I travelled to Dublin on Wednesday with Siubhan from CraftLee to visit Showcase, Ireland’s annual ‘Creative Expo’, featuring the very best of Irish gifts, fashion and interiors. Now in its 38th year, Showcase is Ireland’s largest international trade fair, and is held at Dublin’s RDS. What’s unique about it is that leading brands sit alongside small makers of Irish crafts. Siubhan was representing Cork Craft and Design and I tagged along to meet the makers. It was my third time attending the show, which really is exactly as it says – an inspirational showcase of talented Irish designers and craft workers.
Most of the makers featured in my gallery below were exhibiting in the Creative Island section of the show – some of Ireland’s most talented craftspeople who have ‘imagined, designed and made’ objects of beauty and function in glass, wood, textiles, metal, ceramics and found objects.
Siubhan and I had left home in the ‘wee small’ hours, long before birds were stirring in their nests.
We must have walked miles around the exhibition that day but it was worth every step. Footsore and slightly weary, yet in great spirits, as we left the RDS later in the day we both remarked on how bright it was still… or as Siubhan commented in her best Donegal accent – ‘the rooster’s step’ – a lovely Donegal saying meaning there’s a stretch in the day.
Below you will find some of the beautiful things that caught my eye on the day. If you would like to know more about the people behind these wonderful items, just click on the picture captions.
I would like to thank all of the lovely people who took a few moments to chat with me. I am in awe of their skills, talent and humility.