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Social Pics: The TextIsles Showcase At The RDS


by Niamh ODonoghue
27th Jan 2017
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Showcase – Ireland’s International Creative Expo returns to the RDS from Sunday, 22nd to Wednesday, 25th January 2017. The annual show has established itself as a must-see trade event, attracting buyers from Ireland and more than 20 other countries, including UK, USA, Mainland Europe and the Far East, all keen to see the latest designs from Ireland’s top brands and craft producers.

New for 2017 is TextISLE, an initiative focusing on the creative potential of Irish textiles in fashion and homeware. TextISLE is a collaborative project that brings together designers and producers to develop exciting new products which will be unveiled at Showcase 2017. An advisory panel of six experts has worked with Showcase in selecting the work: Deirdre McQuillan, fashion editor of The Irish Times; John Redmond, Creative Director at Brown Thomas; Karen Fleming, Director of the Research Institute for Art and Design at Ulster University; Angela O?Kelly, Head of Design for Body and Environment at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin; Alanna Gallagher, interiors journalist; and Catherine Condell, one of Ireland’s most acclaimed fashion stylists.

Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, commented: ?The considerable growth in both attendees and sales at last year’s show demonstrates that Showcase is drawing increasing interest from trade buyers all over the world.? It is also a testament to the unique offerings of the Irish design and craft sector and to Showcase itself which we are are continually developing as a professional, world-class tradeshow focused on Irish creativity. Showcase provides a unique opportunity to connect hundreds of Irish designers and makers with potential domestic and international buyers over an intensive four-day period and, having brought a preview of the trade show to Brussels, London and New York in late 2016, we anticipate even stronger interest in this year’s event.?

For more information visit showcaseireland.com

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