenges of working together in business. Interviews included Tara and Ed Hammond of Slated, Esther Gerrard and Ed Coveney of Elements of Action and Gosia and Marcin Sobkowicz of Candella.

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This month we spoke to designer and entrepreneur Anne Behan of Áine Knitwear, McConnell and McConnell Living. Anne employs ten members of staff in her facility in Clonlara, Co. Clara and was the recipient of both the Best Product Award “Overall Winner” and “Design Ireland Winner” for her a-line knitted dress at Showcase 2018.

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In other news, Design Ireland’s Edge Only jewellery brand has just announced a collaboration with the artist Leah Hewson. Edge Only founder Jenny Huston and Leah Hewson have collaborated on a bespoke range of packaging for the jewellery label as well as a series of limited edition prints and a number of jewellery items to be launched on April 11th 2018. An exhibition to reveal the new packaging and to celebrate the collaborative process, the exhibition of jewellery and prints will be open to the public from April 12th to April 18th in Dublin.

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In February too, Julie and Owen from Jando Designs and Adam Frew and Catherine Keenan spoke to Image.ie on how to get along as creative couples:

“In terms of advice for any couple thinking of working together, Julie and Owen are clear that you both have to be completely committed to the product as well as each other, as it’s not going to be easy. However, creating work together they are proud of is worth it, Owen says, “so you have to learn to enjoy every single success no matter how big or small". (www.image.ie)

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Sadie Chowen of The Burren Perfumery featured in Future Proof in the Irish Times’ business pages. In the interview Sadie spoke of her decision to exit the export market in 2007 in order to sell direct to consumers and develop her e-commerce sales. The perfumery, which was founded in 1972, was bought over by Sadie in 2005 and has enjoyed year-on-year growth since then save for 2009 during the global recession. Since 2010, the company has enjoyed double-digit growth and now sells 120 products.

“There is very little you can buy today where you can actually see it being made and talk to those making it. Most people enjoy that experience, and the fact that we are not a brand available in every shop on every high street in Europe or the US, that we’re a unique experience, gives them in turn a story they own, that they can take away and retell,” Sadie told The Irish Times.

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During February, founders of The Tweed Project, Triona and Aoibheann, spoke to presenter Ciara O'Doherty on the Irish language production for TG4 Snáithe which explores fashion in Ireland. The pair discussed how they are inspired by both the traditional clothing of the West of Ireland, as well as the country's long held tradition of cloth making and knitting, yet seek to interpret those traditions in a very modern way. 

The two designers discussed how their travels abroad also influence their designs and how they are utilising traditional fabrics such as Donegal Tweed to create contemporary clothing, accessories and homewares with very modern appeal. 

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Back at Design Ireland we introduced readers to some of the newest members of our stable of designers and makers with new members producing jewellery, fashion and interiors products including Jennifer Kinnear, A. Mullane Designs, Dúinn Designs, Christina Goldston, Bernie Murphy and Debbie Millington.

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