Awards­for Brayand Bless­ing­ton de­sign­ers

Bray People - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

TWO County Wick­low de­sign com­pa­nies have won pres­ti­gious awards at Show­case – Ire­land’s Cre­ative Expo.

Bray tex­tile de­signer Aoife Mul­lane of A Mul­lane De­sign was the win­ner of the De­sign and Crafts Coun­cil of Ire­land Crafts­man­ship and In­no­va­tion Award, while Bless­ing­ton’s Old Court Li­nens was highly com­mended in the Show­case Best Prod­uct – Home cat­e­gory for their ‘ bread bag.’

Show­case 2017 was of­fi­cially opened on Sun­day, Jan­uary 22, by Min­is­ter for Jobs, En­ter­prise and In­no­va­tion Mary Mitchell O’Con­nor and awards were pre­sented by Karen Hen­nessy, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the De­sign & Crafts Coun­cil of Ire­land.

The an­nual show has es­tab­lished it­self as a must-see trade event, at­tract­ing buy­ers from Ire­land and more than 20 other coun­tries, in­clud­ing UK, US, main­land Europe and the Far East, all keen to see the lat­est de­signs from Ire­land’s top brands and craft pro­duc­ers.

The De­sign and Crafts Coun­cil of Ire­land’s Crafts­man­ship Award, which pro­motes cre­ative de­vel­op­ment in craft, was won by A. Mul­lane De­sign for the in­no­va­tion and crafts­man­ship of its over­all prod­uct of­fer­ing.

A Mul­lane De­sign is a Bray-based printed tex­tile de­sign brand.

Old Court Li­nens is a fam­ily owed busi­ness run by Asta Gau­ron­skyte, based in the vil­lage of Manor Kil­bride.

Asta comes from Lithua­nia, a Coun­try fa­mous for its cen­turies of linen grow­ing and weav­ing tra­di­tions.

She grew up in a fam­ily where tex­tiles and sewing was part of the daily rou­tine. As a re­sult, Asta’s her­itage con­nected her with the tex­tile busi­ness.

Show­case is an in­ter­na­tional launch pad for the 450 Ir­ish de­sign­ers, man­u­fac­tur­ers and crafts­peo­ple who will be un­veil­ing their new sea­son col­lec­tions across fash­ion, jew­ellery, home and gift-ware over the four-day event.

A par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis is placed on new prod­ucts to mar­ket, pro­vid­ing re­tail­ers with op­por­tu­ni­ties to dis­cover and stock up on the lat­est de­sign-led prod­ucts.

Bray’s Aoife Mul­lane of A Mul­lane De­sign col­lects her award from Karen Hen­nessy.

Karen Hen­nessy hands over an award to Asta Gau­ron­skyte of Old Court Li­nens in Bless­ing­ton.

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