Thursday 21 September 2017

Crafty designers to impress 40,000 visitors at fair

Emma Andrews at the National Crafts & Design Fair in RDS. Picture: Mark Condren
Emma Andrews at the National Crafts & Design Fair in RDS. Picture: Mark Condren
Aideen Sheehan

Aideen Sheehan

KAYAKING around the coast to find interesting pieces of driftwood for his artwork is all part of a day's work for John Dunn.

The carpenter-turned-sculptor is one of 400 craftspeople exhibiting their wares at the National Crafts & Design Fair, which runs until Sunday at the RDS.

Over 40,000 people are expected to attend the event with queues forming even before the doors opened yesterday.

Mr Dunn's sea-themed sculptures invite the onlooker to turn a handle and see what happens.

Textile designer Emma Andrews from Co Down was taking a break from her other work as a designer for the TV drama 'Game of Thrones'.

While she loves designing the drapes and dramatic soft furnishings for the epic hit show, her gentler works of silk flower brooches at €8 and fabric Christmas decorations priced at €10 for two were going down well.

Entrance to the craft fair costs €10, with concessions available for €8.

Irish Independent

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