The ethos of The Designerie is to provide a place of connected creativity for people of the Causeway Coast & beyond.
We are a group of people passionate about supporting creativity & enterprise. We are a non-profit, social enterprise based in Bushmills, Northern Ireland. We have searched high & low to supply you with unique and hand-crafted home & giftware, available for purchase in store & through our on-line shop.
In our studio we offer workshops and provide an innovative space for individuals and groups to learn & develop new skills in contemporary crafts using repurposed & locally available materials and textiles.
We offer workshops for both children & adults and The Designerie makes a unique location for Birthday Parties, Hen Parties, Engagement Parties, Special Events and Team Building Days.
For our shop we searched high and low to supply you with unique and hand-crafted home and giftware from local makers and creators from around the world. Our goal is to support individuals to do more & to be more in our community through connected creativity.
We want to show you how you can turn something old and unloved into something beautiful and treasured, we want to help you to save yourself money on gifts and home furnishings by teaching you how to make them yourself.
Our ethos is if itʼs broken and you can mend it, you won’t need to replace it, if it’s old and you can reinvent you won’t need to buy something new to update it and that if it’s a unique gift that you need a handmade item feels so much more special than a shop bought gift.
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 folks 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. We spent months researching and planning and opened The Designerie in Bushmills in the Summer of 2015.