The Designerie News
Join us on Saturday 23rd February 10:30am-15:30pm for our Autentico Paint Showcase. We are delighted to be joined for the first time by Sandra & Sarah from Autentico Paint. Throughout the day they will be on hand to demonstrate products from the range and answer all those questions you have been waiting to ask the experts . One of the highlights of the day will be the launch of 3 new paint effects as listed below. Everyone on the day will be entered into a prize draw to win an Autentico starter pack.
- Rust in a Jar
- Rough Rock
- Sea Salt Fizz
Bushmills Primary School Choir (11am)
Dunseverick Primary School Choir (2pm)
ABOUT STEVEN HANNA
"I love photographing people. Capturing moments. Recording memories. The romantic little look that everyone else missed. The love between the groom and his bride. The pride of the Father as he walks his only daughter down the aisle. The smiles. The laughs. The tears of joy. All of these moments are what makes your wedding day so special. Your wedding photography is an investment in love. An investment in life.
I’m a professional wedding & landscape photographer based in Cullybackey, County Antrim.
I’m also a fully qualified member of the Professional Photographer’s Association of Northern Ireland (PPANI) and have photographed weddings at many of Ireland’s finest wedding locations such as Drenagh Estate, Cabra Castle, Darver Castle, Belfast Castle, Galgorm Resort & Spa, The Culloden Estate & Spa, Malone House, Rosspark Hotel, Clandeboye Lodge, The Slieve Donard Hotel & Spa, The Heritage Resort & Spa, Ballygally Castle, Ardtara Country House, La Mon Hotel, The Old Inn Crawfordsburn, The Merchant Hotel, The Dunadry Hotel & Country Club, Tullyglass, Lough Erne Resort, Killyhevlin Hotel, Rathmullan House, Ballymascanlon Hotel, Clandeboye Estate, The Mill at Ballyduggan and Edenmore Country Club.
I’m also one of the recommended wedding photographers of the Galgorm Resort & Spa."
Get a preview of Rugged Coast here: https://bit.ly/2DYxPyP
Andrea Hayes is a Textile Artist from and based in Cookstown,Co.Tyrone. A graduate of the National College of Art and Design Dublin , where she specialised in embroidered textiles. From 2006-2008 Andrea developed her art practice through her time on Craft NI’s two year “Making it” programme, placed as artist in residence at NWRC. Since then Andrea has continued developing her artwork making textile artwork which are sold throughout a number of galleries throughout Ireland. Each piece is individual; handpainted with layers of hand dyed fabrics, hand and machine stitched with elements of copper fragments. These pieces are based on landscapes, seascapes, and local flora.
In contrast, Andrea produces larger scale mixed media artworks in which her textile and painting skills are applied onto an aluminium base. These pieces has been showcased in a number of selected exhibitions such as RUA ,CCOI “Breaking Out”, represented Ireland in the 13th International Textile Exhibition 2009 and was awarded the Contemporary Embroidery prize in the National Crafts Competition 2009.
Andrea currently works as a p/time Arts tutor for SWC and facilitates textile workshops on a regular basis for community groups, art centres and most recently has provided workshops in schools to produce artwork for Omagh hospital.
Meet Hilary Blackburn exclusively at The Designerie
Pop Up shop, at The Designerie, Saturday 26th May 11-4 pm
We are so excited about our next Pop Up Designer maker, her name is Hilary Blackburn, she is a life long crafter and she simply loves making her beautiful cushions. We are lucky to be her only stockist, even though demand is always high for her designs Hilary has chosen to work exclusively with us. Hilary has developed a range of fabric suppliers over the years, giving her often unique access to designs.
Save the date now, Saturday 26th May, 11am-4pm, call in and talk to Hilary....she is bringing new designs and products exclusively available at the pop up.
See you then
You can meet Linda this Saturday 28th April when she will be at the Designerie Discovered Pop up event, to talk to you about her Textile Crafting skills and techniques. Read more here:
I am a Textile Artist and Special Needs/Art Coordinator. I create Felt pictures which respond to local landscapes. I am fortunate to be able to extract both inspiration and material from our Coastline. The pictures are created using locally sourced sheep’s wool, which I feel adds a certain familiarity to the narrative of each piece. The wool is felted by hand to create depth, texture and feeling of movement - evoked by our beautiful and temperamental landscape.
My interest in textiles was instilled at an early age, my mother, an accomplished dressmaker would give my sisters and I odds and ends of materials to turn into dresses for our dolls. This interest evolved into an affinity of all things fabric! I facilitate workshops in crocheting, silk painting, sewing, fabric dyeing and paper making. Although I have a vested interest in all of these practices I particularly love sharing the art of felt making. It is such a beautifully organic medium which dates back to the Neolithic period. It is the oldest fabric known to man, the same felt making process has been used over hundreds and thousands of years. I am fascinated by these age old techniques and enjoy experimenting and building a dialogue between processes old and new.
