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What happens when you bring together Creativity, Community & Craic?

On Thursday 6th October, we decided to find out.

It was our first birthday, and everyone loves a party. So we put our collective creative heads together and planned our event. First we asked our Designer makers to partner with us and offer 20% off in the store for one night only, then we asked four of our resident workshop facilitators to demonstrate their skills to the guests on the night, add in Dora’s gorgeous macaroons and an appearance by the Bubbly Bar, Northern Irelands first mobile prosecco bar and we were all set. (More photos here)

Oh and of course we created a lovely little goody bag for everyone too.

What happened next was amazing, we didn’t have to ask anyone twice to get involved, the community spirit and support provided was outstanding, plus we had almost 200 people registered to attend on the night, it’s a good job it stayed dry!

The Designerie is a pioneering not-for-profit organisation established last year that is dedicated to building a strong future for craft and design. We have our store, our workshop and our designer-makers all packed into a gorgeous space on the main street in Bushmills.

The Designerie is a place where things happen. People get inspired. Creative businesses flourish and a community of designer makers talk, meet and swap ideas. Put simply, The Designerie is a destination for those who love craft and design, who want to get somewhere, make something happen and see things differently.

At the party, there was standing room only and a long queue at the till, but no one seemed to mind, the product range was really well received with everything from driftwood furniture, jewellery and ceramics to candles, throws and silk scarves available as a gift or a treat.

Alan Kane from Craft NI and the mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Moira Hickey both came along and said a few words, pointing out the vast array of creative people and their products on sale at the Designerie.

Louise McClean, our workshop facilitator was busy on the night showing guests how to upcycle furniture and answering lots of difficult questions. Jill Gurney shared her sewing skills, Linda Lewis demonstrated the art of wet felt making and Lauren Rankin showed off her expertise in lampshade upholstery

Others simply took time to soak up the atmosphere and catch up with friends, the evening was full of creative energy and warmth and we felt great pride in being able to create this special space for the community to enjoy.

The Designerie gives everyone the chance to discover a world of craft and design that is more extensive, more inspiring and more accessible than most could ever imagine. With stock from over 70 Irish Designer Makers, and workshops every week, it really is becoming a key destination for anyone that wants to learn a new skill, get together and have some fun with friends or simply find that special unique gift you have been searching for.

If you couldn’t make it, don’t worry we are planning another Christmas open night or check out our website for more details and maybe book a workshop.

Thanks everyone, we are off to find some new products for you to enjoy

Jayne and the Designerie team

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