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To celebrate St Patrick's Day we're shining a light on some of our fantastic Irish suppliers and giving you a chance to win some great prizes.
Clover Rua are a Dublin-based design duo who adorn mugs, tea towels, cards and prints with iconic Irish landmarks. These gorgeous screen-printed tea towels, for example, make a beautiful wall hanging or gift for someone who is missing home. They're a firm favourite in the Gallery shop.
read more: http://www.cloverrua.com/
JANDO was founded in 2015 by wife and husband team, Julie and Owen. The multi-award winning printmakers create unique images that combine their love of architecture and distinctive cinematic perspective. The prints are colourful, modern and fun. We love them.
read more: https://www.jandodesign.com/about
Name. That. Painting.
Would you like to win a JANDO Dublin Town print and a Clover Rua Dublin Doors tea towel?
Thought so. Well all you have to do is answer one question. Today the iconic Poolbeg Chimneys* visited the gallery and they were particularly taken with one painting.
From the picture below can you tell us which painting that was?
*Full disclosure: not the real Poolbeg Chimneys; rather a Snow Laser Studios model of the chimneys that we happen to sell in the shop. Everything on the internet is an advertisement these days. Trust no one.
read more: http://www.snowlaserstudio.com
Write your answer below the Facebook post and if correct, you'll be in with a chance of winning your favourite of the three Jando designs above, as well as a Clover Rua tea towel of your choice.
The lucky winner will be announced in next week's blog post. Good luck!
Book of the week #7
This week's book of the week is the superbly theme-appropriate A History of Ireland in 100 objects, by Fintan O'Toole. Though it's graced our shelves for a while now, we can't think of better read to accompany you this St Patrick's weekend. (Photographed here with gold-leaf-effect cards made in Co. Sligo)
“This book takes 100 objects and explores their significance in shaping Ireland. Photographs are accompanied by a concise and insightful story that shows the social, political and artistic vitality of each object. Beginning with Mesolithic Ireland and ending in 2005, ornamental treasures such as the Book of Kells, the magnificent 8th century Ardagh Chalice and a chair by modernist furniture designer Eileen Gray are given equal importance as pieces such as the bloodstained shirt of Irish revolutionary James Connolly, a 1950s washing machine and the letters from the Anglo Irish Bank sign which were dismantled in 2011. The concept for this book came from a series in The Irish Times by columnist, writer and literary editor Fintan O’Toole, who also writes the robust introduction to the book.”
read more: http://100objects.ie
Each week you'll find a new book of the week beside the till, alongside the previous week's title, both of which will be on sale with 10% off for their fortnight in the spotlight.
Last week's title was Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Francesca Cavallo & Elena Favilli
See you next week!