Crafty designers dress to impress
TOP designers and craftspeople are hoping to generate over €20m in international sales later this month.
Showcase 2010, dubbed Ireland's 'creative expo', will be offering designers and manufacturers a chance to unveil their latest ideas and sign new contracts with overseas buyers.
Organisers yesterday announced details of its exhibition due to take place in the RDS, Dublin, from January 24-27.
A wide range of budding new talents in the fashion, jewellery and millinery arena will be setting up stalls during this four-day trading window. It is hoped the event will generate up to €22m in sales.
Creative Island will feature a group of retailers aiming to zone in on niche overseas markets. Colm de Ris Irish Pottery, Cushendale Woollen Mills, Inti Leathers, Linda Wilson Knitwear, Moth to a Flame Candles, Anna Nielson Prints and Saba Jewellery are included.
"Another innovative area at showcase will be the artisan food area," said spokesperson Susan Brindley.
Some 350 exhibitors will meet more than 5,000 buyers from the domestic and overseas markets, including North America, Europe and Japan.
As model Karen Fitzpatrick showed off one of her her designs, Jennifer Rothwell said: "I have chosen some amazing fabrics like the multi-colour print which looks somewhere between snake skin and peacock. This is a chance to stand out."
Helana Malone is a professional goldsmith and jewellery designer. Her work is beautifully constructed with simple shapes and intricate elements.
Other designers include knitwear wizard Edel McBride, McCul children's clothes-maker Derek Young and handbag lady Ana Faye. Robbie Reynolds' picture shows Faith Barnett in an Edel McBride dress, Karen Fitzpatrick in a Jennifer Rothwell creation and Nadia Forde in a Heather Finn design at the Showcase launch in the National Museum, Collins Barracks, Dublin yesterday.