Gifted Laois designers and craftspeople set for national spotlight

Conor Ganly

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Furniture designer and sculptor Alan Meredith from Mountmellick is among the Laois makers showcasing at Gifted Contemporary Craft and Design Fair in Dublin's RDS from December 5-10.

A multiple award-winning Laois architect and sculptor will display his exciting furniture pieces in the national spotlight at Gifted Contemporary Craft and Design Fair in Dublin’s RDS from December 5-10.

Gifted celebrates the best of over 600 Irish designers and makers from fashion to jewellery and beyond. 

Record-breaking crowds of over 45,000 are expected to generate more than €1m per day in sales at this year’s largest-ever six-day fair.

Alan Meredith’s work straddles the boundaries of contemporary craft, sculpture and architecture and completed projects include unique furniture, public design spaces and a collection of sculptural wood-turned vessels.

The Mountmellick artist has just returned from exhibiting in Switzerland where he was awarded the Tresor-Discovery Award in Basel.

“My designs usually come from the piece itself. I try to reveal the properties of the wood which can be shaped when it’s wet,” he said.

There are a number of local makers taking part at the event, including Edyta Art from Stradbally, Peg Hackett from Borris-in-Ossory, Honor Hales from Portlaoise, Abbeyleix makers Machado Men’s Grooming and G’s Gourmet Jam.

Gifted is a celebration of the best Irish designers and makers – people who are truly gifted.

Formerly known as the National Crafts and Design Fair, Gifted includes top cutting-edge designers and makers in Irish fashion, ceramics and glass, jewellery, art and photography, children’s gifts and presents inspired by nature. 

The event also includes a Spectacular Christmas Food Emporium featuring over 120 artisan food producers, taste-tempting visitors with the best of the season’s fare.

The growth in Ireland’s vibrant design sector means that Gifted has been expanded by an extra day to become a six-day unique Christmas shopping experience.

“Giving a Gifted gift to your loved ones this Christmas means that they will be receiving a special item straight from the maker,” said organiser Patrick O’Sullivan.

“We have the top cutting-edge designers and makers in Irish fashion, ceramics and glass, jewellery, art and photography, children’s gifts and presents inspired by nature.”

Gifted offers Ireland’s largest Christmas gift shopping experience with prices starting from as little as €5.

In addition, there will be 10% off everything at the Fair on the opening day , Tuesday, December 5.

Gifted Contemporary Craft and Design Fair takes place at the RDS Main Hall from December 5-10 from 10am each day.  Full details and booking can be found at www.giftedfair.ie