Award Winners Announced at Showcase 2016

Posted 26.01.16

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Overall Winner in the Showcase 2016 Awards – Fisherman Out of Ireland in collaboration with Peter O’Brien for The Knitwear Project

Best Product Category Winners:

Other award winners:

Winners of the annual Showcase Awards were announced today at Showcase - Ireland’s International Creative Expo, which takes place at the RDS in Dublin and runs until Wednesday, 27th January. Showcase, which was officially opened by An Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, T.D. is one of the country’s largest international trade fairs, attracting more than 5,000 buyers from Ireland and over 20 other countries, keen to view the latest collections from more than 450 Irish designers, manufacturers and craftspeople across fashion, jewellery and home & giftware.

Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) congratulated all of the winners and those who were highly commenced for these coveted awards at the trade fair, she said: “The strength of Showcase lies in offering buyers an unparalleled opportunity to discover the very latest creative work emerging from Ireland. That is what has kept visitors returning each January over the show’s 40-year history. Together with our colleagues in Enterprise Ireland and the Local Enterprise Offices, we are committed to supporting talented Irish designers and makers in growing their business at home and internationally. Our annual awards programme at Showcase encourages new product development and recognises excellence in innovation, design, craftsmanship and presentation. The standard of entry this year made selecting winners a difficult task for our curators. The award recipients and everyone who was highly commended should feel very proud of their achievement and I would like to wish them every success throughout the show.”

BEST PRODUCT AWARDS

Exhibitors selected for the Showcase Best New Product Awards 2016 were chosen by specialist curators; Alanna Gallagher (home & gift), Natasha Sherling (jewellery) and for the first time an external panel of fashion and design experts, including Deirdre McQuillan, Catherine Condell and Angela O’Kelly, for The Knitwear Project. The curators nominated the ‘Best Product’ in each of their categories and each category produced a Best Product Award and two Highly Commended awards. The overall Best Product Award at Showcase 2016 was chosen unanimously by the Showcase selection committee.

The Overall Winner of the Showcase Best Product Award was Fisherman of Out Ireland in collaboration with Peter O’Brien in developing knitwear for both men and women.

Best New Product Category Winners:

KNITWEAR: The Knitwear Project announced two winners, an established designer and emerging designer. The two winners were Fisherman Out of Ireland (established designer) with Peter O’Brien for their sweater and Gráinne Walley (emerging designer) for her oversized sweater. Highly commended in this category were Bebhinn Marten Knitwear (Beacon Designs) with Cartoon Saloon for their knitted sweater, Ireland’s Eye Knitwear for the woollen Aran dress and Colin Burke for his long tunic.

HOME: This year’s Showcase Best Product Award in the home category went to Foxford Woollen Mills for their Woven Upholstery Cloth. Highly commended in the home category were Elks of Ireland for their fabric cushion and throw and Craftek for their wooden kitchen utensils.

GIFT: The Showcase Best Product Award 2016 in the gift category went to Chloë Dowds Ceramics from Wicklow for her Porcelain Tea Set. Highly commended in the gift category were At it Again! for their graphic books and Brid Lyons Ceramics for their large ceramic vase.

JEWELLERY: The Showcase Best Product Award in the jewellery category went to Tory Long for her Ariel Gold Necklace. Highly commended in this category were Inner Island for their Duende Silver Earrings and ISLE Jewellery for the Fionn Gold Ring.

Other annual Showcase Awards included:

CREATIVE ISLAND: The Creative Island area at Showcase presents authentic Irish craft products designed and made in Ireland, featuring 91 commercial designer-makers who were chosen by an independent jury for their creativity, innovation and craftsmanship. The product award in this category went to Whackpack Furniture for their wooden lamp. Highly commended were Clarkes of Dublin Artisan Soap & Shaving for their Handmade Shaving Soap and Fiona Mac Ceramics for her ceramic bowl. The winner of this award is selected by a panel of independent judges who assess Creative Island exhibitors for stand design and display, product quality and overall suitability.

CRAFTSMANSHIP AWARD: The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland Craftsmanship Award, which promotes creative development in craft, was won by BTU Studio for the innovation and craftsmanship of their overall product offering.

Showcase 2016 runs from Sunday 24th to Wednesday 27th January and is for trade attendance only. For further details on the event and to register to attend, please visit: www.showcaseireland.com.

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About Showcase:
Showcase – Ireland’s International Creative Expo is one of the country’s largest international trade show. The annual event is attended by over 5,000 buyers from Ireland and up to 26 countries around the world, generating sales orders of up to €20 million over the four days of the show. Showcase is a partnership between the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland and Showcase Ireland Events Ltd, with support from Enterprise Ireland in promoting the show internationally through their network of offices overseas. www.showcaseireland.com

About the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland:
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) is the main champion of the design and craft industry in Ireland, fostering its growth and commercial strength, communicating its unique identity and stimulating quality design, innovation and competitiveness. DCCoI's activities are funded by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation via Enterprise Ireland. DCCoI currently has over 64 member organisations and over 3,180 registered clients. www.dccoi.ie

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