Get your freak on!
Got to see these lovely illustrations - inspired by Beatles songs up close the other night at The Grand Social where they shall be hanging all week. If you can't make it down you can still play 'name that tune' and make a purchase on the exhibition website here.
You know those dinner party situations when you attempt to show off (and inevitably over estimate) the amount of glasses you can carry in one hand - sound familiar? Well then you'll love this nifty product design by Grainne Lyons, the "Bouquet" wine glass holder. It allows you to carry 4 or 6 wine glasses and a wine bottle safely and easily while at the same time makes for a pretty centre piece on your table. Dinner guests will be suitably impressed!
"Bouquet" is currently available in frosted white acrylic in two styles on her website here and also soon to be stocked at the Malthouse.
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Sylish beings with their fingers on the pulse will know cartoon prints are a big trend this A/W. From jewellery to kitchenalia nothing’s escaped a touch of comic humour.
Time to invest!
For all those who love or loath the moral panic on Irish Radio that is the Joe Duffy show this one's for you.
A Hilarious 16 page A5 zine by illustrator Fuchsia Macaree , available to buy here.
In fact she has a whole collection of quirky, cute, clever illustrations that will make you smile out loud on her website gallery - check out her 'look alikes' - a personal favorite!
[IMAGE CREDIT - http://fuchsiamacaree.com/]
Great little find this, a brand new Irish street-wear clothing and accessories line located at 14 Dame Lane, Dublin 2 specializing in studded apparel. But get this, they have their very own studding station! A what?
Well basically it works like this - if you have something you want customized with studs - like a pair of shorts, cons, t-shirt, leather jacket...anything (see above) - just choose from their range of studS and they will do it onsite for you. Sweet!
You can drop them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to make a custom job appointment.
[IMAGE CREDIT - SICK STUDS]
Hey folks there's a flash sample sale happening right now on www.merleogrady.com! We're talking serious stylish gems from the Irish designer Merle O Grady . Don't miss your chance to grab the best goodies! Ex-Press Samples and one-off Studio Samples from only £15 to £6. Right now, right here.
From the design gurus at Klickity. Their latest design product, Fruit Block is a cool contemporary take on the traditional fruit bowl. The thick wooden block contains 9 holes allowing the fruit to be stacked in a pyramid shape and here's the science bit - "The stacking mechanism promotes airflow allowing fruit to remain fresh for longer." It's a beautifully designed,simple, clean, creative yet practical centre piece for the table ad comes in these fab pastel colours. Sold!
[Image credit- Klickity.ie]
Love these ampersand paper sculptures from Little White Dog. Reckon they'd make cute wedding/romantic gifts by themselves or even combined with other letters of your chosen crushes name! They can personalized to represent something that the couple have in common such as the place where they met or got engage, where they live, their wedding location or honeymoon destination - or where ever your creative mind thinks of.
Prices start at €50 for a large, 14.5cm, customized ampersand but smaller ones are also available, see their online shop here.
The pretty little Farmleigh Gallery in Dublin's Pheonix Park currently has a fantastic exhibition on show. It's called ‘Bricks in the Rain’ and features beautiful ceramic artworks by Irish artists who enjoyed a 5-week long residency in China in 2011. I got to see it a few weekends back, and would highly recommend a trip up to our national Park (not that one should ever need an excuse to visit it :). Journalist and writer Eleanor Flegg accompanied them to China, and working with Galway sound-maker Declan ÓCualáin and film-maker Andrew Standen-Raz has combined archival interviews, film and sound recordings which add a truly creative twist within the show.
While you there, take a gander at the veggie gardens of the house, at this time of year, it's pumpkin season and they have some serious contest contenders in their plot.
The exhibition runs until Sunday 14th October but fear not southern folk as this gorgeous showcase and will open for a month in the Wandesford Quay Gallery in Cork commencing April 2013.
CHECK IT OUT! We are launching something amazing! A brand spanking new Damn Fine Print Studio at Block T, Smithfiled Square Dublin.
Details of the Call Out for artwork for our December fund raiser and exhibition are now on our event page -click here. Know any amazing artists who would look great in screen-print? - share it, like it!