Scatterpillar Designs little family featured in The Irish Country Magazine

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Custom made portraits

Scatterpillar Designs little family of dolls was mentioned in The Irish Country magazine . So it’s nice to be nice and say a huge thank you to the editor Jennifer Stevens and her team.

Textile dolls handmade from children's drawings

Custom Made Family Dolls

They gave the Custom Made Family Dolls a lovely write up in their magazine. All you have to do is order them here . You can send a drawing of you mum, dad or all of you as a family. You can also send us a photograph and I can work from this.

Scatterpillar Designs article in the Irish Country Magazine

I got a chance last night after putting the kiddos to bed to sit down armed with a cup of tea to have a read of the Irish Country Magazine. When I looked inside the magazine I seen the Farmers Journal mentioned as it’s published in the same place. I grew up in kildare and for the first 10 years of my life I lived in a thatched cottage belong to my grandfather. He used to buy the Farmers Journal and I do remember as a child looking at it.

There are some really great articles to keep you sipping your tea for an hour or two. I especially loved reading about Tammy Darcy from Waterford, who was bullied as a teenager. She decided to set up The Shona Project a website and workshop that provides a survival kit for teenage girls. Teenagers need a safe haven to help them and nurture their potential and The Shona Project seems to be doing just that.

Check out Deirdre O’ Kane looking amazing on the front cover and inside speaking to Jennifer Stevens about moving back home to Ireland from london.

The Irish Country Magazine have just launched “Irish made by Irish Country Magazine Awards”.  They want to find the makers, creators and craftspeople that make buying Irish so great. Every product  featured in the magazine that is made in Ireland has a stamp beside it including our family dolls. It sounds very exciting, so do have a look.





Stamp of approval at International Exhibition


I received an email from Plymouth University last November. It was from Pete Davis, Director of the MA Postgraduate programmes in Design and his research assistant Sophie Harbour inviting me to take part in an exhibition called Envelope. I was intrigued by what I read.


The exhibition called for leading designers and emerging designers from across the world, with contributions from Australia, the United States, Japan, Thailand, New Zealand and much of Europe, to send what they valued and are valuing in an envelope.


Among the most notable names contributing to the exhibition are award-winning British designers Tom Dixon OBE and Michael Marriott, German industrial designer Konstantin Grcic, Japanese furniture designer Tomoko Azumi and Spanish designer Martí Guixé. Dutch trio Marijn Van Oosten, Marcel Wanders and Gijs Bakker also feature, as does New York graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister, and Guardian cartoonist and illustrator Steven Appleby.

I was humbled to be invited to take part at such an unique exhibition in the Peninsula Arts Gallery.



I set about thinking about what I could place in the envelope – asking the question, “What do I value as a person and as a designer?

My values in my work as a designer are deeply connected to my experience as a parent. Through my children’s drawings, I am conveying the story of family life and childhood. My commission work is based on helping parents hold onto the memories of childhood, through interpreting their drawings and using their children’s clothes to create special keepsakes.

The Genuine Article

The thrill and anticipation of opening up the newspaper or magazine and seeing my business mentioned makes me so proud. It is a genuine story of hard work, determination and belief in an idea. The amount of unpaid hours I put into my work fades away, when I see the name Scatterpillar Designs in the paper. It fills me with a real sense of pride, in what I am trying to achieve. My children love the fact that they have such a big part to play in the story of Scatterpillar Designs.

The story hasn’t been plucked from the air, it’s all thanks to my three children.  As a mum, it’s trying to marry a love of design and family life together. Trying to encapsulate all the memories, which fly by within a whirlwind of childhood.  Helping you hold on to the memories, so you have time to go out and make more.

Just after the launch of my website in November 2013, I got the best publicity ever, when Ryan Tubridy choose one of our creations called “The Angry Eyeball”.

My children were so chuffed. The story we have to tell about the night is, we were watching and my husband came in late from work. He asked was their a sighting “I said “no, I can’t see them”, but then my husband said “he is on the table”.  My little girl said “Mummy, The Angry Eyeball can’t get up on his own”. But just as she had said this Ryan picked him up .He held him up and said the name of my business. So it was a great start for my work. My son was very chuffed and so very proud that his creation was on The Late Late Toy show.

Since the business went live this time last year, I have been lucky to get a few mentions in the national papers. The softies are all very proud and love when they are mentioned. They love going off on adventures and photo shoots.

The Irish Examiner

The Irish Examiner featured my work in December 2013, the article was written by Claire O’Sullivan.

Also in January of 2014 I was very proud to have my work chosen for Creative Island, Showcase.

In January 2014 Scatterpillar Designs was mentioned in a lot of online articles leading up to the show.

In march 2014, I was featured in an article in The Irish Examiner by Áilín Quinlan, along with a few more enterprising individuals.

Gunnar and Védis with logo

In October 2014, my quirky viking couple Gunnarr and Védis were featured in The Irish Times magazine in on article by Alanna Gallagher. They are looking for good homes and promise to behave themselves. They are on sale in The National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street, Collins Barracks or Country Life, Turlough Park or you can contact me here. November the 29th, my work was featured in The Irish Independent, Weekend Magazine.

Another lovely mention in The Irish Independent supplement The Mothers and Babies Magazine 3rd of December 2014. The magazine has just gone interactive today with podcasts, videos, picture galleries as well as an abundance of interactive content.