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Meet Philip & Lisa Lawler of Once Upon a Dandelion

Once upon a Dandelion

Philip and Lisa of Once upon a Dandelion create wood art and quote signs using locally sourced reclaimed and pallet wood.  Based at the foot of the Mournes in Newcastle Co. Down they are surrounded by an abundance of natural beauty providing their inspiration for a number of their pieces including their popular Mournes range of quotes and the daisy/wildflower Ireland maps. They have developed quite a range of quote signs and are very selective when it comes to the quotes they use. There is enough negativity in the world!!! So they ensure their quotes are positive and inspirational as...

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Meet Siobhain Steele of Siobhain Steele Ceramics

After many years of caring for people as a nurse, I took the opportunity to return to college and pursue my love of creativity and design.  I found myself naturally drawn to ceramics and the symbolic and unique pieces it allows me to create. I attended Colaiste Stiofain Naofa in 2006, before continuing my studies at Crawford College of Art and Design, where I graduated in 2013 with an Honours Degree in Ceramic Design. As a mother of two, I now work from my studio nestled in the serene Irish countryside at my home in Rathcormac, County Cork.  There I have steadily...

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Meet Designer Deborah Toner

Deborah’s work came about while studying Architecture at Ulster University in Belfast. As part of her thesis, she studied maps of Belfast and made a series of machine stitched maps showing the changing of the city pattern throughout history. The original copy of these maps sits on permanent collection in the Ulster Museum, Belfast.   Following completing her Master of Architecture, in 2010, Deborah decided to combine her love of Architecture and Interiors and set up her own gift and home ware business. She embroiders images, maps and skylines onto the finest quality, locally made Irish Linen and makes them...

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Meet Ceramicist Amanda Murphy

"The wildness of the rugged Irish landscape is what inspires me" Ceramicist Amanda Murphy makes decorative hand-built stoneware ceramics including vases, platters and bowls. Each piece is hand-built, inspired by movement within the landscape. Using oxides and coloured glass to punctuate the pieces, the creations offer what the potter calls a bird's eye view of the landscape. It looks like the highs and lows of an Ordinance Survey map. Using a blue-white crystalline glaze the platters are pieces that can sit atop a table or hang on the wall. The way the glaze and glass melt during firing is different...

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Meet Diane Sutherland of Diane Sutherland Jewellery

Diane is a graduate of the prestigious Glasgow School of Art with a degree in Silver Smithing and Jewellery. Diane has been designing and making Jewellery professionally for over 15 years from her studio in Belfast.  Diane designs and makes women’s and men’s jewellery ranging from necklaces to bangles; earrings; rings; pendants and cufflinks. These are all one off commission pieces or small batch collections. All of her work is handmade using traditional techniques. Diane's style is elegant and minimal, her jewellery can be worn from day to night with ease.  Diane’s work displays a strong geometric identity, yet it...

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