Our Creative Hub - Makers House 2022

Our Creative Hub - Makers House 2022

Our first floor creative hub, Makers House is the collaborative space to support local creative entrepreneurs and help develop new creative skills.

Founded in 2018, it has gone from strength to strength and now we proudly work in collaboration with Ulster University’s School Of Art to nurture the aspiring talented entrepreneurs in the arts and creative sector. 

Connection has always been at the core of The Designerie’s purpose, bringing artists and the community together to create beautiful things and learn new skills.

Now that the busy festive season is over, we’ve caught up with our Resident Designer Makers to see what new and exciting things they have planned for the year ahead.

Fee McToal Design

“I have a few ideas for Fee McToal Design coming in for 2022!  I am currently creating a few collections for the summer based on my surroundings as well as continuing with commission headpieces for events throughout the year.  My brand is all about fun, bright colours, sunshine and laughter so I want to portray this more in my work for 2022 and moving forward.” 

Fee McToal

To view Fee's range click here or call in and view her range.

Susan Francesca Hunter

“This year I’m spending as much time as possible in my studio, working with colour and design: on vessels, platters, jewellery and artwork.  I currently have a collection of ‘seaweed porcelain’ in blues, greens and sandy coloured glazes, inspired by the bladderwrack seaweed found off our coasts.  I will be getting back to basics, drawing and painting and generally getting inspired by the coast.”

Susan Francesca Hunter

To view Susan's range click here or call in store.

Laura McIlveen Photography


"This year I have lots of new plans and exciting photographic projects lined up.  Whilst it’s still early in the New Year, I’ve already been out exploring and photographing the beautiful landscape here on the Causeway Coast.  I have some brand new landscape prints coming very soon! After the success of my Special Edition print collection last year - watch this space for some new special edition prints that will be joining the current collection."

Laura McIlveen

To view Laura's range click here or visit her in Makers House.

Linen Lane


“Making simple, timeless sustainable lighting is at the heart of Linen Lane. In 2022 I hope to continue expanding my lighting range.  I would like to highlight my recycled Glass Bubble Lamp Collection which has been very popular with customers who love to own something that is a little bit different from mass-produced lighting.”

Jill Gurney

To view Jill's Glass Bubble Lamp Collection click here.

Gillian Brownlow Art


Alongside her “Winter Walks” car series, Gillian has been working on new ranges and updating her textile work.

“I have been drawing doors and buildings, using my signature ink and watercolour style.  I am offering customers the opportunity to commission their very own painting of their doorway or for a friend who has recently moved home, or is in the process of doing so.  I have recently completed a commission depicting a local business and am interested to hear from other local businesses who would be keen to advertise their business using my style of artwork.  Currently I am working on small and large-scale acrylic-based, abstract paintings and have recently been commissioned to collaborate with a singer/songwriter, creating abstract artwork for an EP being released in the spring.  I continue to update my abstract textile work and have introduced new woven and patchwork pieces which are available to purchase through the shop.”

To view Gillian's work click here or call in store to meet her.


Call into Makers House this year to meet our talented Designer Makers, browse their ranges exclusive to The Designerie and grow your collection with one of a kind, handmade pieces.