Design and Crafts Council of Ireland TextISLE

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KF Juror/Panelist consulting on 'TextISLE', a unique collaborative project between designers and textile producers to develop new products for Fashion and Homeware using Irish-made fabrics, will be unveiled at Showcase 2017. 
Outcome: Exhibition and fashion show at the RDS DCCoI showcase January 2017 (opening opening of TextISLE next Sunday the 22nd of January 2017)Showcase website for the TextISLE project. 
[Showcase, which was founded by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) 41 years ago, enjoyed strong growth in 2016, with the number of buyers attending up 7% to 5,300, and sales orders placed at the fair increasing by 17% to €21.7M, equating to a full-year sales value of €121.2M.]
An advisory panel of six experts worked with DCCoI and Showcase in selecting the work: in addition to myself (Prof Karen Fleming; Deirdre McQuillan, fashion editor of The Irish Times; John Redmond, Creative Director at Brown Thomas; Angela O’Kelly, Head of Design for Body and Environment at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin; Alanna Gallagher, interiors journalist; and Catherine Condell, one of Ireland’s most acclaimed fashion stylists.New for 2017 is TextISLE, an initiative focusing on the creative potential of Irish textiles in fashion and homeware. TextISLE is a collaborative project that brings together designers and producers to develop exciting new products which will be unveiled at Showcase 2017. 
Participating in TextISLE are factories such as: Avoca; Emblem Weavers; Cushendale; Mourne Textiles; Magee; and Wild Cocoon, and designers such as: Peter O’Brien; Mariad Whisker; Emma Manley; and Helen Steele, among others. The results of the creative collaborations will be introduced at a vibrant and innovative presentation during the show, designed to excite and inspire the visiting buyers.
Summer 2016 Call for designer-maker and Industry partnerships. August- September 2016 Assessing proposals and mentoring partnerships to develop new product. August 2016 Organised a tour of Northern Ireland fashion and textile shortlisted manufacturing.
· How many pieces should each collaboration/designer submit? · Managing budget constraints to be considered · how the pieces/products/garments are exhibited · Decision on collaborations work to a theme or design directive
Focusing on the creative potential of Irish textiles in fashion and homeware, TextISLE was a collaborative project bringing together designers and producers to develop exciting new products unveiled at Showcase 2017. 
Press release here:
Period31 Jul 201631 Jan 2017
Event typeExhibition
LocationDublin, IrelandShow on map


  • Textiles
  • Fashion
  • Homeware
  • Collaboration