Last week I shared my favourite fashion pieces from the Galway Designer’s Network Spring Summer Showcase (you can read about them here). Well, today I wanted to share some of the Accessories that were part of the Showcase!
For those not aware, the Galway Designers Network is a group which was created in March 2017, to help promote, connect with and bring awareness to independent Fashion Designers in Galway and the West of Ireland. And since they started they have promoted Galway Designers online, offline and have given emerging designers a platform to show their creations to a wider audience that they may not have otherwise had.
Frances McGonigle who is the designer behind Rothlú is based from her studio in the Ox Mountains, Mayo, Ireland. At the Galway Designer’s Network Showcase, she showed her jewellery pieces which were just stunning. She creates her own surface patterns on textured pressed textile that has been highly lacquered, and finally embellished with precious metal leaf. But she does not just create jewellery – she also creates scarves (her Shibori/Batik scarves are my favourite), and handmade notebooks. There are loads of pieces to explore on her website, and she is also on Instagram and Twitter!
Rita White Art
Rita has featured on Floralesque before, we interviewed her here and it was great to see her scarves in person on the catwalk. I love the patterns on her scarves and her artistic talent clearly shines through. Her pieces on the catwalk were some of the most standout in my opinion. I would highly recommend that you take a look at Rita’s website as her pieces really shine and you can also learn more about the designer as well. You can also follow along with her journey on Facebook, Twitter and my Favourite Instagram.
JG – Soutache Jewellery
Pat uses the Soutache technique with beading elements and beaded jewellery inspired by Slavic patterns. Using this technique makes her pieces very unusual and simply stunning in person. At the actual showcase, she showed 8 brand new styles never seen before which was pretty exciting. You can see more of her work on both her website and her Facebook.
Also, the Galway Designer Network have also opened their amazing studio where designers can rent a space to retail their creations to customers. You can read more about the network by taking a look at their website, and their Facebook page. A massive thank you to Gayle for the invitation, I really enjoyed the event, nothing makes me happier than seeing Irish Designed pieces been shared.