Cork Crafts - Wexford Jewellery Designer
Striking jewellery pieces, as worn by many Irish celebrities, will be exhibited by a Wexford designer at the 25th City Hall Crafts and Design Fair in Cork from November 24-27.
This year’s 25th Anniversary Fair promises to be a bumper celebration of an event that traditionally heralds the start of the Christmas season in Cork.
Award-winning jeweller Blaithin Ennis from Gorey, prides herself on her ability to source, manipulate and combine unusual materials from around the world to produce wearable, special and striking pieces.
The Bláithín Ennis label is hand-made, affordable and beautifully designed, incorporating simple, craft driven techniques.
Within a year of graduating from the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin, Bláithín went about setting up her own label ‘Bláithín Ennis’.
Having previous industry experience with New York based designer Diane Von Furstenberg, Bláithín launched her first collection in 2012.
She designs and makes couture fashion pieces, alongside her range of contemporary jewellery and stands by her ethos, “A unique accessory can give a new lease of life to the very simple garment”
Over €150,000 per day will be spent at the biggest crafts fair outside Dublin, which will feature over 60 of the best contemporary crafts and artisan food producers from all over Ireland.
Fairgoers in search of an original Christmas idea can be guaranteed a haven of quality wares both for gifts and the home this festival season.
“The City Hall Crafts and Design Fair gives a vital economic stimulus to the crafts and design industry in the Munster region with an estimated spend in excess of €150,000 per day,” said Festival organiser Patrick O’Sullivan.
“Shoppers will find a wide range of crafts, artisan-made goods, food and drink, designer handcrafted outfits and accessories at the Fair.
“This year we have a lot of new content with many first-time exhibitors showcasing the best of new crafts and food from around the country.”
Among the range of other exhibitors showcasing individual and original pieces this year will be Cobh artist and jeweller Barbara Hall, Wexford’s bespoke hardwood furniture designers Bevel Furniture , Tipperary artisan food producer Florrie Purcell, and West Cork artist Annabel Langrish.
Julie and Owen McLoughlin of Jando Design have created a range of prints specially for the City Hall Crafts Fair which will feature some favourite local landmarks such as Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, The Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse and Cork City Gaol.
The 25th City Hall Crafts and Design Fair takes place at the City Hall, Cork from November 24-27. Full details and booking can be found at www.cityhallcraftsfair.ie.
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