I am a qualified teacher and my studies have included Art Therapy and Counselling which I now incorporate into my daily work. Awards include the James McCord Bursary, 2009 (presented by Neil Shawcross) and Textile Bio Diversity Award, 2005 (presented by David Bellamy) I have also collaborated with a number of artists in a variety of Community projects.
Atlantic Craft NI by Louise McLean
Pop Up shop at The Designerie, Saturday 31st March
You know how we love to discover new and existing designer makers, well this month we are excited to announce that The Designerie is holding it's first pop up shop hosted by Louise McLean of Atlantic Craft NI.
From glass-painting for President Mary McAleese to creating a three-foot willow candleholder for ITV’s This Morning programme and working on a willow arch for the Queen’s Jubilee, Lousie McLean is surely an inspiration to crafters everywhere and we are just delighted to have her with us at The Designerie in Bushmills.
She has been a finalist in the RTE Craft Master TV series and in 2014, exhibited and sold work in New York. Louise teaches a variety of workshops at The Designerie which are always a sell out success!
Pop in to her Pop up shop at The Designerie this Saturday from 11am - 4 pm, meet Louise, discover her beautiful work and maybe treat yourself.
Take a look at some of the incredible designs below, or if you would like something bespoke and just for you, that's possible too, call in and Talk to Louise.....for one day only.
See you soon
The Designerie Team
Special Event -Friday 29th September from 2pm to 8pm
Fancy learning a new skill?
Have you a hobby you would like to explore further?
Want to fill the winter evenings experiencing a new craft?
Why not join the team at the Designerie for our open day/evening. One of our facilitators Louise McLean will be available to discuss basket weaving/glass painting and upcycling along with other upcoming workshops.
There will also be an extra 10% discount available off our Autentico products for the day, perfect for those looking to start some exciting new products.
Remember even if you are working you can pop in after 6pm to find out all about us and sign up for our courses.
We look forward to seeing you all!
August is Craft Month, it’s the largest annual celebration of contemporary art and applied art in Northern Ireland. The August Craft Month team have connected communities and events in every county and as you would expect we are there too.
The idea for The Designerie was born during the Christmas period in 2014 when Causeway Enterprise Agency teamed up with local artists and crafters to make wooden Christmas Trees out of old wooden pallets that were sitting around in the yards of businesses in the industrial estate where our offices are based. We set up a workshop in one of our units at Causeway Enterprise Agency and took on a pop up shop in The Diamond Centre in Coleraine. We really enjoyed the sense of accomplishment from making the trees ourselves and the people that bought them loved our trees so much that we almost couldn’t make them fast enough.
Everyone was so enthusiastic about the trees, asking how we made them, requesting trees with their own personal stamp on the design and asking us what else we could make. We quickly realised that people would probably love making trees and other decorations every bit as much as we did. We also very quickly discovered that we enjoyed the experience so much that didn’t want it to end with the festive season and so the dream of The Designerie was born.
We dreamt of building a creative hub, where people and artists could come together to create beautiful things and learn new skills while having lots of fun in relaxed and welcoming environment. It’s now 2 years since we opened the doors, over 250 workshops have taught new skills to over 1350 people, we now have workshops for hen parties, Birthdays, anniversaries and celebrations of all types. The Designerie is a vibrant, creative space where friends come together, strangers bond over learning new skills and our Designer makers share their knowledge and skills for the sheer joy of it.
So what does the future look like for Crafters, we found some amazing research carried out in the Netherlands, it was carried out by Arjo Klamer, Erasmus University Rotterdam;
With the advance of the industrial age and the subsequent emergence of the knowledge economy, crafts got marginalized in the economy. Traditional crafts were just that, traditional, therefore history and only interesting as part of cultural heritage. Utilitarian crafts (think of plumbers, housepainters, roofworkers, dental technicians and so on) continued to do their thing, but such work, at least that was the reigning impression, was intended for those who cannot do the intellectual work that a knowledge economy calls for. The educational systems in developed countries sanctified intellectual intelligence and looked down on manual skills. In the arts conceptual innovation had overtaken craftsmanship as the core competence.
All this is about to change. The creative economy increasingly calls for skills that are characteristic for craftsmanship. This shows in a trend in consumer culture that stresses authenticity and quality. Craftsmanship is to meet such preferences. Craftsmanship furthermore satisfies the need for meaningful work. Mastery provides a sense of self-worth. Politicians, therefore, are speaking about the importance of craftsmanship, and artists are re-evaluating the craft in their work.
