The Irish Design Shop have very generously put together an amazing hamper of Irish produced products worth over 200 euro for Re-dress facebook followers to win. The Irish design shop is all about local, handmade quality design, something that Re-dress can firmly get behind.
So what do you have to do to win this outstanding prize? Well, follow the link to enter the competition and don’t forget to like Irish Design Shop’s Facebook page and share the post so your friends can get in on the chance to win.
We love products that have a story to tell and are built to last, both physically and aesthetically. Each of the products in the hamper is handmade here in Ireland, creating jobs and showcasing Irish talent. You can learn about each of the items here and a bit about the designers and artists.
Dunbeacon: Pint Jug
This useful cream glazed jug could be used for a whole host of things. It is big enough to fit a pint of milk, but we think it would be great for pouring gravy over a Sunday roast, or even better, chocolate sauce over ice-cream! All of the Dunbeacon pottery is handmade with earthenware clay and glazed to make it dishwasher friendly.
About the Maker: Helen Ennis is the designer and maker of all of the Dunbeacon pottery range. She and her partner moved from Dublin to Durrus in West Cork and took over an existing ceramics studio in 2000. Helen decided to create a new look for the pottery collection, with clean shapes and beautifully simple glazes in three shades, reflecting the colours of the surrounding landscape. You can see Helen at work on Nationwide here.
Little Hill Design: Small Bat Board
This small, but chunky chopping board could be used for many things, chopping garlic or herbs, serving an individual cheese board, or as a self defense weapon if the situation called for it. All of Little Hill’s boards are made from native Irish hardwoods and are carefully finished and oiled to be used in the kitchen.
A Family Business: Little Hill Design is made up of Ronan and Ultan O’Brien. We have never met two men so passionate about timber, they live and breathe it. Given the chance, Ronan will talk all day long about the wood they have found and what they are going to make with it. You can see where this timber is coming from on their facebook page.
John Hanly: Scarf
This beautiful herringbone scarf is woven from a combination of 95% Merino wool and 5% Cashmere, giving it a super soft feel. The chunky scarf is nice and long to wrap around you on a cold winter’s day.
A Brief History: Established in Ireland in 1893, John Hanly & Co Ltd specialise in the manufacture of scarves, throws and fabrics in wool, cashmere, lambswool, mohair and natural fibres. With over 120 years in the textile business, the art of weaving has developed using modern technology and machinery and they now manufacture fabrics and accessories for top brands, designers and quality retailers around the world. When the company set up in Ballyartella in North Tipperary, they took over a vacant mill beside the Nenagh River and a large wheel provided the power necessary to operate the machinery. In the 1940’s, this was upgraded to a water turbine which now provides 30% of the company’s power. You can find out more about the family behind this business in a clip from Nationwide.
Gail Kelly: Tree Cards
These cards are reproductions of original Linocuts which Gail Kelly prints on natural Irish linen. They depict native Irish trees, along with beautiful descriptions on the reverse, explaining the myths, legends and folklore behind each tree.
About the Artist: Working from her studio in the countryside in Co. Down, Gail is inspired by her rural surroundings. She studied Fine Art in the University of Ulster before moving to the States to study print in Louisiana. Gail returned to Ireland in the early nineties and set up her print company Algan Arts.
Moth to a Flame: Globe Candle
This globe shaped candle is made entirely of wax, with a short candle inside (that can be replaced by a tea-light) the globe itself does not melt, but glows beautifully. Although this candle can be used anywhere, we recommend using it outdoors, as your afternoon barbeque extends to an evening outdoors, the globe protects the flame from the breeze and gives a warm glowing light to sit around.
Larry Kinsella, the man behind Moth to a Flame: Larry set up his candle-making business in Bennettsbridge, Kilkenny, after years of training and working in the food industry. He gained some experience working in a large candle factory and decided to give it a go himself, perfecting his wax and developing vibrant colour ranges and designs. Larry is quite the character, and happy to give any visitors to his workshop (an old petrol station) a guided tour of how his candles are made.
Caimin Coyne is the Inis Bofin native behind ‘Woodbofin’. Being proud stockists of Caimin’s work since the beginning, Irish Design Shop wanted to work with him on a project which reflected his love and ability for traditional construction techniques. A beautifully made, practical toolbox came about from discussing design for everyday use. Handmade in ash and pine, each toolbox is finished in hard wearing paint.
More Info: Established in early 2012, Woodbofin crafts are inspired by island living, are innovative and resourceful as well as quintessentially Irish. The Coyne family are synonymous with wood work and traditional boat building on Bofin. Caimin has combined this background with a past career in the aircraft industry to create desirable objects and furniture, made to last a lifetime.
Clare and Gar: Hook
Made in Irish sycamore and finished in Danish oil, the hook can be mounted point up or point down. Suitable for many uses including hanging jewellery, bags and coats, the hook is secured to the wall with laser cut keyholes. Each sycamore hook comes with a pack containing instructions along with the wall plugs and screws necessary for mounting.
Meet the Makers: Clare is one half of Irish Design Shop and is an artist and designer, producing beautiful jewellery and crafts. Clare and Gar have been a couple for 10 years. They share a pokey flat in Dublin’s Iveagh Trust buildings. It is with this in mind that they set about designing and making simple, sustainable products for small living spaces. The hook is the first item in this sometimes turbulent collaboration!