11 November 2013

We're Moving! Come with us.....

Hi Everyone!

Just a quick one to say that we're now incorporated this blog with the new look web site www.artysmarty.ie and if you head on over there you'll be able to view all the new collection, news and updates all in one location.  As a special thanks for coming with us, we're going to offer free shipping on all orders made on the new site.  If you add the coupon code #freechristmasship at the checkout you'll receive your lovely order without paying for the privilege!  Don't say we never do anything for ye!  See you there x

16 August 2013

Irish Shops we Love! F.E. McWilliam Studio

F.E. McWilliam Studio

One of artysmarty's favorite stockists, F.E. McWillam Studio in Banbridge, Co. Down is set in beautiful surrounds and well worth a visit.

Opened in September 2008, the gallery celebrates the work of the sculptor, Frederick Edward McWilliam, who was born in Newry Street, Banbridge on 30 April 1909. A contemporary and friend of Henry Moore, McWilliam made his name in London and established a reputation as one of the most important sculptors of his generation.

After McWilliam’s death on 3rd May 1992, his estate gifted the contents of his studio, originally situated in Holland Park, London, and a number of sculptures to Banbridge District Council. After several years of research a suitable site and funding was found to commence work on a purpose built gallery, sculpture garden and replica of McWilliam’s studio. Designed by Kennedy Fitzgerald and Associates, Belfast, the gallery is conveniently situated on the outskirts of Banbridge and just off the main Belfast to Dublin road.

Featuring a permanent display of McWilliam’s work, temporary exhibitions of Irish and international art, a craft shop, cafĂ© and Banbridge Tourist Information Centre, the F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio attracted over 43,000 visitors during its first year and continues to attract a wide range of local, national and international visitors.

15 August 2013

Irish Shops we Love! The Old Mill Stores

The Old Mill Stores

A brush with fame and fortune for this installment of Irish Shops we Love!

The Old Mill Stores is owned and run by Claire Graham & Tom Keane. Their stock runs the gamut of goods from hardware to haberdashery and crockery to craft that is high-quality, original and hard not to love.

The Old Mill Stores sell high quality, well-designed and sometimes amusing, homeware, gifts, craft, antique stoves and more - from the practical to the beautiful. Their guiding principle is simple - if they like it and think you will too, they buy it! 

Tell us a bit about the shop.
People are looking for things to do on those cloudy days, and we do better on the less glorious days. People will stop and browse for half an hour, and our modus operandi at The Old Mill Stores is to stock items that will not be found in other places.  A lot of our trade would be divided between Irish visitors from all over the country and local people searching for a special art or craft gift for an occasion or event.  We have a lot of space here, particularly after doing a basement conversion, so adding extra ranges was a natural direction for us to grow in.  Already living over the store, we wanted to maximize the space to yield better retail potential.

What inspired you to open your outlet and how long have you been up and running?
We wanted to sell things that couldn’t be found elsewhere in Ireland, and began travelling to source unusual stock from around Europe. Having brothers in Denmark and Holland made regular buying trips an attractive proposition for us as new styles and ranges were slowly added to the expanding business. We source new goods during our quieter periods — October, November and January. Copenhagen and Amsterdam are wonderful for finding interesting ranges in new design, as well as regular trips to France. Over the months, we became stockists for goods that nobody else was selling here.

 What's your favorite part of having your own shop?  Describe a typical day for us!
With stove sales still accounting for a significant portion of sales, The Old Mill received an unexpected, and very beneficial, piece of promotion when three of their models were chosen for the final Harry Potter film. We had become quite famous for our stoves, as we were the only people bringing antique Scandinavian and European stoves and the filmmakers just came across us on the internet. They went on to buy three stoves, and that in turn led to us also being contacted for other stoves by film director Tim Burton. We did get to bring the stoves over to the UK, and while we didn’t get to go on the Harry Potter film set, it was a great opportunity for us to visit a number of markets over there.

Have you spotted any trends for SS2014 you can let us in on?
We would like to develop our own brand range, possibly along the lines of t-shirts, bags, scarves, aprons — a general gift and accessories range. We have a number of design ideas in that space that we see as being very marketable, as well as a possible pop-up shop either in Cork City or Dublin. Allied to that, we are looking at adding more vintage lines to the shop, as well as maintaining and developing our online presence further. The season here in West Cork has certainly started very well for us, and we expect a better summer than last year.

