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

10 June 2013

Irish Shops we Love - Irish Design Shop

Irish Design Shop

Here at the artysmarty studio, we're always talking and thinking about how much we love Irish craft and design.  Why just talk about it when we can write about it?  Thus began our new feature of 'Irish Shops we Love'.  Over the next few months we are going to feature all of the amazing Irish shops that you may or may not know about, hopefully will visit for yourself and give you the opportunity to have a nosey about from the relative laziness of your desk!  First beautiful shop is the Irish Design Shop.

Founded in 2008 by jewellers Clare Grennan and Laura Caffrey, Irish Design Shop stocks the best of Irish design including ceramics, woodwork, textiles, jewellery and furniture.

Being makers themselves, they saw a need for a fresh approach to selling Irish craft which promoted handmade techniques and the makers behind the products.  In addition to the shop section of their site, they run features on makers around the country through articles and videos.

In December 2008, they opened a pop up shop in the city centre (In Powerscourt Townhouse). Seeing the advantages of having a physical presence, gave them the initiative to look for a premises where they could operate their business from on a long-term basis.

Tell us a bit about the shop.

Irish Design Shop was created by Clare Grennan and Laura Caffrey to showcase the best of craft and design made in Ireland. The products have a focus on craftsmanship and design that embraces traditional skills as well as a contemporary aesthetic.

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

Having sold our own jewellery for several years at markets and fairs, and not being able to find a suitable outlet to sell our work, we were inspired us to set up our own shop. With the aim to create a suitable outlet for not only our own work but the work of other talented makers we knew were creating great work around the country.

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

Our favorite part of the new shop is the layout and feel. We worked very closely with Sticks ff who built all of the fittings for the shop to create the warm, clean feel of the shop, using minimal colours and fuss to really showcase the products themselves.

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

We don’t necessarily follow trends in Irish Design Shop, but veer towards colourful, well crafted objects which are timeless.

How can we find you?

You can find us at our new shop :
41 Drury Street, Dublin 2,
or at our gallery shop in the RHA Gallery:
Ely Place, Dublin 2,
or on-line at :

05 June 2013

Bloom Garden Festival 2013

Were you one of the 80,000 of us who visited bloom over the weekend? If not you were missing out, but don't worry we have some great pictures for you.

Bloom is Ireland largest garden festival that takes place each year over the June bank holiday weekend but is not just for pretty flowers and well designed gardens! As the festival was hosted by Bord Bia there was all sorts happening for food lovers! Such as the Irish Cheese awards and appearances from Neven Maguire and Donal Skehan.

As well as good food, Bloom also had a craft beer tent where some of the Ireland best brewers were selling there wears. I ran into Stephen Clinch from Trouble Brewing who was promoting there new porter which I would highly recommend. I also had a long talk with Daniel Emerson of Stonewell Cider about the state of mass produced ciders. The Porter House and Carlow Brewing (better know as O'Hara's) were also in attendance.

There was also an area dedicated to Irish crafts with workshops, when I was there on Friday it was Printmaker with Adele Stanley.

There was also a huge amount artists exhibiting there work such as:
A Box for my Treasure - jewellery
Ana Faye - leather bags
Baby and Christening Gift Store
– framed children’s gifts
Basket Barn
– baskets
Belinda Northcote Designs
– prints, cards and gifts
Brooke & Shoals
– candles and creams
Cadenza Glass Beads
– glass bead jewellery
Castle Arch Pottery
– ceramics
Caulfield Country Boards
– wood
Edmund McNulty Knitwear
– knitwear
Fabulous Felt
– scarves
– prints
Heron Gallery
– prints
Inti Leathers
– handbags
Jewellery by Adam King
– jewellery
Juvi Designs
– jewellery
KaroArt Ceramics
- ceramics
Marianne Flood
– hats / millinery
McCul Clothing
– kidswear
Meab Enamels
– jewellery
Moth to a Flame
– candles
The Handmade Soap Company
– soap & creams
Rebekah Kahn Artwear
– birdhouses, framed art & jewellery

I will finish up with a few shots of the pretty flowers knocking around Bloom.

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