We thought very carefully about the design of this year’s scarf and as mentioned above, we sought out the colour palette of winter as we know it in Ireland…. White cows in a field in winter, the snow-capped mountains of the Conor Pass on the Dingle Peninsula, the sun setting over the Giant's Causeway on an December evening and the white spray from the waters of Inch beach dancing in the air as the waves lap against the mainland on a crisp day.
We wanted the wrap you in these scenes for Christmas and Foxford Woollen Mills' most popular design this year was the scarf that we chose. To us, it represented the images that settled in our minds as we thought of winter Ireland.
Foxford Woollen Mills are based in County Mayo and it was originally founded by an Irish Sister of Charity in 1892. The area around Foxford was considered to be one of the poorest in the West of Ireland in the late nineteenth century. Mother Agnes Morrogh-Bernard felt the best way to combat these poor economic conditions was to establish viable local industries.
Foxford was built on the banks of River Moy and this inspired the idea for building a woollen mill. The River Moy provided the power, the sheep farmed locally provided the wool and the locals provided the labour.
Today, it is a thriving mill with master craftspeople creating beautiful pieces for sale worldwide.
2019 calendar - Real Ireland Design - County Wicklow
Based in County Wicklow, Real Ireland Design is a company that understands how to portray the beauty of the Irish landscape by using high quality images on items that can be used and admired every day. From calendars and bookmarks to mini jigsaw puzzles, Real Ireland Design's products represent Ireland very nicely! We thought that MyIrelandBox subscribers would like to see a beautiful image of Ireland every month in 2019 with this lovely calendar. We love opening our every year to see what images of Ireland we will admire for the next twelve months!
Jo from Rossbrin Creatives - County Cork
We stumbled across Jo's quirky handmade decorations whilst travelling around Ireland recently. We love the fun play with words : 'Irish you a Merry Christmas'!
The cute shamrock, Irish wood and map of Ireland design are a perfect combination and lovely for MyIrelandBox subscriber's homes last Christmas to remind them of the Emerald Isle.
Jo settled in the idyllic location of West Cork just over 4 years ago. She is a trained architectural model maker, and we think that each of her small but perfectly formed creations are certain to appeal to the child in you, no matter what age you are. Her inspired designs, labelled under the Rossbrin Creative brand, are simple but beautiful.
Karo from Karo Art Ceramics - Dublin City
Karo's studio is tucked away on a quaint lane-way in Dublin city. We discovered Karo five years ago when we first set up MyIrelandBox and were delighted once again to work with her on this December's MyIrelandBox.
Karo has made a name for herself in Ireland over the past few years as a talented and renowned ceramicist and is known for her fine lines and playful illustration, simplicity and humour.
She is inspired by the characters of traditional Irish fairy tales, as well as the natural environment that surrounds her. We here at MyIrelandBox are lovers of Irish animals and the fox and hare were a must from her Christmas collection!
Nature and the organic forms are a never-ending source of inspiration for Karo, who also has a weak spot for all that’s whimsical and charming — magical realism and fairy stories are influential to her work. She tell us that she is a huge animal lover and 'furry or feathery creatures are often a recurring theme in my hand-sketched pieces'.