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Showcasing Carlow Design


  • 03 December - 31 January 2021
    11am - 5.30pm, Tuesday - Sunday

This December VISUAL and FORM collaborate to showcase and sell Carlow made design and craft.

The FORM network consists of designers makers and craftspeople, who create high quality home ware, gifts and wearable pieces. All members live and work in County Carlow.

Collectively, FORM aims to raise the profile of designer makers and craftspeople producing high quality work in Carlow, promote County Carlow as a destination for high quality design and craft and provide a forum for designer makers and craftspeople. FORM Carlow is supported by Carlow County Council Local Enterprise Office.

VISUAL is committed to developing the sustainability of artistic practice both locally and nationally and delighted to collaborate with this group of talented makers based in Co. Carlow.

If you are looking for beautiful, locally made gifts this Christmas visit the VISUAL shop for crafts, books and more.

Open from 03 December 11.00am- 5.30pm, Tuesday - Sunday.


About the Designers

Ariane Tobin makes her contemporary jewellery designs from her Carlow based studio in sterling silver, gold, precious gemstones and other natural materials such as wood.  Her designs are inspired by nature and draw on shapes and motifs from seed pods and plants to microscopic radiolaria.

Darragh Sinnott is a furniture designer maker and woodturner based in Rathanna Co. Carlow.  A graduate of GMIT Letterfrack and a native of Galway his main medium of work is in wood, whether turned, carved or made into furniture.

Emma Jane Champley’s greatest passion is working with silver, exploring this beautiful metal's capabilities and showcasing it in its purest form. In her work she employs simple, elegant shapes that are highly polished or roughly hammered.  Inspired by the human form, she creates both one of a kind commissioned pieces and statement collections.

Martin Lyttle is an Irish Stone Sculptor working with local Irish stone and based in south Co. Carlow. He studied and worked as an engineering geologist for 20 years before taking up a long cherished desire to do stone sculpting. A sense of place and a concern for the natural environment informs his practice and his work concentrates on natural, organic forms and the composition and texture of the stone.

Martin Marley trained as a designer but the artist within searched for more expressive ways of working with clay. Sometimes these sculptural pieces are exact facsimiles while sometimes they are abstracted forms, playfully mimicking facial and body silhouettes and forms.

Mary Bourke, the goldsmith behind the jewellery brand DeBurca Design, originally from Mayo, has set up her own studio in rural county Carlow overlooking the Barrow valley. Mary takes ideas from nature such as repetition and pattern and the interplay of light, line and shadow, and demonstrates these through her jewellery designs, working with silver, gold, pearls and precious stones.

Nicola Brown’s textile practice can be described in three words, simple, natural, crafted. The focus of her work revolves around eco printing, a simple but exciting technique where handmade felt, locally woven lambswool, linen, up-cycled fabric and silk  is wrapped with home grown vegetation then boiled to extract direct contact prints.

Tomomi McElwee grew up in Japan with its rich culture and textile heritage where picking up small pieces of fabric and stitching them together became a natural obsession for her. Now living in Rathvilly, Co. Carlow, she makes quilts using both traditional patchwork patterns and her own original designs.

Liga Valge, the designer maker behind Valg Studio specialises in the medium of polymer clay to create simple, contemporary statement jewellery and sculptural wall art. Her current collection ‘Shadow and Light’ is inspired by Liga's close connection to nature.

Leiko Uchiyama is internationally recognised feltmaking artist. Her agriculture study led her to sheep and wool. Now, over 25 years of felting and dyeing experience go into her unique work. Her wet felting technique creates a fine lacy felt inspired by the pine needles spread on snow in her hometown.

Visit Form Carlow for more information on the artists.