Jan 21

Showcase 2015

Fun times @showcaseireland #C51 pic.twitter.com/MVgzKmr7Vj

— Angela Cuthill (@artysmartyshop) January 19, 2015

Nov 13

Some more lovely things to do this Christmas…..

Well, this is the final installment for things to do this Christmas, well apart from the one where we get drunk on sherry at the Christmas party, but that’ll be private.  So here we go;

Gifted Pop-Up Shop in Ranelagh

When: 12th -20th December 2014 – open every day from 11-6pm.

Where: Ranelagh Art Centre, Dublin which is 26 Main Street Ranelagh, just a few doors down from Superquinn.  Link to their web site and directions here.

What’s On:  A super-duper range of exclusively Irish made gifts for one and all.  There will be some special Christmas gifts,  I know Jenny Walsh, Fergus at Grand Grand and meself have made some limited edition Christmas decorations.  Who else is going to be there?  Well, everyone who makes nice things, like Judith At a Box for My Treasure (who has some amazing new jewellery) and Geraldine from Saba! Also, if you’d like to come along and meet the makers there will be one on hand every day in the store, I’ll be there on Wednesday 17th if you’d like to stop by and say hello.


Dublin Flea Christmas Cracker

When: 12th // 13th //14th December 2014.  Friday trading is 12-7pm and the weekend is 11-6pm.

Where: Block T in Smithfield – there is a good map here if you don’t know it already.

What’s On: Everything is on!  This really is the Christmas market to end all Christmas markets.  The whole of Block T in Smithfield is packed with furniture, craft, food, wine, I saw some bikes last year, special products that makers produce just for Christmas and all other sorts!  As they say, it’s  a bizarre bazaare and Christmas really is their big one.


So that’s the round up – do come along and say hello, offer mulled wine, suggestions and feedback.  We love getting amongst our customers!  See you there x

Nov 07

Lovely Christmas things to do!

We’re delighted to be part of lots of great markets and pop-up shops this Christmas and we’re getting in early to let you know about them before your Christmas calendar fills up!

Christmas on the Square Market

When: 29th November 2014 // 10am until 6pm

Where: 45 Merrion Square  – on the east side of the square in the Irish Architectural Archive if you know where that is, map below;

What’s On: The Irish Design Shop have curated some of our Irish faves!  We are going to be there along with (and more);

Jennifer Slattery Textiles // A Box for my Treasure – chic jewellery // Ursula Celano – printed textiles // Grand Grand – screen printed hilarity // Fawn – beautiful prints // Per Dozen Design – cool ceramics

The Old Butcher Studios Pop Up Store

When: 10th – 20th December // Open daily 12pm – 7pm // Weekend opening hours 10am – 7pm

Where: 72-74 Benburb Street, Dublin 7 // Map

 What’s On: There’s going to be a launch night on the 10th of December from 5-7pm, which you’re very welcome to come (and stuff some pies in your pockets), with drinks and mince pies.  Saturday the 13th there is going to be a special flower arranging event with Informal Florist – their hanging wreaths are beautiful!  We’re going to have some of our best sellers available in the store, for sure our acorn series pieces and neon necklaces.  Jennifer Slattery and felt maker Jamie Lewis of The Wool Felt Shop are hosting and selecting a number of Irish maker for the store – it’s going to be a beautiful collection of homewares, textiles and Christmas gifts.

Just so we don’t freak you out with the impending Christmas bonanza so I’ll pop up some of the other special markets later on!


Oct 02

A Potted History of Press

What was is it that Oscar Wilde said, ‘the only thing in life worse than begin talked about, and that is not being talked about’?  Here is a bit of chatter about artysmarty!


Sep 03

Top Drawer for Lovely Shops

Are you one of our lovely shops?

We are hearing to Top Drawer in London next weekend and you’re invited!  Get a glimpse of the new collection for Spring/Summer 2015 which we will be launching at  Top Drawer, 14th to the 16th of September 2014 at the Olympia, London.

You can find us at stand ZA37 in the Fashion Zone. Take a look at the map below for our location. 

At Top Drawer, you’ll have the chance to view the collection and new merchandising, place orders and take advantage of our FREE DELIVERY for all orders placed during the show.

The shop runs during the following dates and times;

Sunday 14th 09.30-18.30

Monday 15th 09.30-18.00

Tuesday 16th 09.30-17.00

If you haven’t already registered your attendance for the show you can do it here.  Hope to see you there!

Aug 06

Shoals & Waves on the Wild Atlantic Way

One of our lovely shops Etain Hickey, in Clonakilty recently asked me to participate in an exhibition entitled Shoals & Waves on the Wild Atlantic Way.  

I had a bit of a think about the show title, and the recurring thoughts were scales, fish scales, and lots of them.  And hot pink, yes, neon is really the colour of the season!


