Retro railway-style posters made in Kilkenny are travelling well.
The amazing work of Kilkenny based Roger O’Reilly of Irelandposters.ie will be showcased at the Gifted Contemporary Craft and Design Fair in Dublin’s RDS from today (Tuesday) until Sunday.
Roger who is based on John's Quay, in the centre of the city , specialises in travel posters in the style of railway advertisements from the 1930s.
Roger, is no stranger to success and his work is sought after by discerning collectors.
He has worked on storyboards for clients such as Coca-Cola and Diageo as well as the TV series ‘Vikings.’
He has also created posters of many of the 90 lighthouses around the Irish coast.
“I was inspired by the old 1930s colour railway posters in the 1930s in the UK. They bypassed Ireland at the time, where posters were mainly in black and white,” said Roger.
“It started off as a project for myself when I drew posters of my home town Drogheda and my adopted city Kilkenny as gifts for friends.
“Well-designed wall art is a great addition to any home, but travel posters bring an extra dimension in that they represent a personal connection,” he said.
“They may illustrate somewhere you have been or they simply serve to say this is where I come from,” he added.
There are a total of sixteen local makers taking part at Gifted, including jeweller Yvonne Ross; internationally recognised, Cartoon Saloon, Taste Kilkenny and leather maker Ken Foley
Gifted is a celebration of the best Irish designers and makers – people who are truly gifted.
Formerly known as the National Crafts and Design Fair, Gifted includes top cutting-edge designers and makers in Irish fashion, ceramics and glass, jewellery, art and photography, children’s gifts and presents inspired by nature.
The event also includes a Spectacular Christmas Food Emporium featuring over 120 artisan food producers, taste-tempting visitors with the best of the season’s fare.
The growth in Ireland’s vibrant design sector means that Gifted has been expanded by an extra day to become a six-day unique Christmas shopping experience.
“Giving a Gifted gift to your loved ones this Christmas means that they will be receiving a special item straight from the maker,” said organiser Patrick O’Sullivan.
“We have the top cutting edge designers and makers in Irish fashion, ceramics and glass, jewellery, art and photography, children’s gifts and presents inspired by nature.”
Gifted offers Ireland’s largest Christmas gift shopping experience with prices starting from as little as €5. Gifted continues at the RDS Main Hall from 10am each day.