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Saturday November 11th marks National Harp Day/Lá na Cruite where the recently established umbrella organisation, Harp Ireland, Cruit Éireann, will celebrate all facets of the harp in Ireland. With venues all over Ireland resounding to the sound of harps at workshops, sessions, concerts, talks, and demonstrations of harp making, Powerscourt Centre is delighted to be involved. The DIT Ensemble and harpers including Méabh McKenna, Luke Webb, Tara Viscardi, Sinéad King, Síofra Ni Dhubhghaill and Anna Smozbathy will be performing in the Centre at 2pm. Attendance is free of charge.

National Harp Day is Cruit Éireann’s first major initiative to promote Ireland’s national instrument, encourage more people to learn the harp, attract new audiences and recognise the harp’s unique place in Irish musical and cultural life.

18 10 2017

Behind the Brands

With Lisa Sisk of This Is Knit

Powerscourt Centre is the hub of the creative quarter and is full of the most successful Irish designers and shops. We are thrilled to gain an insight behind some of these wonderful brands.

Next in the series, is Lisa Sisk, owner of This Is Knit,  an independent, family-owned yarn shop that is full of high quality, natural-fibre yarns.

How did you begin your career in craft?

I began knitting while I was back packing in New Zealand after finishing my degree.  I was used to being “on the go” between work and study, so I wanted to fill the down time of travel with something productive.  I had no idea back then that my new hobby would change my life so completely.  The plan had been to come back home and resume studying law in one form or another!

Instead I convinced my Mum to partner with me in opening “This is Knit” and we’ve never looked back.

Describe the This Is Knit brand and aesthetic.

We supply quality yarns and tools for the enthusiast fibre crafter. Our service is friendly, open and helpful, with a strong focus on community.  We provide a tempting array of colourful yarns and plentiful project suggestions, all in a beautiful and inspiring setting.

What are your top tips for someone interested in getting more creative?

If you’re going to take up knitting or crochet for the first time then I would definitely suggest choosing a quality yarn that “speaks” to you.  Find a colour that you love or a texture that you just can’t put down.  You’re far more likely to finish that first project if you are enjoying having the materials in your hands.

You can always pick up a spare piece of yarn to practice new techniques on, but then go back to your “treat” yarn and make something small and simple. When a beautiful wool is used your project will shine (without the need for any complicated stitch patterns).

As for learning new techniques, we stock lots of beginner guides in the shop and we also offer knitting and crochet classes in the evenings and on weekends. There are also a huge number of online resources from You Tube videos and photo tutorials, to discussion groups and paid online courses.

With the colder months approaching, what is the most popular product your customers are making?

Around this time of year there’s a particular design that gets a lot of attention! It’s called the “Herriot Hat” and it’s knit in a chunky yarn made from 100% Baby Alpaca.  We have a sample of the finished hat in the shop and it’s topped with a fake fur bobble.  It’s fast to knit and fun to wear, with the bonus of being kitten-soft and toasty-warm.

We also expect the patterns from the latest Laine magazine to get a lot of attention in the coming months. Laine is a Nordic Knitting and Lifestyle Magazine with stunning photography, refined knitwear designs and long format articles.  It has proven very popular with our customers this year.

What would you most like to knit that you haven’t so far?

I have so many designs in my “queue” so that’s a tough one to answer!

I’d really love to make a giant cabled throw to snuggle under all winter. It’s something I’ve been dreaming about for years but I haven’t quite gotten around to making a reality yet.

On the other end of the scale there’s is a pattern called “Tsumuzikaze”, pictured to the right, which uses a very lightweight yarn blended from Merino Wool, Alpaca, Silk and Linen.  It’s a very elegant layering piece with lace detail on the sleeves and an asymmetric hem.  We have a finished version of it on one of our shop mannequins, but it has to stay there because it gets so much attention!

Who are people that inspire you in the creative world?

We have been fortunate to host some very talented designers in our shop for workshops and events in the past few years.  I’m always blown away by the creative mind of “Woolly Wormhead”. She is constantly innovating and adapting existing knitting techniques to create hat patterns that are both structural and beautiful. I’m always learning something new from her!

What attracted you to base your business in Powerscourt Shopping Centre?

