Craft sector well represented at RDS
Wexford's thriving arts and crafts sector will see 14 local exhibitors showcased in the biggest ever National Crafts and Design Fair at the Dublin RDS from December 2-6.
Among the local craftspeople who will be showing off the best of Wexford talent are Gorey jewellery designer Aine Breen, Ireland's first commercial nettle farmer Fiona Falconer, also from Gorey, Fethard-on-Sea furniture maker Thomas Kelly, woodturners Michael Kehoe from Crossabeg and Enniscorthy's Donal Murphy. Others exhibiting at the fair include award-winning stained glass artist and designer Bianca Divito from Gorey, New Ross-based hand-crafted hats artist Patsy Flood O'Connor, Bridgetown artist Simone Walsh, Wexford town's aromatherapist Natasha Flood, artist John Dunn from Ferns and jewellery designers Lina Varneliene from Enniscorthy and Gorey-based Blaithin Ennis.
This is the Year of Irish Design and our top craftspeople and designers from fashion to jewellery and beyond will be exhibiting their cutting-edge wares alongside the more traditional fare.'The Fair gives a vital economic stimulus to the crafts and design industry in Wexford and elsewhere with a spend in excess of €1 million per day,' said Festival organiser Patrick O'Sullivan, 'the annual RDS fair is vital to the crafts industry as a whole and it is estimated that it generates enough business to keep most of the exhibitors' busy for at least four months into the New Year. We are particularly pleased to have many excellent craftspeople from Wexford involved and showing off such a huge array of skills and talents at the show.' Full details of the fair and booking can be found at www.nationalcraftsfair.ie