Wish List: Po-faced pandas, pretty prints and shiny spoons

Esther N McCarthy picks po-faced pandas, pretty prints and shiny spoons this week.

Wish List: Po-faced pandas, pretty prints and shiny spoons

Esther N McCarthy picks po-faced pandas, pretty prints and shiny spoons this week.

Ciara O’Neill’s studio contemporary collection is just glorious. Galway girl, Ciara, has returned to Ireland after eight years in Australia, where she was first introduced to resin art. Her work in this collection includes small prints, resin table and larger scale 1500x1000mm pigmented resin on wood in solid oak frames.

Check out more from Ciara at www.ciaraoneillart.com

Figurative painter and impressionist artist Gerard Byrne has an exciting exhibition opening this weekend at the gallery space in the visitor centre of the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin.

‘Inside Outside & Beyond’ is free of charge and runs until July 15. See gerardbyrneartist.com/inside-outside-and-beyond-art- exhibition/ for more.

Martina Scott specialises in capturing and crafting contemporary home and giftware. Her beautiful linen prints featured at the retail area of the Irish Craft Village in Bloom this year. This print is called Blackbird Singing and depending on framing, pricing ranges from €44-€75.

See more at martinascott.ie

If you’re planning a home office, take note – Søstrene Grene will be releasing a new office collection on June 28. As we’ve come to expect from the Danish retail chain, the products look like they’ll have serious design chops at really good prices. We’re talking Bauhaus style goodies starting at under €10. They have a store on St Patrick Street, Cork, or l click on sostrenegrene.com/

I had a peek at the Manhattan porcelain collection at Meadows & Byrne — loving the art deco buzz and the geometric patterns. The gold cutlery is the star of the collection if you ask me. The forks, knives and spoons are €3.95 – but only available to buy in-store.

Is there anything quite as cute as a po-faced panda? This original watercolour is by Dublin-based artist Gill O’Shea and this is her very first painting of a panda bear. She tells me: “I wanted this portrait to evolve as I painted it, so I painted Po directly on the paper without any preliminary pencil drawing — I didn’t draw the outline first and then start painting, I just painted. This is my favourite way to work as it allows the painting to evolve and come to life as I apply the pigment. It’s also a really exciting way to work as you never quite know what the finished painting will look like!” The piece is 29in x 28.5in in size and framed in Gill’s signature limed white wooden frame, with an off-white double mount under glass, the price is €750. See www.dabbleinart.com/

Made.com can gobble up hours of time – beware. My favourite spot this week is this pendant in desert sage and copper by Hue, which gets its inspiration from glamorous hotel lobbies. We love the colour. The price ain’t bad either – €34.

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