No not for eating - bathing! Really. How utterly gorgeous are these handcrafted artisan soaps by Cork based Mianra. They also do custom order's for wedding favours, party treats or corporate gifts.
Si and Lu aka musician Lucy Clarke and composer Simon O’Connor produce these adorable handmade childrens clothes using materials like handwoven Donegal tweed, rare alpaca wool anand finest merino and employing local craft talent such as knitters and weavers like Philip and his dog Pip from Cushendale Mills.
[IMAGE CREDIT © 2013 Si+Lu.]
These guys deservedly won the overall winner awards at Ireland's creative expo ShowCase Ireland this week. The two brothers, hand make these beautifully crafted wood and leather iPhone & iPad backs from their workshop in Kildare. What's really exciting about their products is that they team up with some of our best illustrators and designers, carving quirky masterpieces into the accessories. What's more if you fancy flexing your own creative muscles they can engrave your custom artwork onto any of their covers. They are currently working on prototype leather backs so watch this space for updates.
A collaboration between two Irish designers Jamie Lewis (who does these quirky little wood felt animals) and industrial designer Ben Harris has resulted in this little felt and wood fellow - Ovis. Ovis’s main function is a side or small coffee table, but it’s also serves as somewhere to keep magazines and newspapers, somewhere to chuck stuff during a quick tidy up or even an extra seat for a child or an adult. Pretty smart hey?
You can keep updated on it's availability, pricing and where to buy it on their Facebook.
Remember that sewing machine you bought way back with full intention of giving the Von Trapp family a run for their money! Well good news. Those fashionable folks over at OM Diva will be running two Learn to Love your Machine sewing workshops on Sat Jan 26th and Sat Feb 2nd in their stunning lofty design studio on Dublin's Drury street. They've enlisted the expertise of notable designer Sean Byrne, to host these beginners workshops and cost is €65 which includes use of all basic materials, machines, coffee and croissants and a glass of chilled prosecco to celebrate your new talent!
If you would like to book a place, call 01 6791211.
This is a really interesting jewellery project using a turf as the prime material by Julie Connellan. Nothing has been added to strengthen its structure or to extend its lifespan. Julie explains 'When worn, these neckpieces will change. The turf will disintegrate, eventually leaving behind the metal structure. The wearer will be taken by surprise; we don’t know when it will happen'
Image credit - seanandyvette photography
Found myself looking for new light fixtures of late and came across this absolute find of a selection at Mullan Lighting Design. All manufactured here in Ireland and they also offer bespoke commissions on request. Have a particular fondness for those gramophone wall lights!