As a part of Scéal: A story of Irish Design, Kilkenny welcomes recent jewellery design graduates from the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) Jewellery and Goldsmithing Course in Co Kilkenny to find Ireland’s best emerging jewellery designer in it’s ‘From Bench to Business’ programme.
Student jewellers David McCauley, Eve Doyle, Jodie White and Mark Newman were selected to receive mentoring in range development, pricing, visual merchandising and marketing to develop a commercial collection in 4 months.
At the end of the month, one graduate will be the winner of a €1,000 bursary. Voting is open to the public, in store or online via www.kilkennyshop.com/sceal-2019/
Pictured is Via by Dublin native Mark Newman. The four uniquely inspired collections are on sale now in Kilkenny’s flagship store on Nassau Street until September 29. For more information on Scéal visit www.kilkennyshop.com
Any gadget lovers out there?
You’re going to love Scoof — an original invention by British Designer Joe Partridge. It lets you scoop out those annoying leftover coffee grinds from a cafetière in one easy twist and instead of dumping down the sink, you can use the waste for composting, or making homemade body and face scrubs (just add coconut oil — it really works!)
I’ve been using my coffee grounds in my potted plants to keep away snails and as a slow-release fertiliser. The handy Scoof also stirs and improves the taste of the coffee.
Here comes the science bit, Scoof has a diameter of 8.4cm and is designed to fit 4, 6 and 8 cup cafetières, as well as French presses. It’s heat resistant (up to 100 degrees centigrade), dishwasher proof, food safe and can be recycled. Scoof is available from amazon.co.uk €11, justscoof.com
Fat Face, the surfer clothing brand has this gorgeous Oriental Bird Bed Linen Collection, from €49, available from Meadows & Byrne. I like the quirky pattern with the contrasting yellow on the pillow and duvet reverse, bringing the look together. See www.meadowsandbyrne.com
IKEA’s newest collection is embracing its Scandinavian roots and furnishing in a minimalist, functionalist way. Blending traditional and modern styles, and adding some bold colours in the mix, likethisLOMMARPcabinet with glass doors, €299, www.ikea.ie/
Paper clay bowls
Pop in to the Clonakilty Art Center to see the solo show by ceramicist Jim Turner. It’s running until October 2. Pictured are some of his paper clay bowls. Find out more at clonarts.com
Newbridge silverware: This elegant Newbridge silver plated sugar and creamer set is €60 from the showrooms at Newbridge Silverware, Co. Kildare, or online at newbridgesilverware.com
Aldi has some cute oven to table cast iron collection landing in their 139 stores nationwide tomorrow. This mini blue ceramic glaze dish is one of my favourites, it’s €3.99 for a two-pack and they’re also available in red and grey. www.aldi.ie
On the Bathroom Shelf, this week, is a new Chloé fragrance, L’eau. A variation of the Chloé rose—the iconic rose created in 2008 by perfumer Michel Almairac (robertet)— L’eau is next generation with magnolia, notes of jasmine and oak moss. It’s a fresh, floral scent, we love it. Available from Brown Thomas stores nationwide and Arnotts, 30ml is €56.