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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 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre. At 12 noon on Saturday, December 3rd, we are delighted to welcome back Dublin City’s most authentic Father Christmas. Arriving to the joyful melodies of the Piccolo Lasso Children’s Choir, Dublin’s most popular Father Christmas’, alongside Mrs. Claus and the playful elves, will welcome families and shoppers with triumphant delight.

Filled with 18th century charm, Father Christmas’s workshop and grotto is a must see for all the family. From the moment, you enter families will feel as if they have landed in the North Pole and children will get a real winter wonderland experience. Greeted by a toasty fire and twinkling lights, the whole experience will be a truly magical experience for big and little kids alike. Entry is €15 and includes a photo with Father Christmas and a unique gift, plus a donation to the Simon Community.

Hosting a series of magical Christmas events that will fill the Centre, with Yule tide spirit, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre is truly the place to visit this Christmas. From the first week of December, the Centre will be packed to the rafters with joyful activities from stunning live lunch time Opera with leading Irish sopranos, children’s face-painters and complimentary entertainment for all.


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The Culwick Choral Society is excited to celebrate Christmas with what will be a truly wonderful night at the National Concert Hall featuring special guest soprano Cara O’Sullivan on Monday Dec 5th at 8pm. Also joining them for their jam-packed programme of seasonal music will be the Dublin Concert Band conducted by Fergus O’Carroll, the women and girls of the award-winning Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath, and our own David O’Shea, organist and pianist. Their compère for the evening is the celebrated broadcaster Olivia O’Leary.

Amidst a bounty of familiar seasonal favourites, old and new, their highlight will be the first performance in Ireland of On Christmas Night, a beautiful Christmas cantata by the English composer Bob Chilcott. Written in 2011 for choir, chamber ensemble and organ, it’s based on a delightful sequence of eight carols and offers a charming celebration of the Christmas story.
Other highlights include the Christmas music from Handel’s Messiah, and sing-along Christmas carols and songs
Cara O’Sullivan, soprano Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath Dublin Concert Band, conductor Fergus O’Carroll Olivia O’Leary, compère David O’Shea, organ/piano Bernie Sherlock, conductor

Tickets: €13 – €25.00 (concessions available) National Concert Hall Box Office Tel. 01-417 0000 Online booking www.nch.ie (no booking fee) For further information, please contact The Hon. Secretary: secretary@culwick.org

Check us out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Culwick-ChoralSociety/212299545505554 

Or our website: www.culwick.org

Written and directed by Gary Duggan
Starring Stephen Kelly and Gerard Byrne (Fair City)

A re-imagining of the original heart-warming story set in our very own Dublin city!
This familiar festive story by Philip Van Doren Stern tells the tale of a good man driven to the brink of suicide on Christmas Eve, when a guardian angel approaches and shows him a world without his existence.
This December, Gary Duggan brings his trademark contemporary style to this adaptation of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. We find ourselves at The Summit Inn in Howth where we meet Georgie Travers, on edge at last orders on Christmas Eve. The barman has disappeared to pull down the shutters, leaving Georgie with just one other straggler. Oddball Laurence won’t let Georgie finish his last pint in peace, working hard to convince his new bar buddy that Georgie’s life till now has not been one monstrous disappointment for all involved. And there’s a better possible future for Georgie than his own planned moonlit stroll to the cliff walk.
Gary Duggan is the award-winning author of MONGED, and SHIBARI (Abbey Theatre) as well as a successful screenwriter with work including AMBER and FAIR CITY for RTE.

‘Duggan’s hometown touch makes it entertaining and moving… Byrne’s bravura performance as the angel… (carries) the show along to its triumphant conclusion’

BOOKING for all shows: www.bewleyscafetheatre.com or 0868784001.

December 1st – December 21st, 2015.
Mon-Sat at 1pm (doors open at 12.50pm)
Tickets: Low-price Mondays €8, Tues – Thurs €10, Fri – Sat €12.
Light Lunch available €4.
BOOKING: 086-8784001 / www.bewleyscafetheatre.com

Festival Productions returns to Simon House of Light at Powerscourt Townhouse Centre with another stunning performance for this charitable event in aid of the Simon Community – the ever popular OLIVER! The Musical. The team that brought The Wizard of Oz, Annie and The Sound of Music to the stage has a treat in store with this fantastic production of the all-singing, all-dancing classic – much loved by Irish audiences.
Tony Finnegan plays Fagin in a performance acclaimed by critics and loved by audiences. Roisin Sullivan comes from the West End to play Nancy, and the role of Oliver is shared by two wonderfully talented boys; James O’Donoghue and Luke Fitzgerald. They are supported by over 60 singers, dancers and street urchins in a performance that will be no doubt bursting with colour and energy.
Simon House of Light event will begin at 5.00pm on Thursday 10th December 2015 at Powerscourt Townhouse Centre.

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We are giving away a Family Pass to see Dublin’s Most Authentic Father Christmas!

Head over to our Facebook page and ENTER by Liking and Sharing the competition post to be in with a chance of win this amazing prize.

Winner will be announced Friday 11th December. #Competition #PCChristmas15 #ShopPowerscourt

To help ease the frantic shopping madness, we have extended Christmas Opening Hours!


The centre is set to welcome plenty of performers and entertainers over the festive period. On Thursday 10th December, the centre will see the Simon Community House of Light Campaign on the façade of the centre. On the evening, the stunning cast of Oliver!, Culwick Choral Society and the Lucan Gospel Choir. The centre will be filled to the brim with late night shoppers enjoying the buzz of the festive activities, Hamley’s Treasure Hunt and delicious mulled wine.

From a plethora of choirs such as the Rockmount Ladies Choir, Gonzaga School Choir, and the Dublin County Choir, as well as complimentary Lunchtime Opera to an afternoon showing of Musical Suspects you will be filled with joy when visiting the Powerscourt Centre this December.  Whether you come to enjoy the live performances, do your shopping or to eat in one of their 7 eateries, the Powerscourt Centre is really the centre like no other for the whole family this Christmas.

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