 How can we find you?

You can find us on our website:

On Facebook:

Or at shop:

Co. Cork

Or By phone:

+353 (0)28 34917

31 July 2013

We are looking for YOU!

artysmarty is seeking an unpaid intern to assist with online sales and marketing. The intern will gain varied practical experience in a wide range of duties and will receive support and mentoring for each task. The right candidate should be flexible, enjoy working in a fast paced office and have an excellent eye for detail. The role is for 3 months starting immediately and candidates should hold a third level qualification.  The role  will include;

Online Sales
 Maintenance of external e-commerce sites; ‘Not on the High Street’ and ETSY, edit and expand listed lines/products, update images, improve SEO, and related marketing of sites. Participate in the review of sales/costs and effectiveness.
 Assistance in fulfilment of all online sales.
 Editing, bug checking and listing items on new e-commerce Word Press web site which will be the main advertising and e-commerce site for the company www.artysmarty.ie

 Research and development of marketing plan for online advertising to drive traffic and increase sales to www.artysmarty.ie and ETSY e-commerce sites, including development of long term plan to increase SEO to e-commerce sites.
 Represent the brand at direct selling events.
 Assistance with preparation for upcoming trade events. Next event; Top Drawer September 2013 in London.
 Direct marketing, including issue monthly newsletter for ‘face to face’ customers and trade customers. Maintain customer contacts lists with new contacts using Mail Chimp.
 Strategy and execution of online social media marketing plan to build brand awareness and direct communication with customers.

Please send your CV to Angela at angela@artysmartyshop.com

25 June 2013

Irish shops we love - Jam Art Factory

Jam Art Factory

Following on in our series of Irish Shops We Love, today we're featuring Jam Art Factory, a gallery and design shop which aims to promote up and coming Irish based artists and designers.  Their aim is to give students around Ireland the chance to showcase their work as well as working with established artists resulting in an exciting blend. 


Tell us a bit about the shop
We are a gallery and design shop on Patrick Street and have recently opened a new premises on Crown Alley, Temple Bar.  We specialize in selling Irish based art and design. We try to have a diverse range of stock from ceramics, paintings,  jewellery, photography, t-shirts and whole load of other pieces. A lot of the work we stock have a quirky and contemporary edge to them. We've been open for two years now and long may it continue!

What inspired you to open your outlet and how long have you been up and running?
We opened the shop two years ago to try showcase the talent the our little island has to offer. Ireland seems to be a hub of design activity over the last few years. I think the influence of a lot of different cultures and ideas from different nationalities living in Dublin and the Irish themselves has had a great effect. Also the locations we opened up in are very busy with tourists so we wanted to offer them something different than they usual leprechaun inspired souvenirs to bring home. However, in saying that, our customer base is around 50/50 with Irish and tourists.

What's your favorite part of having your own shop?  Describe a typical day for us
My favourite part of having my own shop being able to pick and choose my favourite pieces of design and being able to put them all in one place. Working in the two shops day in, day out is made a whole lot easier when you are surrounded by beautifully crafted pieces. Also, there is an immense sense of pride in seeing it grow.

Have you spotted any trends for SS2014 you can let us in on?Trends I've noticed for SS2014?  Em, in jewellery design I've noticed a lot of up and coming designers using industrial inspired designs mixed with geometric shapes and maybe a strong neon colour mixed in for contrast. It's really effective and eye catching.

How can we find you?

You can find us at:

Jam Art Factory Web Site

and Instagram:


16 June 2013

We Love Irish Shops - Love Vintage

Love Vintage

Continuing on with our special 'we love Irish shops' theme this week we're going to take a bit of time to get to know, Love Vintage! 

Tell us a bit about the shop.

Love Vintage is literally the love of my life! I, Carolanne Joyce, am on my 13th shop in this lifetime. This one is the most joyful; its ethos is re-use, spread the joy, get all those treasured pieces out of the attic and into the light of my shop Love Vintage!! I also sell new and oid and books.

What inspired you to open your outlet and how long have you been up and running?

I adore things like vintage tea party, birdsong, Taschen books and our best seller, foraging !!!  We are all getting back to simpler times beside the most joyous book birdsong are artysmary's bird brooches. Artysmarty brings such creativity into the shop and of course it sells like mad !!!!

What's your favorite part of having your own shop?  Describe a typical day for us!

