Aoife O’Mahony a goldsmith from West Cork, writes:
Here’s a short video I recently had made of me making my Beacon pendant. I tend to specialise in wedding jewellery and bespoke pieces, but this pendant has been extraordinarily popular.
The original pendant was commissioned by Wish of Skibbereen back in 2010, it represents the Beacon in Baltimore, Co Cork, a familiar landmark for locals and visitors alike.
I hope some of your visitors will find this process interesting. I figured, ‘Who doesn’t like watching how stuff is made?’
The 2010 pendant was a limited edition and sold out in days. Since then I have redesigned the pendant twice. 10% of each pendant sold is donated to the RNLI. In the last 6 years, Aoife O’Mahony Design and Wish and have donated over €5500 to the RNLI in Baltimore.
This is another limited edition of 200 pendants in sterling silver with a 9ct rose gold bead. A small number of which are available from my online shop for €125
I know you don’t normally do this but I’m a young Dublin based artist and was hoping that you could promote my new venture into illustration. It came from a love of all pawed and non-pawed creatures. A nice gift for the animal lover in your life. They are vector images drawn on a graphics pad using Adobe Illustrator and printed on high quality paper. I would like to offer a free illustration to one of your readers. Personalised Pet Portrait Prize goes to a pet-owning reader with the most heart-tugging reason for needing a portrait of their pet..Just complete this sentence:
I really badly need a portrait of my pet owing to____________________________________
The winner is Claire: “I got my lad 11 years ago and have been without him for 3 now. After a good friend and my Granny passed away in the one week, my mam decided it would be a real comfort and I was elated that the petitions I had left around my gaf as a kid, pleading for one had come to fruition. It was the only thing I ever really wanted as a kid, and the one thing I was proud to introduce and say was all mine. He was the most loyal,placid,and compassionate fella. He was the one person that was always there regardless, sharing garlic cheese chips together at 4 in the morning,or just licking my face when I wasn’t myself. He was my best pal and carrying him in my arms lifeless and limp with his big brown eyes just about hanging in there, knowing he wasn’t coming home, was heartbreaking. He gets a mention in my house daily because he was so integral and such a character. One of these would look lovely in our kitchen for Buddy :)”
We have started our own company! It’s called small and meand it’s about bringing innovative products to fun, stylish parents. The chewable jewellery line is made from food-grade silicone (just like baking spatulas and re-usable cupcake cases), and is perfect for soothing during the teething process.
They are for parents to wear while holding their baby, the necklace clasps pop open easily with a gentle tug, and every jewellery piece can be easily cleaned with warm soapy water – or popped in the dishwasher. We like to think they make great gifts for new mums….
“My Bray [Co Wicklow]-reared sister, currently living in Toronto, is showing and selling her work at Fan Expo (Toronto) this year. There’s a selection of Game of Thrones-inspired sculpture and artwork on offer, including a series of six “What if” Stark children and direwolf prints. Also available from her Etsy site [link below]. A plug would be great- trying to keep her at her art…”
“I was wondering if you would be interested in doing a little write up on my soap. I launched the business in November 2013 Suzanne Clarke [named in honour of Suzanne’s great grandfather Philip Clarke, 1913 Lockout veteran and a member of the Irish Citizens Army shot and killed in 1916].. it’s all handmade by myself…Each bar takes 4 to 6 weeks to cure, ensuring a good neutral PH. Olive oil, coconut oil and beeswax are carefully sourced, weighed and heated gently. We then add essential oils, herbs, botanical cleansers and exfoliants, and Irish spring water...Here are some outlets where you can purchase them [€5.90 each]”
For further information contact Suzanne at Suzanne@clarkesofdublin.com.
“Ma, mummy, mammy, mater, what do you call yours? I’ve taken the stress out of Mother’s Day with this handy card for working-class heroes likes meself and posh bastards like them next door. Just circle whatever you call yours.”
“Elaine Madigan cashmere is all designed and made in Ireland. Elaine designs the pieces herself and every part of the collection is handmade in Dublin, we are not only a fully Irish company but we are also creating jobs within Ireland as the company grows and expands. This year we had our first international orders from France and Germany.”