Missing you, missing Gifted
The last few years we started our Christmas season with a trip to the RDS in Dublin to set up our stall at Gifted, the Contemporary Craft & Design Fair.
With about 40,000 visitors over 5 days, the fair is a major event for all local Irish crafters, who rely on the annual event as part of their income. The Mood Designs isn’t any different, of course; but more even than the sales, we miss the atmosphere in the RDS.
Meeting our customers face to face is something we always enjoy, and it’s great to get direct feedback on our ceramics. We love hearing stories of how our framed art was sent to an auntie who lives in the States, or our jewellery made somebody’s mum really happy last Mother’s Day.
It’s also always a great opportunity to make new connections with retailers like tourist and gift shops, and to catch up with our fellow designers and makers. There has never been a feeling of competition or rivalry at Gifted – it is an exchange, and there are so many gifted artists on this island to appreciate.
But while we are missing our week in Dublin this year, Gifted has brought the fair to your home. The website https://www.giftedfromireland.com/ lets you shop for Irish handmade Christmas gifts, presents, decorations and jewellery. The online shop will be open past Christmas, too, so that you have a genuine online market for Irish crafts at your disposal.
Hopefully next year we’ll be able to see you all in person again. Until then, we remember past trips to Gifted and do our best to get there again in 2021.
About The Mood Designs
Situated just outside Castlebar, Co Mayo, The Mood Designs is an independent family business. Owners Lukasz and Ella are inspired by the Wild Atlantic Way and the beautiful West of Ireland to create unique, handmade Irish gifts and jewellery. The couple design and craft their range of homeware and framed art in their traditional workshop nestled in the hills of Glenisland. To view their wide offer of ceramic products, which include personalized wedding gifts and inspirational art work for the home, visit their online gift shop https://www.themooddesigns.ie/etsy-shop.