23 Jan 2017 | 04.53 pm
Award Winners Announced At Showcase 2017
Trendiest Irish designers selected at Creative Expo in RDS
23 Jan 2017 | 04.53 pm
The winners of the annual Showcase Awards were announced at Showcase, the Creative Expo taking place at the RDS in Dublin until Wednesday January 25.
The annual show is for retail trade buyers from Ireland and overseas. As well as the craft designer element to the show, there is a large, non-craft aspect to Showcase, especially in jewellery.
For the Irish designers, a particular emphasis is placed on new products to market, providing retailers with opportunities to discover and stock up on the latest design-led products, many of which are unique to the show.
The organisers have raised the bar for participation in recent years; only designers who can fulfil wholesale orders get a subsidised exhibition space.
Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland said: “The awards programme plays a key role in encouraging new product development in order to offer visiting buyers an opportunity to discover the very latest design-led products.”
BEST PRODUCT AWARDS
The Overall Winner of the Showcase Best Product Award was John Hanly & Co. for its collection in collaboration with fashion designer, Mariad Whisker (pictured below). John Hanly & Co creates textiles in tweed, wool and cashmere from its factory at Ballyartella Woollen Mills in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.
Best New Product Category Winners
FASHION & TextISLE: The fashion award went to John Hanly & Co. Ltd in collaboration with Mariad Whisker. Highly commended in this category was 31 Chapel Lane, for the collection working with 100% Irish Linens from Emblem Weavers, Thomas Ferguson and Baird McNutt. 31 Chapel Lane is based on Limerick city. Also highly commended were two Donegal companies – Fisherman Out of Ireland for the collection in collaboration with Electronic Sheep, and Magee Tweed for the collection with Elks.
HOME: The Best Product award went to Cooper Handcrafted Furniture from Monaghan for its Pestle and Mortar. Highly commended were Waterford’s Emerald Handmade Irish Crystal for the Decanter and Whiskey Glass, and Wicklow’s Old Court Linens for its Bread Bag.
GIFT: The Best Product award went to Jo Browne’s Solid Perfume and Cologne Collection. Jo Browne is based in Hacketstown, Co. Carlow. Highly commended in the gift category were Jando Design from Dublin for its Liberty Moon print, and McNutt of Donegal for its Linen Scarves.
JEWELLERY: The Best Product award in the jewellery category went to Emer Roberts Design for her 2017 Collection. Highly commended in this category were Inner Island, also based in Dublin, for its 2017 Collection, and County Down-based Rachel MCK’s Neckpiece.
Other Category Winners
DESIGN IRELAND: The winner of the Design Ireland award was Cooper Handcrafted Furniture from Monaghan for its collaboration with Wild Cocoon. Highly commended were Ciara Silke from Galway for her Silk Scarf, KaroArt from Dublin for its Ceramic Plate, and Waters + Wild from West Cork for its Organic Perfume. The winner of this award is selected by a panel of independent judges which assesses Design Ireland exhibitors for stand design and display, product quality and overall suitability.
CRAFTSMANSHIP AWARD: The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s Craftsmanship Award, which promotes creative development in craft, was won by A.Mullane Design for the innovation and craftsmanship of its overall product offering. Aoife Mullane’s textile design brand is based in Wicklow.
LEO AWARD: Leather designer My Name Is Ted, based in Westmeath, was selected as best of the Local Enterprise Offices exhibitors at Showcase.
Brendan McEvoy and his wife Kasia started the tech bag and accessory company two years ago. The business started when Brendan worked on upgrading an old leather bag made by his late grandfather, Ted Carbery, in 1962.
Photo: Brendan Griffin, founder with his wife Kasia of My Name Is Ted. (Pic: RollingNews.ie)