Local Artists set ups pop-up shop

Sarah McKenna, ceramicist and Orla Barry, visual artist have combined their expertise and enthusiasm to bring a pop-up Irish designer art and craft shop named ‘Silver Linings’ to Dundalk for the Christmas period at 22, Clanbrassil Street.

Sarah and Orla, who are both based in Bridge Street Studios, already stock several shops around the country and abroad and decided that it would be an exciting venture to set up their own.

“Dundalk is a prime location for a pop-up being a border county and one of the largest towns in Ireland,” said Orla, whose art work was recenlty featured in the Irish Times Christmas Gift Guide.

“Rather than use an empty unit in a local shopping centre we would like to help revive the town centre by adding to the on-street shopping experience.”

‘Silver Linings’ will stock a diverse range of Irish Designer Art and Craft including ceramics, textiles, paintings, prints, illustrations, jewellery and tableware.

A large variety of the work for sale will be priced between €5 and €50 which is ideal for Christmas presents that are all handmade in Ireland.

“The ethos behind ‘Silver Linings’ is to demonstrate that people can buy quality Irish handmade products at affordable prices while supporting local artists, makers and designers,” explained Orla.

Many local artists and designers are participating and confirmed stockists include ceramicists Mary Cowan and Gillian Callan, jewellers Garrett Mallon, Fiona Thornton, Cecelia Casey, Jill Graham, Nuala Lynch, Emma Andrews and Rachel McKnight, textile artists Fiona Quigley, Mel Bradley, Rachel Tinniswood, Liz Christy, Breda McNelis and Rag Button by Heather Burgess.

Along with Patricia Murphy Art, illustrator Sophie Coyle, slated tableware by Tara Hammond, home and giftware by Green Gorgeous, Mooble and Toobles baby apparel, King’s Forge Glass and of course Orla Barry Art and Sarah McKenna Ceramics.

‘Silver Linings’ will officially open on Thursday, 12 December at 6pm.

All are welcome for mulled wine, mince pies and live music on the night. The shop will be open daily from 10-6pm with late openings until 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays until Christmas Eve.


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