Support your local artists this Christmas!
Our Christmas Craft Shop features unique, handcrafted items made by local artists and crafters. You can visit the shop when the museum reopens to the public on Tuesday 15 December.
Below you will find details of all the featured artists and crafters so you can also purchase from them online.
Lucy Turner Print
Print-maker Lucy Turner works from her studio in Bangor printing on Irish Linen. Her images are inspired by our landscape, flora fauna and fleeting observations. Having exhibited nationally and internationally over the last 15 years she has developed her practise to print on non-conventional materials like metal, which has given her major commissions especially in health care settings.
Lucy’s hand-printed original pieces are affordable artworks for your home and also make beautiful gifts.
You can view her online shop here:
Adele Pound is a wildlife artist illustrator and designer and a keen bird watcher. She creates images, crafts and stories about the wildlife she sees around her. Most of her ideas come from watching animals and drawing from life. Her work is part of many private collections and she has been a recipient of several awards and bursaries.
She is always looking for new and fun ways to tell wildlife stories.
You can view Adele’s work on her website:
Marie-Thérèse Davis lives and works in Bangor and is a member of @BoomStudios. She has been producing fine art paintings and craft work for over 30 years and has exhibited widely throughout the British Isles, Europe and the USA.
Most of Marie-Thérèse’s products are made by hand and her cards are printed locally and in the UK. Her latest venture is wearable art: swimsuits, masks, t-shirts, dresses, which are custom-printed and sewn to order. Marie-Therese is a keen sea swimmer, swimming all year round in the chilly Irish Sea so she loves to experiment with swimwear designs. Items can also be personalised.
You can view and purchase Marie-Thérèse’s products in her Etsy Shop:
CF Crafty Glass
CF Crafty Glass are based in Bangor and produce lanterns with images or verses of your choice.
They can personalise any style or pattern including photos and poems to remember loved ones. Themed lanterns such as Christmas, Lest we Forget, Pets, Memorials and many more are also available.
CF Crafty Glass can be contacted via their Facebook page:
Mandy Kernohan is an artisan producer from Holywood. Mandy has been selling her handmade products through retail outlets and at craft fairs and events in Northern Ireland for over 20 years, under the name ‘Akushla.’
She makes chutney, marmalade, jelly and jams for sale as individual jars or in gift sets and hampers.
Mandy also produces handmade cards. Each card is individual and unique and are made with fabric, felted wool, ribbon, rich embroidery thread, watercolour paint, fine papers and raised pen detail. Cards can be personalised with a message of your choice.
You can view and purchase Mandy’s products on her website:
The Honey Pot
The Honey Pot work with MDF to make personalised road signs and glitter signs. Based in Bangor, The Honey Pot can be found most Saturdays around the borough at craft fairs and Market Fresh down at Project 24.
Their signs make lovely gifts and they have also produced a beautiful range of Christmas decorations.
Visit their Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HoneyPotRoadsigns
Jan Campbell Fine Jewellery
Jan Campbell is a contemporary jeweller from Newtownards. Her work can best be described as a “twist on tradition”, and is inspired by local flora, fauna and iconography.
Each piece tells a story and has been designed in-house and made using traditional techniques from precious metals and occasionally accented with semi-precious stones.
You can view and purchase her products from her website:
The Blackberry Path
Amy Louise Wyatt is an artist from Bangor, Co Down. She works in the mediums of drawing, painting, printmaking and ceramics and has exhibited widely throughout Northern Ireland, with work in private collections. In her artwork, Amy investigates the relationships with the those around her. She also creates work that explores our connections with the past and what remains in our collective memory.
Alice Wyatt is a Bangor born painter and printmaker. The beautiful textures and patterns of our many layered landscape and timeless evocative seascapes, are the inspiration behind Alice’s collection of prints. Land, sea, myth and the moon are woven together, in a richly coloured tapestry of nature, to tell a story of our mystical Irish landscape.
Paul Daniel Rafferty is a photographer and poet from Bangor. He has displayed his work in venues and exhibitions throughout Northern Ireland. Paul’s work explores the local landscape and local wildlife.
You can contact Amy, Alice and Paul via The Blackberry Path Facebook page:
Irene McBride has been designing and creating unique glass pieces in her studio, Discovery Glass in Comber for 30 years and is still inspired every day by the intrinsic beauty of glass.
Irene's practice involves, kiln-forming, “Tiffany”, hand engraving and stained glass. Due to all of her work being handmade and the variations within glass itself, no two pieces are exactly the same, allowing a customer to own a truly individual item.
You can view Irene's pieces and visit her online shop here:
Alison Hanvey is a potter of some 28 years experience, living and working in Newtownards.
A graduate of Sunderland University and fully trained production thrower, she has been making her own designs now for 9 years, inspired by the beautiful coastal scenery and by her love of gardening.
Using stoneware clay she makes a range of functional ware as well as decorative pieces for outdoors.
Alison can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
One Good Turn
Tom Irvine lives in Donaghadee and has been wood turning for over 15 years, each piece is hand turned and unique.
His products range from wooden pens, bowls, magnifying glass, pens and carved fruit. The items are individually hand-crafted and make beautiful unique gifts.
For enquiries, please email: Thomas.email@example.com
Keep 'er Lit
Keep 'er Lit is a Bangor based company run by Lyndsey Sloan who sells electric wax burners and soy melts. The soy melts are all hand-poured and come in a wide array of scents.
Lyndsey also regularly trades at markets around the borough, including Bangor Market and Market Fresh.
Check out Keep 'er Lit’s Facebook page for more information or to purchase their products:
Bangor-based Stars Treasures create stunning Emma Bridgewater inspired decoupage household items specialising primarily in bunting sets and Christmas patterns.
Their designs range from handmade bunting, spoon sets, light switch covers and hanging decorations.
For more information, check out Stars Treasure’s Facebook page:
Rosy Ennis is a visual artist who specialises in printmaking. She takes her inspiration from the natural world, the animal kingdom and local landscapes.
As an established member of Seacourt Print Workshop, she continues to develop her craft. This year she has created a new collection of affordable prints just in time for Christmas!
Rosy's Etsy Shop is at: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/RosyennisartShop
Working on the Ards Peninsula, Patricia Millar’s unique pottery captures the ancestry and nature of the landscape. Collecting local clay, gravels and organics such as seaweed and rushes, these wheel-thrown or hand-built pieces are not just about the land but actually made from it.
Using the ancient art of pit or wood firing, flame, ash and minerals from local fuels add the land’s unique colour signature.
Information on workshops, commissions and online shop can be found at:
Candles by Lorenna
Bangor-based, Lorenna O’Brien makes hand-poured Eco soy candles. All of Lorenna’s packaging is made with recycled materials and some of the candles are inspired by popular perfumes and after shaves as well as creating popular scents that people love. Lorenna has also created a collection of Christmas candles for the upcoming festive season.
To view or purchase any of Lorenna’s products, please visit her website:
Getting to North Down Museum - Christmas Craft Shop
North Down Museum
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