I decided to head to the National Crafts and Design Fair, held in the RDS Dublin over the weekend. This is what happens when you manage to get a babysitter for the day!
There are over 500 designers and crafts people who showcase their wares at this event and its one of the largest in Ireland. There’s food, fashion and unique products from ceramics to jewellery to furniture, all handcrafted. There was even demonstrations for wood turning on the day we attended.
As it was Saturday, it was a busy day, but we did fit in a lot. I managed to take a few pictures but of course it was hard as people were everywhere! Here’s a few ……
Gotta love this stall and all the buttons, a serious dedication to her craft!
Hats and more hats, I loved this stall, as you know I love a hat!
One of my favorites was Claire Molloy Ceramics, I confess to knowing Claire and working for many years with her Mum, but I never saw her work in person. I was impressed, she makes these gorgeous ceramic pieces that incorporates horses hair.
I purchased this little piece, its from her new collection The Equus Collection.
I found the Guaranteed Irish Village, which was impressive. Guaranteed Irish have re-branded and I remembered the iconic logo from years ago.
They promote and lobby on behalf of their members, and build awareness of buying goods and services in Ireland worldwide. You have to join and become a member, and there is a criteria to meet. You can find more about Guanantee Irish here.
Here’s some of their members, but please go and have a look on their website for more Irish Designers and Businesses here
- Irish Country Hotels – small independent family owed Irish Hotels.
- Jando Design – they create modern wall art and stationery, run by husband and wife team, Julie & Owen. I like how got started, you can read about it here.
- Burkes Joinery – they are the creators behind the Irish Telephone box. I loved these and of course I can remember the old ones back in the day! You can read the story behind these here
Magee Clothing – who doesn’t remember them? They are a 5th generation Irish family clothing business.
- Emma’s Soy Candles – all natural and only fragranced with pure essential oils. My sister swears by these candles and I purchased one myself to try. A beautiful stand.
- Donegal Socks – traditional tweed socks made in Donegal, my mother purchased some of these, my Dad loves them!
I found Holos Skincare, and I can recommend creator Niamh’s products, as she supplies my local healthshop. You may remember her from Dragons Den.
Two others I loved were Maple Tree Pottery, you might remember I mentioned Karyn in my previous post here , I didnt get time to met Karyn, when I called she was very busy and I didnt want to interupt. Another gorgeous stall was Rowan Beg Design Studio, please do have a look at her website, I was so entralled I forgot to take a picture! They design and make pebble art and candles, really interesting pieces.
After I literally walked the feet off myself, it was time to go home. I didn’t get around to all the stalls and some were just so busy it was hard to get a good look, but I did manage to nab a fairy door for the smallie.
Definitely will be returning next year
Till next time !