I went along to Showcase Ireland last Sunday in the RDS, Dublin. Showcase is an annual event, held every January and is described as “Ireland’s creative expo, featuring the very best of Irish craft, gifts, fashion and interiors”. I had a few reasons for going – for a while now I’ve been thinking of extending the offerings of And Baby Makes Three and maybe starting a web shop offering cool baby-related products. I’m mainly interested in paper products such as great art for children’s walls as this is something I find quite hard to come by. I also wanted to go along for inspiration and to see what else was out there. There were some beautiful products on show and I met some really talented makers. Below you’ll see some of my favourite finds from the show…..
These are wonderfully quirky cards created in Dublin by Ali Jones of Bold Bunny. I’m always on the lookout for cards that are a little bit different and I thought these were really colourful & happy looking. Each card is printed on really good quality environmentally friendly paper & it “has a rough organic feel, both to the touch and the eye”.
Images copyright Bold Bunny
Jacinta Leigh transforms children’s drawings into soft toys, canvasses and cushions. I love hearing about how and why people start their own business and I really like Jacinta’s story. Her business came into being when her children started school and she didn’t know what to do with all their drawings and old clothes. That’s when she was inspired to create her first soft toy of a character named Jack, imagined and drawn by her son. You can commission Jacinta to create a soft toy, canvas or cushion from your child’s art – it’s a great idea don’t you think?
Image copyright www.scatterpillardesigns.ie
Orla Barry’s art really caught my eye. I loved the subject matter – mainly animals and nature and the colours she uses are very saturated & vivid. There’s something quite mystical and surreal about her work. While it would be beautiful anywhere in the home I think it would be a beautiful addition to a child’s room. She also creates beautiful animal-themed brooches and greeting cards of her original work.
Image copyright www.orlabarry.com
I love the look of these sewing kits created by Pippablue – a sewing studio based in the West of Ireland. Everything about these sewing kits is gorgeous! They are packaged in a very cool metal tin which can be used to store all you sewing equipment or repurposed for another use. The graphic design and the characters on the packaging are very colourful and happy looking – I’m sure any child would be delighted to receive one as a gift. They’re really only suitable for slightly older kids – the age guideline is 9-99 but they would also be the perfect thing to make and gift to a young child. The product was just launched at Showcase and they should be available to purchase from their website pretty soon.
Image copyright pippablue.com
Pico Frame make lovely square frames using your Instagram, Facebook and mobile prints. They are created by fine art framers based in Co. Tipperary and they range in price from €10-€18. The seem like the perfect way to show off your mobile images and get them off your phone!
Image copyright picoframe.com