Inspired by Irish heritage, Bernadette McCullagh of Dúinn Designs fuses iconic imagery with local folklore, myths and legends to create printed textiles which offer a contemporary take on traditional motifs. Bernadette’s designs are applied to a range of products for both the home and the individual including aprons, tea towels and oven gloves as well as printed silk scarves inspired by ancient landmarks and stories such as the Skelligs, the Giant’s Causeway and Queen Meabh’s Brown Bull of Cooley. Bernadette of Dúinn Designs was awarded a Design Ireland "Highly Commended" award at Showcase 2018 for her mixed linen scarf design.
Colette Ashe works from her purpose-built Co. Wicklow studio to create beautiful items of cashmere knitwear using the most complex intarsia machines in the country. Colette uses 100 percent ethically-sourced cashmere yarns and fully forms each garment for zero waste. Her collection includes wraps in fine knit, garments such as fine sweaters and cardigans and accessories such as scarves.
A. Mullane Designs
Aoife Mullane is fast becoming known for her stunning metallic detailing which is the hallmark of her brand A. Mullane Design inspired by the patterned pebbles and speckled eggs as well as the foliage and flowers that the designer finds near her seaside home. Aoife uses hand-dyeing, screen printing and metal foiling to create beautiful textiles which then become unique cushion and lampshades.
Another new Design Ireland member inspired by the sea is Irish contemporary jewellery designer and maker Jennifer Kinnear. Jennifer’s love of travel, the beach and kite surfing echoes in her jewellery which frequently references the sea. Beautiful sea urchins, clam, whelk and cockle shells as well as coastal pine cones are just some of the natural designs rendered in gold and silver in her evocative collection of jewellery.
Dublin-based Debbie Millington spent 17 years working in costume for film and theatre before launching her own range of printed accessories for men and women. Inspired by Debbie’s travels, the designs are vibrant, lively and colourful and seek to spark memories in the wearer thus triggering something unique for each individual. Debbie Millington's large silk wraps, scarves, pocket squares and rectangular stoles are printed on fine silk and silk/ wool blends.
Contemporary Irish jewellery designer Christina Goldston spent many years as a gemologist, diamond grader and jewellery designer with luxury names such as Tiffany & Co., Boodles and Appleby. In 2009 Christina launched her own brand of jewellery specialising in the intricate beading of semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls, crystals, sterling silver and gold vermeil to produce a joyful range of necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings for any occasion.
Bernie Murphy is a textile artist, designer and educator from Buncrana on the Atlantic coast. Inspired by the rich culture of making and crafting at home growing up and in her wider community, Bernie’s career path has led her through spatial design, textiles, fashion design and fine art. She utilises traditional techniques and locally-sourced heritage fabrics in order to create beautiful items of contemporary Irish fashion and accessories which are inspired by the landscapes and seascapes of Co. Donegal. Bernie was recently awarded a "Highly commended" award at Showcase 2018 for her turquoise tweed three-piece ensemble.