Shop and Mingle with the Makers at the Irish Craft Village at this year’s Bloom
Images l to r: Drip O'Clock (Hey, Bulldog! Design), Handmade Vegan Soap (Emma's So Naturals), Poolbeg Chimneys & Liberty Moon (Jando), Lasercut Brass Necklace (Kaïkø Studïø)
Bloom, Phoenix Park, Dublin
30th May – 3rd June 2019
- Browse a wonderful range of Irish-made products from 29 exhibitors selling in the Irish Craft Village, ten of which are showcasing their products in this area for the first time!
- Meet the talented designers and makers behind some of Ireland’s most innovative brands, from creators of copper and concrete homewares to beautiful hand-made jewellery to natural, organic soaps and candles.
- Bring the kids along to experiment and explore using paper, wool, textiles, felt and clay in our Wild Adventure Garden and drop-in workshops, for all ages.
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland will present an exciting and colourful range of Irish-made products and design and craft experiences in the Irish Craft Village at Bloom 2019. The ever-popular retail area will feature 25 outdoor stands with 29 makers exhibiting, drop-in workshops, live demonstrations and interactive installations. Running from Thursday 30th May to Monday 3rd June in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, visitors to Bloom will have the chance to meet the talented craftspeople behind a wonderful range of Irish-made goods, from homewares and ceramics to jewellery and accessories and, this year, ten of the 28 businesses participating will be exhibiting and selling their work in the Irish Craft Village for the first time.
New to the retail area of the Irish Craft Village this year will be:
- Airmid Natural Irish Skincare: handmade in Kilfenora, Co. Clare on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Coast, Airmid Natural Irish Skincare’s design is inspired by the rare and mystical landscape of the Burren. www.airmidsoap.com
- Anne Harrington Rees: Anne creates one-off fibre sculptures using natural materials, some of which she grows or gathers locally. Using photographs, drawings, mom and lino prints that she creates as part of her practise, she has designed a series of greeting cards inspired by wildlife, combining her horticulture and art backgrounds with a passion for the environment. www.anneharringtonrees.myportfolio.com
- Coolree Design use a combination of both modern and traditional techniques to manufacture high-end furniture and gifts for the commercial and residential markets. www.coolreedesign.ie
- Cupán Cré has created the luxury reusable eco art cup, each one individually hand-crafted in the Donegal Gaeltacht. Each Cupán Cré comes with its own silicone lid and sleeve, and is made from high-fired stoneware clay and is dishwasher safe. www.cupancre.com
- Emma’s So Naturals: All natural eco-soy candles and soaps, handmade in Ireland and fragranced with only pure essential oils. Created to provide a holistic sensory experience and presented in beautifully designed, distinctive packaging. www.emmas.ie
- Hey Bulldog! Design: Owners Amanda and Joe come from a fine art and engineering background and believe in future-friendly, sustainable design. They play with materials such as concrete, metal and wood, creating colourful and beautiful homewares with distinct patterns and natural imperfections. www.heybulldogdesign.com
- Kaiko Studio: Founded in 2016 by Wicklow-based couple Linda and Maciej who have backgrounds in interior architecture, engineering and concrete setting, Kaiko Studio creates geometric and organic treasures that are earthy, rustic and crowned with a reserved yet striking colour palette, enhancing both contemporary and vintage spaces alike. www.kaikostudio.com
- Kopper Kreation: Inspired by Scandinavian and industrial design, Emmet hand-creates beautiful and functional homewares in copper such as lamps, candle holders, book ends and letter holders. www.kopperkreation.com
- Oxmantown Skincare creates skincare, body care and perfume oils that are handmade locally in small batches using high quality, natural, organic and active, botanical ingredients. Each product is handcrafted with essential vitamins, minerals and botanicals providing a truly sensory, enjoyable experience. www.oxmantownskincare.ie
- Siobhan Daly Designs: Milliner Siobhan creates beautiful and unique award-winning hand-crafted head pieces and bespoke accessories. She set up her business in April 2016 and, more recently, has attended Ladies Day races where she has had several Top 10 placed finishes with her pieces, along with winning best dressed in both Navan and Gowran. www.siobhandalydesigns.com
Other businesses returning to the Irish Craft Village at Bloom span a wide range of craft disciplines, including ceramics (Annabel Langrish); jewellery (Aria-V, Kathleen Holland Designs, Martina Hamilton, Meab Enamels, Melanie Hand Designer Jewellery), textiles (Lynn Kenny Designs, Sallyann’s Handmade Bags), glass making (Black Hen Designs) and printing & paper working (Fab Cow, Lainey K, Jando), to name a few!
In addition to the retail area, the Irish Craft Village will host a range of drop-in craft demonstrations and activities suitable for all ages during Bloom 2019.
Thursday, 30th May:
- Enjoy live demonstrations of patchwork techniques on how to make a quilt (machine and hand) by the Irish Patchwork Society as well as demonstrations by The Guild of Irish Lacemakers.
Each day at Bloom:
- Blacksmithing with the Irish Artist Blacksmith Association. See master craftspeople transform raw materials into finished pieces using fire and metal.
Drop-in Workshops with traditional Guilds, Associations, Networks and Societies (GANS)
Thursday, 30th May:
- Irish Patchwork Society: An opportunity for visitors, young and old, to try out patchwork techniques by making a simple bag or cushion cover.
Sunday, 2nd June and Monday, 3rd June:
- Clay Creations with Ceramics Ireland: Feel the soft clay in your fingers before making your own pot!
Daily Drop-in Activities in our Wild Adventure Garden
Friday, 31st May:
Glass Engraving - Try your hand at designing your own vase using simple hand tools
Friday, 31st May and Saturday, 1st June:
Printing: Become an expert printer! Learn how to print your very own BLOOM tote bag.
Mindful Weaving: Chill out in our picnic area and relax into the rhythm of weaving.
Design Station: Investigate and explore new ways of seeing with our experimental drawing activities. Having a sharp eye for detail is an important part of being a designer; get inspired at Bloom to doodle and draw with a botanical twist. Suitable for all ages.
Wild Mask Making: Design and create your very own wild creature mask from recycled materials such as paper, plastics and wool.
With such an array of activities, the Irish Craft Village at Bloom 2019 is sure to provide visitors of all ages with a craft experience to remember!
For further details on the activities and demonstrations in the Irish Craft Village, see the Event Schedule
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About the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) is the national agency for the commercial development of Irish designers and makers, stimulating innovation, championing design thinking and informing Government policy. DCCoI's activities are funded by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation via Enterprise Ireland. DCCoI currently has over 60 member organisations and more than 3,000 registered clients. dccoi.ie