Glucksman Craft Fair 2017

The Lewis Glucksman Gallery is a stunning building on the grounds of University College Cork - if you haven't been before make sure to check it out if you're in the area. There's a consistent run of beautifully curated shows throughout the year. For one weekend, they clear the galleries and allow designers and craftspeople to set up for the Glucksman Craft & Design Fair. The building, designed by O'Donnell + Tuomey, is beautiful and, if I remember my tour correctly from Open House many moons ago, harvests geothermal energy from an underground stream that ran across the site. It's a lovely, calm space to commune - shout-outs due to the staff there - as disorganised as I was there was always someone about to help - we made it! In one piece too!

Craft fairs are a big thing, especially around Christmas, for makers and craftspeople. It's a chance to move products and a good opportunity for people to meet the men and women making decorative things locally. It got mad for me at points, but there was a great calm atmosphere about the fair in the Glucksman this year - and the other makers I met were a really interesting bunch making really interesting things.

Unfortunately, fairs can be expensive for makers (The 5 day long National Craft Fair - recently renamed 'Gifted' - costs standholders somewhere towards €200/day) and become hectic if sales are needed. The best bits of what a craft fair is, the people, can get lost behind the event. Luckily there are a couple of fairs that manage to keep the mayhem to a minimum and open a marketplace for people to engage with craftspeople, designers and artists - the Glucksman is one of these, and I'm really happy to say that the Hands collection of table lamps are now stocked in the Glucksman gift shop. 

Thanks to all involved - especially my helpers; Laura and Iana for your time and energy!

 

The nedkaar stand

The nedkaar stand

Chuffed to received the inaugural "Most Imaginative Use of Materials" award!

Chuffed to received the inaugural "Most Imaginative Use of Materials" award!

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Q&A with Designist

Designist, of South Great George's Street in Dublin, sell homewares and gifts representing the best of Irish and International design. The Hands Collection of table lamps were launched here last year and can be found in store now amongst a bunch of great works by other Irish designers.

The Q&A series are interviews with some of the designers and makers that are represented in their store and I was rightly chuffed to be asked to take part. We talked totems, Mari and making for a living and took some photos in my new studio space on Portobello Square in Dublin. Check out the full interview here

Thanks to Orla at Designist for organising this and Iana Doherty for these nifty photos!

 

Designist according to Google Streetview

Designist according to Google Streetview

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LampA

A couple of years ago I was given the opportunity to see one of my designs realised in Hi-Macs, an acrylic stone similar in nature to Corian. The result was LampA, a wall mounted light. I've struggled to find a place to photograph the finished prototype till recently when the perfect place appeared.

This project was hoping to find a way to bring elements of traditional craft to industrial craft. The design is inspired by glass caning, a method of producing patterned glass that is best known to me through the work of Scott Benefield at BTU Studio. An initial process to make the glass canes takes place before these canes are added to the glass and blown to form the vessels. There are slight distortions that take place in the pattern as this is done, softening the sharp lines in the canes. By cutting the pattern into the acrylic stone using a computer controlled machine and then thermoforming this sheet the aim was to soften the resulting form.

The pattern is made from a single line, creating an effect of concentric circles, and hints at ancient celtic patterns and makes the piece quick and easy to manufacture.

More pictures of LampA can be found over here. Many thanks to the Institute of Designers Ireland and Hi-Macs Ireland.

 

 

 

 

Inspirations

Inspirations

Sketch explorations

Sketch explorations

To scale

To scale

New Medium and Large Lamps

After a couple of busy months we're proud to announce the release of two new sizes within the Hands Collection.

The new medium lamp has a stout base with a large white shade while the large lamp has a taller, skinnier base. I'm really happy with how these have turned out and think they offer the range a greater flexibility and suit places where the smallest lamp is simply too small. 

Both lamps have a new style of shade that is made from our distinctive white foam. These shades offer a great amount of light and are glare-free, meaning they emit a soft, even light during these hazy spring evenings.

The photos here were all taken by Mark McGuinness - for more information on his work check out his website here.

For more information about the collection or for a full range of press-ready photographs get in touch with us through the form here.



 

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