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Making the bag – a look behind the scenes!

This is a post I’ve wanted to share for a while now but have never quite managed to take enough pictures as I worked- it’s the ‘How its made’ post!  I love getting a little peek behind the workshop curtains of other designers, makers and artists so I hope you will find it interesting to discover how I go about making a bag from idea to finished piece.   Continue reading Making the bag – a look behind the scenes!

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Organics and the road to sustainability

Finally GOTS certified organic cotton bags and scarves are coming!  I am so excited about this and I hope many of you will be too so this new branch can thrive and grow.  I’d like to share some of the process I’ve gone through coming to find just the right fabric.  Continue reading Organics and the road to sustainability

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Re-imagining Hokusai, bags inspired by Japanese print

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It’s been a bit of a slow start to the year for me especially as I had been so busy up until the very end it’s actually quite an anticlimax.  I kind of expected to hit the ground running in 2017 but instead found myself floundering in a sea of ideas and papers.  There are so many more things I want for Grey Whale this year, not just for myself but for helping to create something positive in the world and it’s time to get more intentional about this.  It doesn’t have to be a huge monumental thing but I truly believe every small step in the direction of good counts.  So some exciting things are in the pipeline but more on that in my next post because for now I want to show you a fun little project I just completed!   Continue reading Re-imagining Hokusai, bags inspired by Japanese print

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The life changing magic of keeping a sketchbook.

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Why keep a visual diary or sketchbook?  Whether or not you call yourself an artist, a maker or creative at all there are huge benefits to keeping one.  For anyone who already has a written journal or diary you know how nice it is to look back at where you were in mind and body at a certain time in the past.  A visual journal is just the same but without text.  There are no limits and bad drawings, messy pages and writing are entirely allowed.  Continue reading The life changing magic of keeping a sketchbook.

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Natural plant dye fun!

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I’ve been wanting to write this post for ages and am so happy to finally share my excitement for this earth loving creative project.  Earlier this summer I spent some time visiting family on the Cork end of the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’.  I had been saving this little plant dye project for this trip knowing it would be the perfect excuse for slow rambles across the fields sifting through plants with some quiet time spent picking and sorting. Continue reading Natural plant dye fun!