The Centre is a lovely oasis of calm in the midst of the City Centre bustle.  The building itself is beautiful and so many of the tenants are design-led, owner-operated businesses.  The fact that it is based in the “Creative Quarter” makes it an ideal fit for This is Knit too!

What does the future hold for This Is Knit?

We’ve been working away on organising an entire Yarn Festival for May 2018!  “Woollinn” (www.woollinn.com) will feature an exciting array of workshops from many special guest tutors, and a fabulous marketplace of top-quality yarns, fibres and tools for knitters and crocheters.

It’s an exciting new venture and we’re looking forward to welcoming fibre enthusiasts from all over the world to Dublin for the event.

This Is Knit can be found on the first floor at Powerscourt Centre and online at www.thisisknit.ie

03 10 2017

Behind the Brands

With John Adams of Article

As the hub of the creative quarter, Powerscourt Centre is full of the most successful Irish designers and shops and we are thrilled to gain an insight behind some of these wonderful brands.

Next in the series, is John Adams, owner of Article, a unique homewares shopping experience that stocks many of Ireland’s leading contemporary designers.

How did you begin your career in design?  

Really by accident. After I graduated, I took what I thought would be a temporary sales job in David Mellor where we sold his Cutlery and really top-quality Kitchen and Tableware. 5 years later I was managing the branch in Sloane Square in London and then I later moved to Habitat. Though I have no formal design training at all, I’m a retailer with a good eye (hopefully!) first and foremost.

Describe the Article brand and aesthetic.

We focus on ‘items for the home’ and cover tableware, decorative accessories and stationery. I like to keep the selection quite tight and avoid drifting into fashion and personal accessories, but I also constantly update the selection with new things that catch my eye. Aesthetically our look is contemporary and my starting point is, ‘would I have it in my own home’ and then I decide from there if it fits with what we have already.

What trends do you see taking off for homewares in Autumn Winter?

I think the overall feel is very natural with lots of greens and natural wood. Brass is quite a strong look taking over from copper and silver/steel is beginning to be used again.

What one piece from your store, do you recommend people invest in?

Hard to pick one piece, but I really like the range of Kitchen accessories from Danish Brand Rig-Tig.

How do you decide which Irish designers to work with?

It’s a mix between people I’ve found on trips around the country and people who have come into the shop to show me their work. Who I choose is really about the fit and obviously how commercially viable it is.

What attracted you to base your business in Powerscourt Shopping Centre?

When I started the shop in 2010, the economy was very tough but I was able to take a small unit and establish the business before moving to our current unit at the end of 2011. The centre attracts a lovely mix of Dubliners and Tourists and it’s good to build relationships with the other shop owners and feel a sense of community.

What does the future hold for Article?

In 2018, I plan to refurbish the shop, we’ve been in this unit 6 years and it’s beginning to look a little tired though it’s a beautiful space, so we will obviously respect that whilst updating our look. Watch this space..

Article can be found on the first floor at Powerscourt Centre and online at www.articledublin.com 

KID Store Dublin are having a family day on Saturday 2nd September to celebrate the launch of Lollipops & Daydreams first children’s book “What If”. In this beautifully illustrated picture book, children of all ages are encouraged to use their imaginations. The book is proudly written, illustrated and printed in Ireland.

There will be face painting and goodies in store from 1 -4 pm.

Compadrito Tango presents a very special performance at The the Powerscourt Town House Centre this weekend for the celebration of the Creative Quarter Festival taking place in the heart of Dublin city.

Tango pianist duo, Nolwenn Collet and Olivia Paloyan will take to the stage at 3pm on Sunday 26th, accompanied by traditional Argentine Tango dancing. Together they will play and dance in an authentic Buenos Aires-style, creating elegance, beauty and passion on the dance floor!

Nolween and Olivia originally from France, both share a strong passion for tango music and love to explore its influences from Brazil and Argentina.  The Compradito Tango is a unique experience that will leave the audience mesmerized.

 

Location: Powerscourt Shopping Centre

Show times: 3-4:30pm

For more information about the event, please click the links below:

www.tangofever.net 

www.facebook.com/tangofever

Powerscourt Centre is delighted to have the 15 finalist paintings for the Sightsavers Junior Painter Awards on display in Powerscourt Centre until August 5th.

The Sightsavers Junior Painter Awards was open to primary school children across Ireland and received thousands of entries from over 200 primary schools. The aim was to inspire them to express their artistic talent and develop an appreciation of the importance and value of sight.

