There is so much going on at this time of the year, it’s hard to keep track of all the different Christmas markets that are on around the country. So here is a round up of whats happening in the coming weeks, I also wanted to include a couple of fellow designers, who are taking part in some of the Christmas markets.
Unfortunately due to my accident last week I’m unable to attend. If your not filled in on my story, I have a torn ligament in my ankle grade 2. So I am crutches for the moment. People are saying, that these things happen for a reason, well I hope it becomes clear in time..
First up is a Christmas Pop Up Store in Pollexfen House Studios Sligo. They will feature some of Irelands leading Artists, Designers and Craftworkers in Photography, Fine Art, Metalwork, Illustration and Fashion.The pop up store will run from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th of December. Join them on Friday afternoon from 5-8pm, for a festive launch with music and fundraising for DVAS. On Saturday and Sunday the Store will open from 10am -7pm.
The link to their facebook page is http://bit.ly/PHSChristmas.
There is still time to get in touch with Scatterpillar Designs, as regards giving a present of a lovely gift Voucher from us. So do get in contact. It makes a lovely present for a child, be the child yours, your godchild, Niece, Nephew or grandchild. They can draw their picture with their new art materials from Santa. In the new year, send the image to me and I will create a softie from their drawing.
I wanted to include a couple of fellow designers, who are exhibiting at Creative Island next year. Claire Hurley designs and creates really unusual limited edition hats, headwear and accessories inspired by heritage and fantasy.
Claire Hurley also has a beautiful range of bags using recycled materials from leather jackets and tweed. Check out her collection on her facebook page. If you are looking for unusual hats or bags, that are totally handmade in Ireland and very favourably priced don’t be shy and contact Claire.
Next up is Naoimh Prim Hand printed Textiles, who will also be exhibiting at Creative Island. Naoimh takes her inspiration from the nature. She designs and prints on natural fabrics like linen and cotton. Her range includes scarves and accessories.
The National Crafts Fair is happening on the 3rd and 7th of December. There is a wealth of talented hardworking people in this country, a lot who work all year for this event. Check the listing here. Some names include Liz Christy, Aiden Smyth, Big Leap Designs to name but a few.
Djinn Jewellery, Simon Phelan designed our wedding rings and also designed a chain for a precious little elephant pendant that my husband gave me in memory of our son.
If you can’t make The National Craft Fair check out his shop on Wexford Street, there are some beautiful pieces from Simon,such as this picture called Marine Protozoans. He also has some work by Joi D’Art and some really unusual textiles and jewellery from the Far East.
I also want to include a brilliant Photographer, Marc O’ Sullivan . Marc is so helpful regarding photographing my work.I hear he is selling some beautiful prints of his own work. So email him or send a message on facebook.
Dublin Flea and Block T have their Christmas Cracker market on the 12th, 13th and 14th of December, it will take place in Smithfield. Check out Monofaces, who will be selling there range of printed Tote bags and baby wear at the Christmas Cracker Market. Also on Merrion Square there will be a Christmas market this Saturday the 29th of November called Craft on the Square. Check out Pierce Healy Studio for his unusual engraved Jewellery, every piece tells a good story. Also Moobles and Toobles with their monochrome range of children/ babies wear.
If you would like to make your own presents Print Block on Cork Street offers courses in screen printing your own Christmas presents.
Marley park also has a crafts fair this weekend please click here for a full listing. Nicola Browne,Clasheen will be showing her range of natural felt cushions and scarves. Ben Og will also be attending with their unusual range of crochet hats. So no excuses, you can bring the kids and the dog for a nice long walk, along with doing some Christmas shopping.
Another great place to bring your family to is Kilruddery House ,it is on from the 6th of December, their Santa visit is sold out, but they have a lovely Christmas market and the setting is really beautiful.
Have a great time whatever and wherever you decide to go…..