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Ireland’s homegrown craft talent is receiving a timely boost thanks to support from the Crafts Council of Ireland whose Future Makers

Awards and Supports provide funding to students and recent graduates of craft based disciplines looking to pursue a career in the craft industry. We’ve profiled some of the up-and-coming accessory names for 2013.

The next generation is here — come meet them!

Names to note

* Belfast-based costume jeweler Lesley Frew (LAF Designs) creates contemporary, ethical pieces using discarded plastic bags, tags and other consumer related items.

* Scarf designer Susannagh Grogan uses techniques from handpainting in gouache, pencil or ink; to scanning and merging Photoshop technology and digital printing for a clean finish.

* Czech Republic native Filip Vanas takes inspiration from his architectural background in using simple shapes contrasted with vivid colours and unusual materials.

* Anna Faye’s eponymous line of handmade leather bags is made in limited numbers and through bespoke orders to ensure exclusivity and individuality.

* Belfast-based Rachel McKnight creates laser cuts, engraves and draws on polypropylene, Perspex and rubber to create new graphic shapes.

* Knitwear designer Heather Finn takes a hands-on approach from designing pattern cards; to cutting, sewing and knitting each piece from ethically sourced yarns.

* Button Studio designer and NCAD grad Jane Walsh is inspired by turning ordinary objects into exceptional accessories.

* By Yvonne is the brainchild of Dublin jeweller Yvonne Beale who handcrafts knit and crochet jewellery with materials like leather and freshwater pearls.


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