Mireog is run by illustrator/author Shona Shirley Macdonald, in collaboration with artist Ciarán Ó Nualláin. We take inspiration from the Irish language, folklore and natural world to create bold artistic designs, in the heart of the Irish speaking area of County Waterford. We then handprint our designs onto 100% organic Earth positive t-shirts which are manufactured using only wind and solar energy, and our illustrated greeting cards are digitally printed in Ireland onto 100% recycled card. All our products are packaged plastic-free. We produce a variety of greeting cards, Christmas cards, notebooks, t-shirts and wedding invitations. https://www.mireog.ie/
Sean Egan is a Master Engraver, Glass Artist, and Designer with over 40 years of experience in glass art, beginning his apprenticeship with Waterford Crystal in 1974. In 2009 Sean opened Sean Egan Art Glass in Waterford, working as a freelance glass artist and designer. Sean is passionate about his work and his aim is to keep the age-old skill of hand engraving on crystal alive, a craft that has been practiced in Waterford since the 1700s.
Using tiny copper wheels, Sean engraves his designs on blank crystal, which is the perfect medium for the elegant beauty of engraving. It is like an optical illusion and has a unique 3D effect on glass. Each touch on the wheel brings to life an image that seems frozen within the crystal. All his artwork is designed and handcrafted by
Sean in his studio, and no two pieces are exactly the same. “As a freelance engraver, I take my inspiration for my designs from everything around me”. He is renowned for his vivid depictions of nature, particularly marine life and wildlife, landscapes, and historical monuments, as well as Celtic and oriental themes.
Liz Christy, designer hand-weaver is inspired by Art, from paintings to poetry. She infuses her handwoven scarves with the hues of the changing seasons. Her colour palette echoes her surroundings; the fresh hues of springtime daffodils and bluebells, the vibrant highlights of the Irish summer landscape followed by rich shades of autumn and water-filled winter scenes.
In describing her weaving, Liz says ‘the threads pass through our hands many times during the process from start to finish’. Time is what goes into every unhurried handwoven piece. In her down-to-earth way, Liz has built relationships with her yarn suppliers over 30 years. This authenticity is woven into each scarf. Her designs feature mainly natural materials – beautiful Donegal yarns, specially spun bouclé wool and kid mohair, and locally bred Alpaca. During the hand-dyeing process, these yarns take on part of Liz’s colourful nature as she creates magical alchemy. The resulting colours are memorable and vibrant.
Each scarf is carefully hand-knotted in the old fashioned way, before hand-washing which brings out the luxurious softness of the fibres. Essentially Liz’s scarves are slow fashion, high quality and distinctive gifts to be worn and enjoyed. With care and gentle hand-washing Liz Christy handwoven scarves will become tomorrow’s heirlooms.
Mary and Keena: The Celtic Fairy Collection
We have always had a deep love for nature, folklore and all things Fairies. With a desire to bring long forgotten magic to new generations. The Celtic Fairy Collection came into being in 2017. After winning the All Ireland Fairy House Building competition in Carlingford, Co. Louth. After this there was a demand for our magical and unique Fairy Creations. We knew that we could produce premium quality handmade Irish themed creations to inspire people all over the world.
We have since created several ranges of beautiful handmade Fairy Doors, fairy furniture and related items, plus One of a Kind (OOAK) Artdolls called KnowMe's. A love of nature and wildlife is always a center point of our creations, so very often you can see the colours and textures portrayed in our art is hugely inspired by those which can be found in nature. Our creations are made to spark your imagination and bring joy to your indoor or outdoor environments. A new Fairy Door will bring your garden to life and provide a magical touch which makes it more welcoming for the fairies. All of our creations are designed, hand-made and hand-painted in Co. Cavan, Ireland, using only the highest quality materials and the finest attention to detail.
Each piece tells a different story and is uniquely collectible. Our Fairy House can be seen at The Leprechaun Cavern, Carlingford, Co. Louth.
Louise Carroll Designer
Louise Carroll Designs is based in the picturesque village of Dromahair in Co. Leitrim, in the West of Ireland. What was first a hobby of Louise’s became a full time business in January 2012
Louise had always craved a career in the design industry and found her niche in 2009 when her husband Kieran suggested she buy a sandblasting cabinet to engrave Mirrors and Glass, but after some research she discovered that she could also use it to carve Natural Slate.
She became passionate about this idea and shortly afterwards the equipment was bought and experimenting began. In 2010 she converted the attic in her home into a studio, where she still works today.
Louise’s first sale was a Natural Slate Clock. She has since developed a wide range of products including Framed Slates, Wall Hangings, Slate Photo Frames, Bespoke Mirrors, Photo Frames, Glassware and Keepsake Prints.
She pays careful attention to detail in each and every piece she works on and she ensures that every product that leaves the studio is of the highest quality. Her love for her work shows in the finished articles.