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Thursday 19 July 2018

Local designers at Gifted Design Fair

Fiona Magennis

A number of local craft designers will be among the talented line up who will be showcasing their work at Gifted Contemporary Craft and Design Fair in Dublin's RDS from December 5th to 10th.

Drogheda-based silk artist Mel Bradley and a Emma's So Naturals Eco-Soy candles from Ardee, are among the Louth makers who will be showcasing their work at Gifted Contemporary Craft and Design Fair in Dublin's RDS from December 5-10.

Gifted celebrates the best over 600 Irish designers and makers from fashion to jewellery and beyond.

Record-breaking crowds of over 45,000 are expected to generate more than €1m per day in sales at this year's largest-ever six-day fair.

Representing Drogheda at Gifted is Mel Bradley Silks whose unique collection of scarves and wraps allows the wearer to play with textures and styles.

Emma's So Natural handcrafted Eco-Soy Candles, founded in 2010, will be flying the flag for Ardee providing a healthy, alternative, clean way to fragrance your home and another talented local exhibitor is handbag maker Cathy Prendergast from Dundalk.

Also showcasing her work at the event is Carlingford designer Bernadette McCullagh of Dúinn Designs who turns local legends and iconic symbols of Ireland on their heads making them into beautiful textiles.

The designs that emerged have become the basis for her vibrant and vividly patterned range of scarves, aprons, tea towels and household textiles.

Gifted is a celebration of the best Irish designers and makers - people who are truly gifted.

Formerly known as the National Crafts and Design Fair, Gifted includes top cutting-edge designers and makers in Irish fashion, ceramics and glass, jewellery, art and photography, children's gifts and presents inspired by nature.

The event also includes a Spectacular Christmas Food Emporium featuring over 120 artisan food producers, taste-tempting visitors with the best of the season's fare.

The growth in Ireland's vibrant design sector means that Gifted has been expanded by an extra day to become a six-day unique Christmas shopping experience.

'Giving a Gifted gift to your loved ones this Christmas means that they will be receiving a special item straight from the maker,' said organiser Patrick O'Sullivan. 'We have the top cutting-edge designers and makers in Irish fashion, ceramics and glass, jewellery, art and photography, children's gifts and presents inspired by nature.'

Gifted offers Ireland's largest Christmas gift shopping experience with prices starting from as little as €5.

In addition, there will be 10% off everything at the Fair on the opening day, Tuesday, December 5.

Gifted Contemporary Craft and Design Fair takes place at the RDS Main Hall from December 5-10 from 10am each day. Full details and booking can be found at www.giftedfair.ie

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