The re-developed MyCreativeEdge.eu website was launched on 1 March. MyCreativeEdge.eu is an online platform to showcase creative work from the Arts, Crafts, Design and Media & Technology sectors across Europe’s Northern Edge. MyCreativeEdge.eu also aims to inspire and connect creatives from five regions across Northern Europe. Originally launched in 2013, the site has been thoroughly re-designed and the new site went live last week.
MyCreativeEdge.eu is funded through the transnational ‘a creative momentum project’ led by the Western Development Commission and with partners in Ireland, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Northern Ireland.
Our Swedish partner Technichus Mid-Sweden held a ‘ribbon-cutting’ ceremony last week to mark the launch of the new site. The ribbon was cut by Petra Staav owner of The Northern Paper Studio, one of the creatives profiled on the site and by Kristina Jeppson, project officer and graphic designer. The launch was held at a local shop operated by the design collective Made in Medelpad.
Over 100 creatives from across the five regions have already published their free online profile to showcase their work. A few of the West of Ireland Profiles you can discover on MyCreativeEdge.u are:
• Maysonbrook, a Galway based company who design and make Friends & Family Trees. Maysonbrook was established by artist Bernadine Burke who was inspired by the beautiful mature trees in the lush fields around her family home in Masonbrook, Galway.
• Hewn Spoons, run by Éamonn O’Sullivan in Mayo who says he makes nice things from trees, things that are made to be used and loved. His wooden homewares are made from locally foraged hardwoods, using just three tools – an axe, a knife and a crook knife.
• The Pear in Paper is based in Donegal and was founded Lynn Costello Erskine in 2015. They create eco-friendly, quirky greeting cards and prints using both letterpress and lino print techniques. In early 2016, they found a 143 year old, unloved, rusty letterpress platen which, over 5 months, was restored to its former glory and is now being used every day, without the use of electricity or battery.
• Oak Alley Designs, a range of handmade jewellery incorporating natural gemstones by Leitrim based jewellery designer Jean Whitfield who draws inspiration from the wonderful countryside. All jewellery is handmade at their studio.
• Michelle Ryan artist from Co Clare employs glass engraving, casting and printmaking to explore concepts of how memory is constructed. Her work encompasses solid cast glass rolling pins which operate as printing devices and an allegory for how memory is mapped in the brain. The glass tiles are cast from cut linoleum prints.
• Mother Says Design is a bespoke clothing and accessories company where all products are handcrafted by Tish Carroll at her studio in Sligo. Tish’s aim is to create beautiful elegant clothing which is made to withstand the fast-paced fashion trends of today.
• Noel Molloy is a visual and performance artist based in Roscommon. Noel works nationally and internationally, exhibiting sculpture and performing. His sculpture medium is found objects and is semi figurative.
Anyone working in the Arts, Crafts, Design or Media & Technology sector in the Western Region of Ireland can register now to create a free online profile to showcase their work internationally, avail of support opportunities under ‘a creative momentum project’ and connect with creatives across Europe’s Northern Edge.
A digital advertising campaign to promote MyCreativeEdge.eu across the five partner countries and selected cities in Europe and the US will be launched shortly, so register now to benefit from the campaign.