We met Bernadette from Dúinn Designs at the beginning of the year and we loved the contemporary style of her creations.
Bernadette is a textile designer of old and took some time out from her craft to look after her children. Her daughter ignited the design flame one school evening after coming home very excited about the great Irish myth and legend of “The Táin and the Brown Bull of Cooley”. She was so full of the story that Bernadette began thinking about the many great myths and legends and stories of Ireland.
Dúinn means “for us” and it provided the platform to start designing patterns for a sophisticated contemporary Ireland using Irish myths and legends and iconic symbols of Ireland as inspiration.
Like ourselves when we are curating each month's surprises for you, Bernadette is now inspired by Irish icons, heritage sites, characters with folklore, myths and legends. She creates designs with a modern twist using creative patterns and subtle colours reminiscent of Irelands lands, seas and skies.
Ewe Sir - Molly Ellis - Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry (quite close to the Skellig Rock!)
Ewe Sir is an Irish paper goods and textile range by the lovely artist Molly Ellis.
Her wildlife art is designed with the individual character and personality of each animal in mind to awaken Irish nature in the hearts and homes of the owner. Each piece stitches together the connection between human and animal to evoke a kindred spirit.
Molly lives on the Irish coast in the picturesque town of Caherciveen in the west of Ireland. Her home is beautifully situated at the base of a forest and Molly loves exploring the wild nature of the Irish countryside.
Molly's illustrations are inspired by her devotion to animals and birds and her desire to capture their spirit and personality is realised in her creations . Molly trails the countryside, forests and Irish coasts hoping to glimpse and study each little creatures unique traits.
This beautiful creation of Molly's is not just seen as a puffin paperweight, it is a collectible, a piece of art in its own right..We use ours as a handcooler…it feels soothing to have it between your hands!
Gosling gifts and Games - West Cork
We have read many stories about the Skellig Michael of old and the monks that lived there in the beautiful beehive huts. We searched for an image that would depict a Skellig Michael of ancient times to share with you and we found the perfect one by Gosling Gifts and Games.
Graham and his wife Mary set up the thriving family-run business that is Gosling Gifts and Games in the late 1980's.
Mary grew up in West Cork where, at the age of 19, she opened a tea room for summer visitors overlooking the beach near her family home. Mary’s excursions over to London to work during the winter months brought her and Graham together.
While bringing up their children in West Cork, Graham and Mary ran a guest house welcoming visitors from all over the world. Evenings were often spent discussing their guests’ travels and helping to plan itineraries for the following day. Out of that experience they set up Gosling Games and Gifts, creating games of travels around the Emerald Isle and in recent years Mary has collaborated with celtic artist Courtney Davis to develop a fabulous range of new products including magnets and homewares!
Kilcoe Studios - County Cork
We come from the fishing town of Dingle and our own family have been fish merchants for decades. When we saw these Irish Sea greeting cards we had an inherent instinct that Sonia from Kilcoe Studios had captured the essence of the Irish Sea and it's inhabitants perfectly. These contemporary and elegant cards are just lovely to send to someone special.
Kilcoe Studios is based in Skibbereen, County Cork and was created by two talented makers.
Eamon makes fine furniture from a mixture of Irish and European hardwoods, using age-old handcrafted techniques and Sonia Caldwell produces beautifully detailed watercolours. Inspired by her surroundings, the West Cork landscape, coast and countryside, designer/illustrator Sonia reproduces her paintings to create gorgeous and simple stationary items such as cards, calendars and information booklets. We love the presentation of this beautiful Irish Sea greeting card pack.