Campaign to ‘Give Irish Craft this Christmas’ launched
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s seasonal campaign presents wider than ever choice of gifts designed and made in Ireland and details on where to buy them.
Today, Tuesday, 20th October 2015, the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) is encouraging everyone to “Give Irish Craft” this year as it launches its seasonal gifting campaign during 2015, the year of Irish design.
The campaign, which highlights products that have been “Designed and Made in Ireland”, will be displayed in over 140 stores around Ireland. DCCoI is also unveiling a revamped website, www.giveirishcraft.ie that is packed with an amazing array of unique gift ideas all Designed and Made in Ireland, along with information on where to buy products both online and in store.
“The creativity in Irish design and craft today is exceptional,” says Brian McGee, Acting CEO of DCCoI. “These products Designed and Made in Ireland contain quality and heritage but now more than ever, they embody inspiration, innovation and contemporary design.”
Visitors to www.giveirishcraft.ie can browse products by designer name, price point or category. They also can now link directly to a growing number of online stores to make their purchases including kilkennyshop.com, Arnotts.ie, makersandbrothers.com, irishdesignshop.com, iamofireland.ie and houseofireland.com.
For shoppers who enjoy the festive atmosphere of the high street in the lead up to Christmas, giveirishcraft.ie also has a full listing of over 140 locations throughout Ireland including Arnotts, the Kilkenny Group, House of Ireland and Brown Thomas, as well as Designyard, Irish Design Shop and Stonechat in Dublin; Designworks and Enibas in Cork; the Kilkenny Design Centre in Kilkenny; Leitrim Design House in Carrick-on-Shannon; The Cat & The Moon in Sligo town and Ardmore Pottery in Co. Waterford.
Many of the Irish design and craft companies on the website have achieved strong international recognition over the past 12 months as part of the programme of activities for the government-backed Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) initiative this year, such as:
Saturday Workshop, a family owned company who mix traditional skills and new technologies to make simple yet original wooden products from locally sourced native hardwoods. Saturday Workshop recently featured in Ó, an exhibition of Irish craft and design at London Design Festival which received global recognition from esteemed publications including the New York Times Style Magazine, Dezeen and Wallpaper.
Co. Mayo – based Foxford Woollen Mills, one of the last working mills in Ireland, whose collection of designs for contemporary interiors attracted international attention at the inaugural Irish Design Pavilion at Maison et Objet in Paris.
Meath-based Caulfield Country Boards who produce a range of functional yet beautiful solid wood cutting boards recently showed in New York as part of DCCoI’s presence at NY NOW, one of the premier trade events in the US market, and are now stocked in Brown Thomas following the success of CREATE 2015.
Companies new to giveirishcraft.ie this year include:
Ansley Watches who design and create unisex watches with an air of timeless elegance and have a strong celebrity following with Hozier and Amy Huberman among its fans
Magda Bethani, a Wicklow-based ceramicist who creates functional ware as well as one-off pieces of outstanding quality.
Tory Long, a jewellery designer originally from Belfast who creates striking gold and silver pieces
Commenting on the significance of Ireland’s design and craft sector, McGee says: “We have over 6,000 talented designers and makers living and working throughout every town and county in Ireland, dedicated to their craft and passionate about it too. Collectively, they contribute in excess of a half a billion euros to the Irish economy but more importantly they bring economic activity and vibrancy to their localities. This holiday season we call on everyone to make an effort to support these creative people and consider purchasing Irish craft as a gift or for yourself.”
The distinctive “Designed & Made in Ireland” thumbprint symbol will assist shoppers in easily identifying genuine Irish products. Featured designers and craftspeople are represented through point-of-sale material on in-store displays at participating retailers as well as at craft fairs throughout the country in the lead up to Christmas.
The full selection of gift ideas and details on participating retail outlets and makers can be viewed at www.giveirishcraft.ie
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NOTES TO EDITORS:
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s giveirishcraft.ie site acts as a web portal to connect consumers with craft makers and retailers of Irish craft. The site enables visitors to browse a comprehensive selection of distinctive Irish designed and made gift suggestions – searchable by product category, maker and price point - and view a directory of exclusive gift and craft stores from which products can be purchased either in store or online. Product categories include jewellery; pottery and ceramics; fashion and textiles; and home and gifts. Designers and makers featured on giveirishcraft.ie include internationally recognised brands such as such as Foxford Woollen Mills, Chupi, Nicholas Mosse Pottery and Slated as well as contemporary designer makers including Names, Mourne Textiles and Arran Street East. www.giveirishcraft.ie
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 75 member organisations and over 3,200 registered clients. In collaboration with partner organisations, DCCoI is convening Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) on behalf of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Enterprise Ireland. ID2015 is a year-long programme exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design through signature events on the island of Ireland as well as in prestigious partner venues in international capitals of design and commerce. www.dccoi.ie