March Digest 2019

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A round-up of the best Irish craft and design in March and a preview of April's design and craft news.

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In the month of March we highlighted some of the best Mother’s Day gifting ideas from our Design Ireland makers and designers with beautiful cards by Hunter Paper and Maggie Marley, glassware from The Irish Handmade Glass Company and a beautiful leather journal by Holden Leathergoods, among others.

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We spotlighted some of the most beautiful scented products being made around the country - from diffusers to scented candles, luxurious bath oils to the handmade perfumes of The Burren Perfumery.

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Irish fashion designer Natalie B. Coleman recently collaborated with the United Nations Population Fund to produce a strikingly political fashion collection marking the 25th anniversary of reproductive rights being classified as fundamental human rights. The collection was unveiled at London Fashion Week and we caught up with the designer to find out more about the collection which has caught the attention of fashion editors both at home and abroad.

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In April we’ll be speaking to Emer Roberts the sculptor turned multi-award-winning jewellery designer who has already scooped a gamut of awards so far this year for her various styles of handmade Irish jewellery in silver and gold including Design Ireland Best Product Award (Jewellery) at Showcase and Designer of the Year (Jewellery) in the Fashion & Accessories category at the Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI) Awards 2019.

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This month we’ll be catching up with stationary designer Maggie Marley. Maggie runs her business from Co. Donegal where she is inspired by the landscape around her but also by Scandinavian and Japanese design. A qualified furniture designer, graphic designer and qualified in printed textiles, Maggie uses ‘analogue’ methods to achieve her beautiful products - favouring the use of old fashioned antique letterpress machines and silk screens.

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In April too we’ll be speaking to ceramicist Orla O’Regan of Orla O Visual Art. Orla has a career background in the construction sector but has swapped her hard hat for the hard glaze of porcelain in which she makes unique art pieces featuring the printed word. On her farm in West Cork Orla makes evocative pieces of wall art and jewellery characterised by emotional messages of love, song lyrics or words of wisdom.

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And we’ll explore the new Experiential aspect of Design Ireland too with a look at the various courses and workshops on offer from our skilled Design Ireland makers and craftspeople countrywide.

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