A new month in Cork Craft and Design brings New Irish Craft Makers for September. This September is a particularly exciting one as we welcome nine new Cork Craft Makers to the Shop.
Suzanne O’Sullivan is featured in Cork Craft and Design for the first time. Her glass studio is nestled amongst the rolling hills of North Cork, overlooking the beautiful Blackwater Valley. Her surroundings and nature strongly influence her work. Glass plays with light and colour like no other material, this combined with strong lines and shapes feature in her more abstract designs and jewellery. Glass is truly captivating, since graduating with a B.A in Fine Art she has been happily working, playing and training nationally and internationally in glass for nearly twenty years.
Siofra Holyland is a recipient of the EMERGE award. EMERGE is awarded to recent graduates and offers membership to the collective and retail experience within our Craft and Design Shop here in Douglas. Siofra is a Graduate of Crawford College of Art and Design. She enjoys experimenting with different textures and exploring the endless possibilities of colour and pattern. Her textile designs feature, scarves, prints and lampshades and are available exclusively for the month of September.
John McCarthy‘s flowing wood turned forms are back in the shop. We have work featuring sleek bowls, delicate rings holders and the beautiful Wine Butler which featured recently in our Cork Craft Month Collaboration ‘Taste for Craft’ with the traders of The English Market. John produces functional and artistic work from his workshop in Nohoval, Co. Cork. He uses locally sourced timber that has come from trees that have been felled by storms or as a result of disease.
Nutty and Sweet Design was born in late 2019 as a passion to create original home ware and gifts, inspired by nature, family and good home cooking! Made by Iryna, a graphic designer and full time Mum, Nutty and Sweet Design features a beautiful range home-wares with swirling and colourful patterns such as tea towels and recipe cards, which make the perfect for any Foodie.
Pat Murphy of CK53 Designs creates a range of contemporary wooden gifts for the home. His ‘CK53 Design’ brand was born in the picturesque village of Kildorrery in north Cork. His work is stylish, yet practical and gives a modern interpretation of traditional wooden items. Including items such as, butter knives, chopping boards and his beautiful triangle feature lamp. Pat, a self taught woodworker, has developed and honed his collection over the past number of years. Working with sustainable hardwoods, Pat strives to capture the natural colour of the more exotic woods, providing a fabulous accent to his bespoke pieces.
Molly Ellis is the needle felt artist behind the Irish wildlife brand The Wild Felter. She always had an affinity with wildlife and it seemed like a natural progression to use raw materials from animals as her tools. She creates needle felted originals and her work has also developed to providing high quality and affordable ranges of cards, prints, paperweights and more depicting Ireland’s most loved wildlife.
Kathryn Smyth is a jewellery maker from Cork City, now living outside Midleton, East Cork, where her studio is located. She creates unique art pieces and what she calls “mini wearable sculptures” (jewellery), in gold, sterling silver & bronze. Her work captures movement and wonder, and with something to suit everyone, from pendants to earrings, her jewellery makes the perfect gift.
Barbara Hall creates exquisite jewellery, from bracelets to earrings. Her handcrafted jewellery is made with freshwater pearls, semi-precious stones and sterling silver. Her inspiration comes from her maritime base. You can find a large selection of her treasures in one of our jewellery cabinets.
The detailed work of Kilcoe Studios returns to the shop. Kilcoe Studios is based near Skibbereen, Co Cork. Sonia’s interest in the extensive range of wild plants and trees in Ireland and also marine life and insects, gives her the inspiration on which to base her illustrations of nature. We are very excited to have the beautifully illustrated Calendar for 2021 along with some other beautiful work such as cards and prints.
Be sure to pop into us at Cork Craft and Design in Douglas to see the full range of treasures available from these new Irish Craft Makers for September. See you there!