Think local craft this Christmas, Crafts Council urges

The Crafts Council of Ireland is urging Christmas shoppers to give the gift of locally made craft this year, and to help sustain jobs here in the process.

The Crafts Council of Ireland is urging Christmas shoppers to give the gift of locally made craft this year, and to help sustain jobs here in the process.

If every Irish household spent an average of €10 on Irish craft, it would generate €14 million for craft businesses all over the country, according to Crafts Council figures.

“By switching even a portion of their Christmas spend from imported gifts to authentic, Irish designed and made craft, consumers can help sustain and grow the 5,700 jobs in this important creative sector,” according to the Crafts Council.

Kilkenny retailers participating in the ‘Give Irish Craft’ campaign include Inga Reed Jewellery in Johnswell; Michelle O’Connell on High Street, in addition to the Crafts Council of Ireland and Kilkenny Design, both of which are in the Castle Yard.

“When you buy Irish craft, you are buying something of quality that is unique,” said Brian McGee, the Crafts Council’s head of market development, at the launch of the ‘Give Irish Craft’ campaign at the CCoI headquarters in Kilkenny. “We are asking shoppers to be extra conscious this year of supporting Irish makers and no matter how small, to make at least one Irish craft purchase. A small effort by everyone will go a long way to helping the sector.”

The Crafts Council’s website www.giveirishcraft.com showcases a range of gift ideas designed and made by established names such as Nicholas Mosse, Jerpoint Glass and Alan Ardiff as well as newer craft businesses such as Button and Co., The Handmade Soap Company and Klickity.