Art Scene: Designer makers offer Christmas craft experience

A beautiful piece of jewellery by Hannah McGuinness.

A beautiful piece of jewellery by Hannah McGuinness.

AS Christmas looms ever nearer it can sometimes be a stressful and fractious time for shoppers and retailers alike; that’s why the members of the Donegal Designer Makers always look forward to the Craft & Design Fair at Rathmullan House which takes place this year on 13th and 14th of December from 12 noon to 5pm.

Within Rathmullan House’s luxurious interior they set up their beautiful displays of handmade design while log fires, comfortable sofas, fresh coffee, home baking, hot port and artisan beers make this a shopping experience which is relaxing and stress-free.


The friendly and atmospheric period house has been host to this Christmas outing for these talented crafts-workers and designers for the last four years now and is becoming a fixture on the pre-Christmas calendar.

Donegal Designer Makers are now an established collective for top design and craftsmanship in Ireland with members working in ceramics, jewellery, woodworking, painted silk, print, photography, fashion design and textiles.

This showcase is an excellent opportunity to buy top quality locally made gifts that are unique and that little bit special and something to suit everyone’s budget. There will also be an opportunity to win a DDM gift voucher to the value of €100.

If you haven’t visited Rathmullan House stroll along the beach and drop in through the garden or use the ample car park and book lunch to coincide with the Fair, you will not be disappointed.

A piece by award-winning wood turner Sheamus McLaughlin.

A piece by award-winning wood turner Sheamus McLaughlin.

Curated by Seimi Quinn of Artworks, the Affordable Art Exhibition features a multitude of Donegal-based artists, painters, printmakers and photographers.

With a varied selection of art at affordable prices this will be a great opportunity to pick up a unique gift for someone special this festive season. And best of all you can buy and collect on the day – no need to wait until the exhibition is over. From €10 to €500 there are works to suit all pockets.

Exhibitors include Johnny Boyle, Marina Hamilton, Orla Egan, Christy Keeney, Liz Doyle, Cornelius Browne, Cathal McGinley, Redmond Herrity, Dolores Dunleavey, Adrian Kelly, Emily Bazely, Robert Clarke, Maura Mc Glynn, Frank Saucian, Marina Porter, Sarah Lewtas, Maria Connolly, Anne O’ Connor, Owen Clarke, Jason Mc Groarty, Emer Smith, Joan Murray, Kat Dempsey, Derek Harkin, Johnathan Smeaton, Maximum Homosapien, Rose O’ Toole, Stephen Cunniffe, Anna Lassus, Ian Gordon, Odette Boal, Patricia Marina, Bird on the Wire and Paul Rooney.

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