Sightsavers believe that everyone should have the right to learn, earn and be happy.

Pop into Powerscourt Centre to view each of the 15 finalist’s paintings on display from now until August 5th.

27 07 2017

Behind The Brands

With Mary Grant

Located in the heart of Dublin’s Creative Quarter, Powerscourt Centre is bursting at the seams with creativity. Home to some of the most inspirational and talented Irish designers, we are delighted to offer you some more Behind The Brand’s insights on what it takes to be recognised in this competitive industry.

In the third and final part of our Behind the Brands series, is Mary Grant, designer and owner of Mary Grant located on the ground floor of the Powerscourt Centre. Finding inspiration in everyday life, Mary is making it her mission to design clothing that woman can feel confident and comfortable in every day.

What made you choose this career path? Was design always of interest to you?
From a very young age, I was interested in making things. Sewing was a big passion of mine; I would spend hours learning intricate constructions from a book. I never dreamt that one day I would have my own brand! I know how lucky I am, being able to go to work each day doing what I love so much.

What inspires you and your pieces?
Raising 3 children on my own has kept me close to home and I have learned to be inspired by everything around me. Anything, from early morning sunshine to customer feedback, everything that happens throughout the day is a source of inspiration.

What attracted you to base your business in Powerscourt Shopping Centre?
I started out in the Design Centre 24 years ago. I have always loved Powerscourt Centre for its individuality and quirky independent businesses. When we decided to open our own brand store in Dublin, it was always going to be my first choice.

What do you think makes your pieces so unique and sought after?
Customers love wearability and timelessness and those are at the centre of everything we do. Occasionally we will do something just for a photoshoot; a special piece that will live in our archives, and come out for a little bit of playtime. But for the most part, we always consider women’s bodyshapes and design to flatter them and make them feel comfortable but stylish every day. We are not just for an occasion. We believe that how women feel everyday isalways more important and that is what we look after.

What is your favourite piece instore at the moment?

That would have to be the cashmere wraps. They have literally just landed instore & online and will most likely be sold out by the end of the week! It is the perfect piece to carry through from season to season.

What does the future hold for Mary Grant?
Well that is a surprise… We have lots of things in the pipeline, so watch this space!

 

 

You can find Mary Grant on the ground floor of the Powerscourt Centre or shop online at www.marygrant.com

24 07 2017

Behind The Brands

With Margaret O’Rourke, MoMuse

As Powerscourt Centre is a hub of creativity with some of Ireland’s most inspirational and talented designers, we are delighted to offer you some more behind the brand insights on what it takes to be recognised in this competitive industry.

In the second of our series Behind the Brands, is Margaret O’Rourke, designer and owner of MoMuse, located on the ground floor of the Powerscourt Centre. Recently named as one of the Top Five places to shop in Dublin by the iconic New York Times earlier this month, this unique Irish designer is making her mark on the creative world.

What made you choose this career path? Was designing always of interest to you?
Yes, I was always creative as was my Dad, who was a brilliant Carpenter. My journey began by buying some stones and putting them together and creating small pieces for friends and family. It really developed from there and then travelling across Europe to trade shows, that really inspired me.

What inspires you and your pieces?
Travel and visiting different cities as well as people watching; it is so inspiring. I have always liked simple and classic style. I believe less is more, classic fine jewellery will never outdate. It is an investment piece that you will have for years.

What attracted you to base your business in Powerscourt Shopping Centre?
I started in Powerscourt Centre when the Loft Design Market was first set up by the amazing Aisling Farniella and I have never left, it has been my home for many years and I love it!

What do you think makes your pieces so unique and sought after?
I love to work with colours especially in my gold-filled collection; these pieces are very affordable and good quality. My fine jewellery are timeless pieces in 9kt Gold, as well as my fine gold stacking rings all made here. For me, I listen to my customer and I design simple classic pieces they will always have. I love to see my customers continuously wearing my pieces, isn’t that what it is all about!

What is your favourite piece in store at the moment?I have now started working with some new gems and more diamonds. I am currently working on a new ring collection. I am proud to say they are all made here in Dublin and all beautifully laser hallmarked in Dublin Castle. All will be revealed in September!