The exhibition also features new Ceramics from Sinead Glynn who won the Etain Hickey Award for Surface Decoration at the 2013 Irish Contemporary Awards.  Roisin Ni Chionnfhaolaidh Glass, Paddy McCormack Metalwork, Thomas Wholen Ceramics, Anne Harrington-Rees Textiles, Muriel Hoey Automata, Marleen Drijkoningen Willow weaving & Jim Turner Ceramics are also participating.  I would highly recommend dropping in and checking it out if you’re in the area at;

Etain Hickey Collections 40 Ashe St Clonakilty 023 8821479


Opens 19th July 2014


Aug 04

Social & Personal August 2014

Jun 25

We’re having an open studio sale and you’re invited!


We’re having an open studio sale this Saturday and you’re invited!  Come and say hello and get yourself a discounted artysmarty piece

at the same time!  We’re located at 68 Dame Street, just a few doors down from the Olympia.  See you then x

artysmarty on google maps

May 30

Pegboard Awesome!

Yes, I realise that it seems a bit self indulgent to write a whole post about pegboard but it IS the material of the season.  Not being one to jump on the bandwagon or anything, but I have developed a bit of a love affair with it and applied to the wonderous displays of artysmarty.

Oh wonderous…..

So if I need to convince you of the qualities scroll down…..

It looks cool:

Yeah, yeah, I know we shouldn’t be swayed by the way things look but that’s the kind of vacuous person I am .  Check out the decal frames around this one.  I think actually it’s the scale in this arrangement which is the winner, 4 small ones looks a bit more polished than a big chunk of the stuff hung on the wall.

Nice scale

Easy to use:

You can literally stick anything into the holes which are perfectly in line with each other.  You won’t have to measure or use a set square to make sure things you’re hanging are straight or even.  If you don’t have OCD then this probably isn’t an issue for you anyway but if you’re driven to despair but wonky lines this is your only man.  Yeah, so you can use a clip, hook, string, you can even drill into it and add magnetic panels to stick your scissors to.  I personally like the custom made pegboard hooks, but that’s the kind of pro I am.

Easy peasey


Can be used anywhere.  Kitchen = perfect, craft area = awesome, man-cave = functional (we are a non=gender discriminator),  shed = good for large tool.  That’s probably about it but how many rooms do you have in your house?

Cool AND versatile


Here are lots of little bits of inspirational application of the humble pegboard – they’re probably too small the see very close up but check out Pinterest, it’s full of the stuff!

Hmmm arty

My own personal favourite!  Arty!

Some tiny inspiration…

Go forward and pegboard!

May 19

Offset 2014

We’re going back a month or two for this one but I was at Offset recently, held 21st-23rd of March and I wanted to do a quick ‘those who rocked’ note about some of the speakers.  Just as a bit of a background, Offset is a creative industry conference which has been running for about 4 years,  (I think it was first held in the Sugar Club on Leeson Street), and has exploded out to roughly two and a half thousand attendees in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre down in the docklands.  Oh, and one other key thing, it’s amazing.  This is the second year I’ve headed down for it and I have to say it totally lives up to the hype.  Three full days of creative industry speakers, some local, some international and a few breakaway stages for 1:1 interviews and other bits and pieces.

Offset 2014

These peeps were my own personal faves from this year (and all the delegates are great, I guess there are some that are more relevant than others) and I just wanted to have a record of them and recommend them to yourselves.  You can go to the Offset website and watch each of the speakers back which I would highly recommend if you’re too povo to attend in person.  This years aren’t up yet but you can get 2013s speakers, I’ll stick a recommendation for a few from last year to watch back.

Mike Perry: Gave a super interesting hour about getting his own personal vision of a multi purpose art space in Brooklyn but I guess he’s primarily an illustrator.  He talked about using KickStarter to fund his project initially, (which sounds like the equivalent of Fund It here) and fundraising generally, and how fun it was, how hard it was, how difficult it was to close the project.  His ethos: ‘Keep Wondering – Keep Wandering’.


Mike Perry Studio

Jessica Walsh: 

Really amazing speaker who is a partner at the design agency Sagmeister & Walsh who do brand identities for the Tate Museums and any other amazing clients you could think of.  I guess the main things that she touch on were fear, feeling fear or risk in your career and pushing on regardless.  She illustrated this by showing the announcements they sent round to clients announcing her partnership with Stefan Sagmeister where they were pictured naked in the office.  Yikes, that’s really trying to ignore feelings of discomfort.  She also talked about making stuff rather than relying on photoshop or technology to create ad campaigns.  I liked the take on actually doing stuff with your hands instead of relying on software to create.  Watch it back for yourself, it’s all in the telling!

Jessica Walsh

Okay last one;

Jon Burgerman:

Jon Burgerman was really funny and self-effacing, I thought he was great (although I do wonder about his name…stage name or real?).  I suppose he’s primarily an illustrator too, like Mike Perry.  You’ll have to watch this when it’s listed.  Basic ethos:  Define your own world!

Jon Burgerman…oversized hands?

His web site!

And as promised one from last year which you can watch now.  Ji Lee, he was great!

Ji Lee

Ji Lee