The shop is in a continuous state of change and excitement, re inventing itself to please all the diverse customers who love, like me, Connemara.  To travel through the mountains and breathe the still gentle energy of Connemara is bliss itself.

I try to reflect that in my shop and what I choose to put in it, the artysmarty collection sits beautifully beside scarves vintage bags...gloves...clip on earrings and so many more unusual pieces from all over the world.  A feast for the eyes. That what Love Vintage is!  I love being able to choose mind blowing things that’s why I love having my own shop!  I am on my fourth year now yephee !!!!

Have you spotted any trends for SS2014 you can let us in on?

The trend towards seeing our surroundings in a new way has led to an increased interest in nature. Hence birds, owls, foxs, etc. are selling in lots of forms; brooches, books, necklaces [and of course the foraging theme is the next big thing. (TELL NO ONE !!!!).

How can we find you?

Check us out on Facebook : Love Vintage on Facebook

Come to Clifden, Connemara we are on Market Street.

Phone me for opening times; Carolanne +353 (0)85 1515 879.

11 June 2013

Our Annual Summer Solstice Sale! Saturday 22nd of June.

The studios of artysmarty and A Box For My Treasure are throwing open their doors on Dublin’s Dame Lane on Saturday 22nd of June for a unique jewellery sale with up to 50% discount on sample item and final lines, as well as a sneak preview of new Spring Summer 2014 pieces!

It’s a rare chance to get an exclusive insight of the inner workings of two local jewellery designers, explore the studio and see how their individual jewellery pieces are designed and made in an unlikely Dublin city center location.

A Box For My Treasure and artysmarty are located at 14-15 Dame Lane, Dublin 2.  Sale runs for one day only, June 22nd from 11am to 5pm.

A Box for my Treasure 

A Box for my Treasure is the creation of Dublin born jewellery designer Judith Ritchie.  Judith began her jewellery design career in 2009 creating nature and vintage inspired jewellery.  She incorporates semi-precious gemstones with sterling silver and 14k gold filled pieces, along with vintage components, to create dainty and delicate pieces that are chic, whimsical and wearable.

artysmarty – accessories with personality!

Angela Cuthill is the founder of artysmarty, an accessories company that specialize in vintage style costume jewellery which include necklaces, earrings and laser cut wood brooches.  All of her pieces are a uniquely stylish alternative to traditional jewellery.  Every item is designed and handcrafted in Dublin.

Our Top Ten Craft Father’s Day Gift Ideas.

Ahh Fathers’s Day, that great time of the year you have to praise your auld fella.
Don’t just get him a boring card, if you need help coming up with a gift idea we here at artysmaty have come up with a list of cool crafty gift ideas to make the your dad look slick!

There is nothing like getting dressed up in a suit, you just can’t beat it!  You can make it that bit fancier with a tie bar and get it personalized just for him and best of all it’s not too hard on the pocket.
 Tie Bar
If your father is any thing like mine he likes his gadgets, most of all his i-phone! So a nice hand-stitched leather i-phone case that doubles as a wallet is the perfect gift.
 iphone case
This gift idea is a little on the pricey side of things be I’m sure any father would love to have it!  It’s a simple homebrew starter kit, with everything you need for a few gallons of lager!
Here is a great one, get a personalized print for you dad and write the whole thing yourself.  May sound a little cheesy but I’m sure it will be appreciated more then you know.   Plus it looks pretty!

Thanks Dad
Prefer something a little less wordy?  Here is a great little idea for another customized present.  It’s a cute photograph print where you a add your own pictures to print say “Auld Fella” or what ever you like.
 Fathers day pint
When it comes to fashion it’s all about the little things and here is one of them.  There is nothing more dapper then a lovely pocket square it just compliments a suit.  Here is a pretty one with an even prettier price!pocket square
My old man has already gotten himself a pretty nice hat collection but I’m sure that he wouldn’t say no to another one. Here is a men’s classic for you.

Back hat

Fathers day is slap bang in the middle of summer, one of the rare times in the year where men try to cook.  So here a gift the may (more may not) help them do a good job!

How about some cool minimalist artwork to hang on the wall for your dad? If that doesn’t float his boat I don’t know what will!

Geometric Minimalist Print
Now for some shameless self promotion! We have just made a new series of personalized cufflinks for this Father’s Day, which you can check out over on Not On The High Street and tell us what you think!
 Barcode cufflinks
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