It's International Women's Day and we're celebrating these 19 female makers in Ireland!

By Aoife Valentine 08-03-2018

Back row, L-R: Deirdre Breen, Aoife Mullane, Nathalie Vos, Izzy Rose Grange, Bernadette McCullagh, Jo Anne Butler, Aileen Balfe. Middle row, L-R: Siobhan Sacker, Amanda Vencatasmy, Alanna Plekkenpol, Rebecca Killen, Gillian Henderson, Gosia Sobkowicz. Front row, L-R: Jennifer Slattery, Julie McLoughlin, Karolina Grudniewska, Jennifer Doyle, Grainne Smith, Tara Hammond.


It's International Women’s Day and this year’s theme, #PressforProgress, is all about women moving forward and closing gender gaps. That struck the House and Home team as the perfect opportunity to highlight the amazing strides women are taking within the wider Irish product design, printmaking and craft communities.

The landscape is looking healthy: in 2016, Ireland’s design sector accounted for €38bn in exports, and 48,000 design jobs. This January, Showcase, one of the country’s largest annual international trade shows welcomed over 5,000 buyers from more than 20 territories including the UK, USA, mainland Europe and the Far East. With 450 designers showing their wares, orders generated at the show increased by 9.2%, coming on the back of 17% growth in 2016 and flat sales in 2017. The number of international retailers attending increased in 2018 and the quality of the buyer ramped up, with brands such as John Lewis, Dubai Duty Free and Galleries Lafayette

There was good news for women, too: in the juried area of 2018’s show, Design Ireland, 53 of the 76 brands were either owned by a woman or one of the partners in the business was a woman.

In the March/April issue of House and Home, we met 19 female makers who are elevating Ireland’s craft offering across a wide range of materials and disciplines. We profiled:

Aoife Mullane - A Mullane Design

Deirdre Breen - Deirdre Breen Prints

Jennifer Doyle and Grainne Smith - Beeswax Candle Makers

Jennifer Slattery - Jennifer Slattery Textiles

Alanna Plekkenpol - By Alanna

Aileen Balfe - Ail+El

Gillian Henderson - Jill & Gill

Julie McLoughlin - Jando Design

Amanda Vencatasamy - Hey Bulldog Design

Jo Anne Butler - Superfolk

Rebecca Killen - Rebecca Killen Ceramics

Gosia Sobkowicz - Candella

Siobhán Sacker - Gilded Hound

Bernadette McCullagh - Dúinn Designs

Karolina Grudniewska - KaroArt Ceramics

Izzy Rose Grange - Izzy Rose Grange Art

Tara Hammond - Slated

Nathalie Vos - Bunny and Clyde

Pick up a copy today to read our interviews with these talented women all about their crafts, their journeys and being women in business in the craft industry.

House and Home March/April 2018 is on shelves now in most good newsagents!

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