A Fingal company which has won awards for their fashion tweeds and a Malahide maker of marine inspired garden furniture will be showcasing their skills at Gifted - The Contemporary Craft and Design Fair.
With over 500 designers, makers and artisan food producers displaying original gifts, the traditional opening to the festive season in Dublin is set to attract over 45,000 people to the RDS over five days, from December 5-9.
Among the designers will be Balbriggan-based Celtic Tweeds, master tailors who combine a love of traditional craftsmanship with a keen eye for contemporary styling.
The designers won the best men's jacket award at this year's Crafts Council of Ireland Showcase International event at the RDS, and their skills have found favour with customers in the UK, Europe and the US.
"It's wonderful to get that recognition at an international trade show," said Cathy Coghlan of Celtic Tweeds.
"We want to give people a new interpretation on Irish culture and tradition, we make a little piece of Ireland that you can wear anywhere."
Meanwhile, the founder of Grant Designs in Broomfield has taken inspiration from over a decade spent seafaring to inform his contemporary statement sculptures and furniture pieces.
Malahide based Grant Mac Ewan spent over 10 years on the Irish sail training vessel the Asgard II, first as a trainee and finishing-up as the ship's Bosun. Back on land, his sculptural pieces are gaining recognition.
"I was delighted to be asked to take part in the Sculpture in Context exhibition at the Botanic Gardens this year where they showed my piece, Copper in Flame," said Grant.
Grant Designs creates beautiful marine inspired objects, both functional and sculptural, in polished steel and fine timbers.
At Gifted he will be showing his sail boat inspired pieces of garden art and highly sculptured one-off coffee tables in fine timber, along with his range of finely crafted wooden chopping boards and platters.
“Gifted is a celebration of Christmas giving and will feature the country’s largest collection of thoughtful gifts for your loved ones,” said organiser Patrick O’Sullivan.
“It is a unique opportunity to interact with the most creative people in Ireland and discover thousands of original products available only at Gifted.
“Our curated offering gives you the opportunity to secure once-off presents from a wide selection of contemporary Irish jewellery, fashion, accessories, ceramics, interiors, art, photography, and children’s gifts.
“Giving a Gifted gift to loved ones this Christmas means that they will receive a present that has been lovingly created and probably can’t be sourced anywhere else.”
Gifted also features The Spectacular Christmas Food Emporium with over 100 artisan food producers, where you can meet the experts who can help you plan and source every aspect of your festive meal right up to the bronzed turkey.
There will be 10% off everything at Gifted on the opening day, Wednesday, December 5. Gifted - The Contemporary Craft and Design Fair takes place at the RDS Main Hall from December 5-9 from 10am each day.
Full details and booking can be found at www.giftedfair.ie