The 2017 Made in Sligo
Christmas Pop Up Shop was officially opened on Monday evening 27th November by Des Faul, President of Sligo Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Following on from the inaugural Christmas Pop Up Shop last year, when the people of Sligo demonstrated a huge appetite for buying local hand crafted Christmas gifts, the Pop Up has returned to Water Lane in Sligo Town. This reopening comes as Sligo aims to up its drive to maximise support for local goods and services in the busiest shopping period of the year.
"I was delighted to officially launch this years Made in Sligo
Christmas Pop Up Shop" said Des Faul, proprietor of Café Fleur on O'Connell Street, "and as President of Sligo Chamber of Commerce and Industry we are very pleased that Made in Sligo joined the Chamber earlier this year.
Sligo has so much to offer and with so many people working together to put Sligo firmly on the map as a must-do destination in Ireland we are definitely developing a great recipe for sustainable success throughout County Sligo. I wish all the Made in Sligo craft makers Yuletide prosperity over the coming weeks." Makers from the Pop Up Shop with Des Faul President of Sligo Chamber
Made in Sligo,
which started up in 2010, brings together all that is excellent in Sligo craft, creativity and design under one brand, and acts as a flagship for craft producers in Co. Sligo. It currently has 12 members who work from their studios throughout the county and who are part of the Made in Sligo Craft Trail.
“Everyone agrees that given the recent economic challenges, it is more important than ever to support local businesses, particularly smaller local enterprises” said Matt Jones, Chairperson of Made in Sligo. “Our jointly run store at Water Lane will make it easier for shoppers to buy local as we bring together a wide range of gift ideas, made by a variety of craft workers, under one roof.
"We were so enthused by the reactions we got from shoppers last year that we decided to do it again for Christmas 2017. Being able to give a gift that is unique and 100% made in Sligo is really something which struck a chord with shoppers. People absolutely loved being able to buy a special hand crafted item for someone while also playing their role in helping to sustain jobs in Co. Sligo”.
Rachel Murray, Leonora Neary, Grainne McLoughlin, Alison Hunter and Imelda Ryan-Jones
The six Made in Sligo
members who are selling their work in the Pop Up Shop this year are Rachel Quinn Ceramics, Breeogue Pottery, Ciarán McHugh Photography, Lynda Gault Ceramics, Tom Callery Ceramics and Matt Jones Woodturner Artist.
“The work on show at Water Lane is a wonderful selection of high quality craftsmanship” said Úna Parsons, Head of School Engineering & Design at IT Sligo, who attended the launch. “We are very lucky to have such highly skilled creative people living and working in Sligo and we must all do our best to support them in order that Sligo continues to grow and flourish as the creative hub of the North West.” Craft Trail
Together with boosting the profile of local craft businesses Made in Sligo
also includes a Craft Trail.
“The Craft Trail gives tourists and residents the opportunity to engage with artists in their craft studios” said Imelda Ryan-Jones, volunteer Development Manager with Made in Sligo “and this memorable authentic experience is one that customers genuinely appreciate.
"With the Pop Up Shop customers are guaranteed to meet a maker each time they visit. Plans are also in place to expand in 2018, to develop the group and to include makers who do not have a studio to open to the public. We will be doing a Call Out early in the new year.”
(l-r) Laura and Luke from Pit Putty Natural Deodrant with Nina from West Strand by Nina
Additionally in the 2017 Made in Sligo Christmas Pop Up you can purchase work by Alison Hunter Textile Artist, West Strand by Nina (felt maker), Lula's Handmade Soap and Pit Putty Natural Deodorant - all made in Sligo.
“The recession has hit Sligo hard and craft workers have been amongst the most impacted” said Matt. “It’s so important now, as we come out the other end, that we have a local thriving market of quality craft producers to showcase creativity within the region. We would like to thank all of our supporters from last year and hope to see as many people as possible in our doors on Water Lane over the coming weeks.”The shop is open 7 days a week from Monday 27th November until 24th December.
Made In Sligo
Open 10am -6pm