Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Designer Dublin

As part of The Year of Craft 2011, Designer Dublin was set up to showcase the very best of design and craft made in Dublin. The project was initiated by Dublin City Enterprise Board. Several designers from the The Design Tower are represented in the collective - Da Capo, Seamus Gill, Elizabeth O'Kane, Alan Ardiff, Precious, Rangoli, Breda Haugh and Ayelet Lalor.

As part of this network, there will be a craft studio trail around Dublin city on Friday the 10th of June. This is an opportunity to see the masters at work and visit individual studios! Below are a few words from Eibhlin Curley from DCEB.

"Designer Dublin is a collaborative initiative to promote craft and design in Dublin during the month of June. Dublin City Enterprise Board a small business support agency developed the idea. We brainstormed with Dublin designers and state agencies and devised an exciting programme of activities including a craft trail, workshops, exhibitions, craft demonstrations, public talks and it will launch on 1st June 2011.  It is part of the Year of Craft 2011 celebration of craft.

 This initiative is to serve the Dublin craft sector in terms of:
  • Exposing Dublin craft work to the consumer for potential sales.
  •  Showcasing Dublin and it’s craftspersons as a centre for quality Irish crafts in the minds of domestic Irish consumer and international visitors.
  • Branding and profile-raising the substantial craft sector in Dublin.
  • Collective marketing for the sector by building cohesion between craftspersons
  • Strengthening the Dublin Craft sector in terms of communications and marketing.
 Designer Dublin’s objective is to support and encourage the growth of the professional craft industry and to promote Dublin as a centre for exciting and innovative hand made craft.
As part of The Year of Craft 2011, Designer Dublin will showcase the very best of design and craft made in Dublin. We encourage you to experience craft and discover the talented designers of Dublin. Buy a craft and treasure it for life."

Check out the full listing of registered designers - There are also a number of interesting events and talks on design which you can read about on the Designer Dublin website.

We look forward to welcoming you to The Design Tower on 10th June!

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