Thursday, 21 August 2014

Clay Creatives

Built by Orlaith Ross

This article first appeared in Image Interiors & Living, July/August 2014

Ceramics has a history spanning millennia and providing archaeologists and historians with key information on how humans have shaped their surroundings and manipulated materials all over the world. In Ireland ceramic artefacts have been found, now part of the collections of the National Museum of Ireland, dating back to as early as 3500 BC. But Irish pottery and ceramic ware is not solely an artefact in a museum, Irish ceramics live and breathe, they develop and evolve today both in functional and sculptural terms, with a number of artists, designers and makers all over the country creating beautiful work worth celebrating. Here is a look at just a small number of those makers pushing the boundaries traditional techniques and exploring contemporary aesthetics, functions or concepts.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Fabric by Donna Wilson

Mountain Home fabric by Donna Wilson

Scottish designer Donna Wilson has just launched a range of fabrics to buy by the meter, encouraging people to make their own products and textile items. Inspired by her upbringing on a farm in Aberdeenshire, the fabrics combine Wilson's trademark illustrative style with a sense of homeliness and comfort in nature. No need to say much more on this as far as I'm concerned, just click through and decide which pattern gets your creative juices flowing...

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Best of Year #5

I Like Local is five years old! If it were human it would be running around, causing mischief and starting school in a few months. As it's not actually human, instead it's grown to be a bank of over 300 posts about design and architecture in five different locations with a small but perfectly formed readership from all over the world. It's one of the only places you'll find writing about Irish design and architecture online and - call me biased - it's a damn good read. Year number five has brought with it a move to a fifth location (this time it's London) and as a result, a wealth of design and cultural inspiration. Some of the most popular posts this year have been my now annual degree show listings, but there have been other highlights too, you'll find them below. Year number six will see me stay put for the first time in ages (I'm about to start a masters in Curating Contemporary Design here in the big smoke) but I'll still be covering the best of Irish creativity amid my inevitable London discoveries. Make sure you're signed up to the mailing list for updates, keep in touch on Twitter and keep enjoying the blog!

Monday, 11 August 2014

Jeffry's House, Ards Forest Park

Framing views of the Atlantic ocean from Ards Forest Park in Donegal, Jeffry's House is the first architectural folly of its kind in Ireland. Following in the footsteps of Norway's National Tourist Routes, Jeffry's House is created by architect Thomas O'Brien and artist Emma Mannion and the thatched structure combines contemporary design with traditional building techniques in a unique setting. Designed to invite and intrigue, O'Brien and Mannion aim for it to be 'a respite from the elements and from the everyday'. Jeffry's House reveals the sea, sand dunes and mountains of the area through its architecture, while the project reveals the potential the right architecture has to enhance our experience of our natural resources. Initiated by Donegal County Council with the Irish Architecture Foundation, Coillte and Earagail Arts Festival, I look forward to experiencing it in the flesh. If you get there before I do, you'll find Jeffry's House along the Sand Dune Trail from the main car park and you'll get more info over on the IAF website...

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Summer Screen Prints

The Royal Tenenbaums by Concepcion Studio, exhibited at Summer Screen Prints
From today until 20 August Londoners who were on-the-ball enough to grab tickets before they sold out (not me) will enjoy new, old and iconic films screened each evening in the courtyard of Somerset House. This is the 10th year that the folks behind Film4 have presented Summer Screen at Somerset House, and to celebrate they've enlisted Print Club London to curate Summer Screen Prints. Summer Screen Prints brings together 16 artists and illustrators to each create a two-colour screen printed poster for a film in the programme, with varied and wonderful results.