Last Friday the Roscommon Enterprise Office launched a specially curated exhibition of a selection of the very best of Roscommon craft and design at The Leitrim Design House.
Picture Credit: Geraldine Beirne
The exhibitors include Geraldine Beirne, who is a Textile Artist specialising in bespoke Textile Art pieces. Her work incorporates traditional and contemporary hand & machine embroidery and her design inspiration comes from her love of flowers, trees, nature and the ever changing beauty of the landscape.
Siobhan Cox Carlos produces silk scarves; each one being an individual piece of art. Siobhan’s work is an explosion of colourful. They are inspired by nature, fashion and indeed, life itself. These scarves are literally paintings in motion.
The exhibition features original glass paintings from husband and wife team Andrew and Vida Pain who founded the company Black Hen. They have combined their artistic talents to create a beautiful range of paintings and prints. These designs, inspired by the Irish countryside, are brought to life through the use of vivid colours and exaggerated form.
Franziska Lienberger from Irish Felt Fairies will have a collection of fairies on display. Speaking ahead of the event Franziska said ”I just think that in today’s world, we all need a bit of magic and wonder, and to believe in something so simple like fairies and to remember how we were as children; where everything was possible and real”. The fairies are handmade using fine soft merino wool and are all one of a kind
Flaming Wicked Candles are contemporary wax products, hand- made with love by visual artist Úna Spain. Marrying contemporary design with traditional and innovative techniques, Una produces more than just candles, but also luminaries, vases and bowls. Quality and craftsmanship are foremost in mind when creating each piece.
Patricia Flaherty from Naomh Padraig Handcrafts with her range of Irish rush and willow baskets. Patricia is over 20 years in the business trading mainly wholesale to craft shops and boutiques in Ireland, U.S.A., mainland Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
Tracey Mc Tiernan from Hazelrock Beads makes all her jewellery at her kitchen table. Using ethically mined gemstones, Tracey creates one-off pieces of jewellery i.e. earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings etc. She also makes ‘Genuine Gemstone Wishing Bracelet cards’ – a Card and Gift combined. All her jewellery is nickel and lead free.
Kate Murtagh Sheridan is a freelance Visual Artist/Craftsperson /Teacher. During her development as an artist Kate has always pushed herself away from predictable styles of work. Most recently, Kate is painting modern fresco’s in plaster. The subject matter is fun as it is flashes of memories. The plaster makes the colours extremely vibrant.
Rachel Feeley designs and creates bespoke headpieces. Rachel’s passion for fashion has seen her business flourish with unique and imaginative handmade pieces. She uses sinamay, beading, lace, netting, flowers and jewellery to create wonderful bespoke pieces..
Smyth Knives are among a handful of knife makers in Ireland. Their clients come from diverse backgrounds and have one thing in common, they appreciate of the value of a Smyth Knife. Each knife is unique and handcrafted using Irish wood and Irish leather. They can customise a piece to suit customer needs, mixing and matching whatever material is desired.
The Roscommon Craft Showcase runs until Saturday 15th October.
The Leitrim Design House is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturdays from 10am to 5pm. Find out more about Roscommon Craft and Design on the “Crafted in Roscommon” Facebook page.