What does the future hold for MoMuse?
Earlier this month (July 2017), I received the best news any designer could ever wish for! I got voted one of the ‘Top Five Places to Shop in Dublin’ by the NEW YORK TIMES! It has been an amazing and exciting week. So from this who knows, but I feel very excited for the future and what it holds for MoMuse.

You can find MoMuse on the ground floor of the Powerscourt Centre or shop the collection online at www.momuse.ie

Virgin Mobile have brought some of the Virgin magic to the streets of Dublin with their very own Virgin Mobile Data Demon.

Created by Artist Luke Egan aka Filthy Luker the installation has taken weeks to build and 7 hours to land on Powerscourt Centre here in Dublin’s South William Street to let people know about our Virgin Mobile amazing value offers and fantastic value smart phones.

14 07 2017

Behind The Brands

With Jennifer Rothwell

Powerscourt Centre is at the heart of Dublin’s Creative Quarter and is delighted to have some of Irelands most successful, inspirational and talented designers on hand. We sat down with three designers at the Powerscourt Centre to find out the background of their brands and gain some insights on what it takes to be so successful.

The first in the series of Behind the Brands is Jennifer Rothwell. Jennifer began her journey at Powerscourt Centre in 2014 when she set up her flagship store. Being one of Irelands most successful Irish designers, we wanted to get to know who is behind the brand a little better.

What made you choose this career path? Was design always of interest to you?

I have always been creative; I have loved to draw and paint from a very early age. I suppose my love of fashion started when I decided to turn my pink jumpsuit, which had elasticized cuff sleeves, into a pair of trousers for my Barbie Doll, I was only 7! I knew a career where I had to conform and wear a business suit, that just was not me! I wanted a career where I could continue to have fun and create beautiful things every day! I studied Education at NCAD first and then decided to move into Fashion.

What inspires you and your pieces? 

Vibrant Colours, Fabrics and especially my love of Irish Heritage and Culture. I am very passionate about my Irish heritage and culture. In 2015 I wanted to help reignite the Celtic Revival of the 19th and 20th centuries. The aim was to celebrate Irish artists, folklore, legends and traditions through fashion in a modern and contemporary way.  As a result, I created a varied range of my printing which was inspired by Harry Clarke’s, Book of Kells and 1916 GPO. My One Shoulder Stain Glass Printed Gown was worn on the Red Carpet at the Oscar’s by Liselott Olofsson, wife of Tom Moore who directed Song of the Sea which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.  In 2016, the National Museum of Ireland purchased 3 of my printed designs for their Contemporary Design Collection. I am very proud of this, it was a great endorsement of my work. I live and breathe the Made in Ireland Campaign although it can be very challenging at times. My passion started back in 2008 and continues to grow each day!

What attracted you to base your business in Powerscourt Shopping Centre?

ln 2014, I decided to open my first flagship boutique in Powerscourt Townhouse in the Creative Quarter.  I wanted to showcase my own collection while also supporting other fellow Irish fashion, accessory and jewellery designers that also exclusively make in Ireland. Powerscourt is such a beautiful period building and a perfect fit for my brand and boutique! I sincerely want to give fellow Irish designers, and myself included, a genuine platform to sell directly to the public, to promote and grow their businesses and create employment in the Irish design and manufacturing industry.

What do you think makes your pieces so unique and sought after?

Jennifer Rothwell designs are vibrant, colourful and are for clients that want to stand out of the crowd, who want something different and unique. We also offer a bespoke tailor-made service. Jennifer Rothwell is currently the only designer that digitally prints and makes in Ireland so we can create bespoke orders for customers worldwide! Jennifer Rothwell customers know when they buy our designs that they are investing in top quality garments that are unique, timeless fashion that will stand the test of time!

What is your favourite piece in store at the moment?

I love our printed range of Silk Tops; they are so versatile, you can wear them with white jeans for a casual summer look or wear them under a business suit for a more professional Look. The perfect day into evening piece! Our colourful prints make you feel happy too which is essential for every woman’s wardrobe.

What does the future hold for Jennifer Rothwell?

Global expansion! Jennifer Rothwell has its sights on the UK and USA markets over the next 6 months. An amazing photoshoot is also currently in the works for a major publication! There are so many very exciting things happening at Jennifer Rothwell HQ, the future is very bright indeed!

You can find Jennifer Rothwell on the Top Floor of the Powerscourt Centre or shop the collection online at www.JRothwell.net


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