Training Opportunity with DCCI

Building a Craft & Design Enterprise Programme 2021 Design Crafts Council Ireland and the national network  of Local Enterprise Offices are launching a programme  for creative Enterprises. Targeting for design and craft  businesses, who want to push their boundaries on  product development and branding.  Due to Covid 19 Restrictions, some of these training events will […]

“The Craftlink Product & Business Development Programme” with Eddie Shanahan.

This unique training and mentoring program is designed to assist creative business as you reconnect with retailers and develop deeper, more meaningful and lasting relationships direct to consumers. It will have two specific outcomes:  Development of an online digital catalogue for promotion of your craft businesses to retailers and direct to consumers. (to be launched […]

What is Craftlink – Introduction to the Project

Offaly Local Development Company and Westmeath Community Development have developed an enterprise craft training programme in partnership with Finnish Craft Producers.
This is an Innovative Programme which provides craft makers in both Countries with opportunities to develop new techniques and skills and look at the use of different materials to adapt their current offerings of products or to create new products. It also examines retail opportunities in Finland and Ireland.

Local Craft Products from Offaly and Westmeath Crafters on Display in Finland as part of the Craftlink initiative.

Offaly and Westmeath Crafters go Head-to-Head with Santa Claus as their products are displayed at the Tullipakkahuone Christmas Fair in Finland As the home of Santa Claus, Finland is no easy market to break into when it come to Christmas gifts but that’s exactly what a group of Irish crafters have done when their products […]

The Creative Design Process of Commercial Craft

These webinars introduced commercial design, manufacture and production of handicraft products in to a DIY-package with materials and instructions for self-made crafts from Finland. The lecturers are designer Mari Isopahkala, handicraft entrepreneur Jaana Öljymäki and Taito Keskip-Pohjanmaa and are delivered as part of a Craft co-operation project with Offaly Local Development Company and Westmeath Community Development Company in partnership with Finland Leader companies: Rieska-Leader […]

Winterfest Mullingar 2019

Offaly /Westmeath /Finnish Craft Pavilion showcased their crafts at WINTERFEST Mullingar 2019. This was the first in a series of training, development and exhibition opportunities for Westmeath and Offaly Craft makers.  This unique experience provided an opportunity for shared learning between craft producers. The event focused on traditional Irish and Finnish craft demonstrations and how […]