Richard Sennett gave the intellectual community a wake-up call with his book Craftsmen (2008). The book has drawn attention among artists and scholars and has redirected the discussion on what constitutes craftsmanship, the relationship between crafts and arts, the importance of craftsmanship for (local) economies, for work and identity, and on consumer culture.
At The Designerie we are lucky to be surrounded everyday by beautiful creative products that have taken our designer makers hours to dream up and create. We also get to explore new ways of making things and watch our customers learn new skills in one of our popular workshops. The fun and laughter that fills the Designerie when we run these workshops is infectious and we are looking forward to welcoming our next birthday party and Crafty Hen Party.
You know how we love to bring you new products and ideas, so we are starting a new feature #DesignerieUncovered, watch this space.
Don’t forget our new online store, if you aren’t local you will still be able to get a taste of The Designerie delivered to your door, so get shopping…browse here
Thanks for reading
The Designerie Team x
May is often viewed as the month of new beginnings, it’s the last month of Spring and everyone is full of expectations for warmer, sunnier skies. Flowers start to brighten up the garden, we all feel like going outside a bit more often, garden parties, barbeque & wedding invitations start to flow in.
At The Designerie we are lucky to be surrounded everyday by beautiful creative products that have taken our designer makers hours to dream up and create. We also get to explore new ways of making things and watch our customers learn new skills in one of our popular workshops. We have hosted some special workshops over the last few months from an 8th birthday party to a 60th as well as an Anniversary party and a number of Crafty Hen parties. The fun and laughter that fills the Designerie when we run these workshops is infectious and we are looking forward to welcoming our next birthday party and Crafty Hen.
You know how we love to bring you new products and ideas, so we thought we would give you our Top Picks for May, whether you are hosting a small gathering or barbeque, need a wedding present or something to add the finishing touches to your outfit…
For Garden Parties and barbeques we love – Bloomingville China, Orla Kiely Mugs and our gorgeous Orla Kiely place mats, of course all these can double as great wedding presents or treats too. They are now available in the Designerie store.
For the finishing touches to your wedding outfit we love – Orwell & Brown tweed bow ties for the men and Meab Enamels and Banshee Silver jewellery will add some sparkle for the ladies. Available online and in store.
For the perfect and original wedding present, we love – Our original wall art from George Craig, Rachel Julca, Michelle Owens, Turnstone & Geraldine Leonard. You can view & buy these on the online store, or call in to see the whole range.
Finally, this week on the Causeway Coast also sees the beginning of the big events starting this weekend with the NW200, we love seeing the visitors arrive and the extra buzz it brings. Lauren, Colette and the team have been extra busy building our new online store, so if you aren’t local you will still be able to get a taste of The Designerie delivered to your door, so get shopping…
Let us know what you think we would love to hear from you.
Thanks for reading
The Designerie Team x
PS if you are planning your wedding we found a great blog that might help
When we got the green light from our board to start The Designerie, the whole team here at CEA were filled with an instant excitement and drive to get the idea off the ground. We have had a specific focus on the craft sector for over 20 years and had lots of fun times taking group stands at trade fairs like Showcase in Dublin and the British Trade Craft Fair. It was our passion and interest in this area and those memories along with years of advising and guiding many of our countries best creative people that lead us to the concept of The Designerie. We had learned that the biggest hurdle to any designer makers success was almost always a route to market, often it didn’t matter how hard they tried they would simply feel torn when they had to try to become sales and marketing people, rather than doing what they loved, making beautifully creative products.
The Designerie is an innovative, arts and crafts social enterprise. When we found our unique creative space in Bushmills, we wanted it to be a place where people could create, shop and connect. Our goal was simply "to support individuals to do more and to be more in our community through connected creativity. We are passionate about supporting local arts and crafts, and so we are now providing an opportunity for local artisans and crafters with a route to market and an opportunity to showcase their products". We got the keys, got lots of support and help from our friends and as you know opened the doors almost 18 months ago.
Our workshops provide an innovative space for individuals and groups to learn & develop new skills in contemporary crafts, focusing on repurposed & locally available textiles. We have delivered over 150 workshops to almost 1000 budding designer makers, not to mention over 140 school children. We have had two open nights so far, launched our online store and increased the number of designer makers products as well.
We are just back from a buying trip and we thought it was about time we started introducing you to the talented people behind the products we sell, there are over 70 so it will take us a few blogs to introduce them all! They are all so amazing we cant pick who goes first, so its going to have to be by A-Z...
We hope you enjoy finding out more about our designer makers, we will introduce you to more of them soon, or feel free to read more on our website
Thanks for reading
The Designerie Team x