Since November 2013, the Northern Ireland Assembly in partnership with Craft NI has spearheaded the Designer-Makers’ Initiative, an innovative scheme to showcase and promote the work of local designers and crafters.
A selection process to find new crafters and designers runs twice a year and those selected are provided with an opportunity to display and sell their products in the Northern Ireland Assembly Gift Shop at Parliament Buildings.
The new selection process has already started and you can find more information including how to apply here.
If you are interested in applying to the Designer-Makers’ Initiative, then why not get inspired by viewing the current designs and crafts on display and for sale in the Northern Ireland Assembly Gift Shop below.
Alison Ormsby (cards) Alison crafts high quality, exclusive handmade greeting cards and
wedding stationery. Her current range of
cards are created through silk painting and she uses hand painted, embellished
and frayed pieces of pure silk In her work.
Adrian McQuillian (pens)
Adrian uses reclaimed materials and transforms them by hand to create
his unique collections. Adrian is currently showcasing his ‘Stag Collection’
pens which he creates from Red Deer antlers.
Nuala Lynch (jewellery) Nuala incorporates clever
design and elegant style in her distinctive range of contemporary jewellery using sterling silver and 18ct gold.
Janice launched her business Pageant Jewellery in 1990. Her
distinctive range of embroidered jewellery is hand-crafted at her studio in
Lisburn. With an emphasis on colour she creates intricate surface textures,
while combining her passion for embroidery with her love of embellishment.