This is for craft or creative businesses that have been operating part-time – either as an informal side hustle, or as an established, but part-time business. How do you gauge when you are ready to move to full time? What factors do you need to consider? What are the risks? How can you tell when the time is right?
Some Of Our Makers
Spending many a long hot summer as a child on my grandparent’s farm, it was inevitable that I developed a passion for the environment, the land and a respectful appreciation for nature. Already an accredited Goat Milk Soap-Maker for a number of years, my love for botanic’s was stumbled upon after searching for alternative remedies for my sons eczema a common skin complaint. I furthered my studies which has opened up a whole new world in Natural Skincare and equipped me the tools and skills to create amazing natural Candle and Skincare formulations using eco, environmentally friendly and cruelty free, natural ingredients that care for you and your skin.
Lunch & Learn Micro Workshops
New Online Learning Programme for Micro, Small, and Medium-Sized Creative Businesses in Offaly & Westmeath We are deligthed to announce the launch of our new Online Learning Programme tailored specifically for micro, small, and medium-sized businesses in the fields of craft, design, and creative industries. Introducing “Lunch and Learn,” a series of short online workshops designed to fit into busy schedules. Each session lasts 50 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for Q&A.
Offaly, Westmeath, and Finnish creatives recently took part in an exciting craft business and creative skills exchange. The Craftlink programme funded through the Rural Development Programme, and launched in 2019, provides craft makers in both countries with opportunities to develop new techniques and skills. Much of the programme had to move to online training and mentoring. Masterclasses were also provided for creatives in both countries. The creative businesses were supported by experts such as Eddie Shanahan in new product development as well as digital marketing, promotion, and the development of a digital catalogue for wholesale & retail. The Craftlink programme includes critical advice to creatives on engaging and converting audiences, capitalising on the value of heritage techniques and inspiration in product development. Traditional Straw Weaving with Padraig Larkin Following the resumption of travel, 10 creative enterprises from Finland visited the midlands in April 2022. The focus was on business development, networking, and skill sharing. In conjunction with DCCI, LEO Offaly & Westmeath, Ballinahown community hosted a two-day event. Fuse product development clinics designed specifically for creatives were delivered on day one while business networking, and craft skills exchanges took place on the second day. The FUSE Product Development Clinics are […]
Craft & Design Skills Exchange Programme 2022
Craftlink, an innovative collaborative project that supports the creative sector in Westmeath, Offaly, and Finland. Creatives receive business support and solutions for all stages of their businesses development. Isolation, coping with environmental challenges, and adapting to developments are at the forefront of all creative enterprises, and Craftlink aims to bridge the gap by offering practical training and mentoring. For Irish creatives, the learning opportunity here cannot be overstated, the challenges are similar, and the opportunity to explore new export markets is exciting. Despite recent restrictions on physical meetings and networking opportunities, the businesses continue to engage and learn from each other in Finland and Ireland through a series of online masterclasses and training sessions – all strategically focused and designed to address the immediate needs of the business in a fast-changing and challenging environment. Esker Design Westmeath Community Development and Offaly Local Development have a long-standing relationship with Keskispe and Rieska Leader companies in Finland and work closely together to design and deliver programs that provide continuing support and leave a legacy. “Over the years our relationship with our LEADER partners in Finland has continued to yield many benefits for the participating communities and craft enterprises in both countries. Through […]
The Art & Craft of Giving
The eye of the artists and the skills of individual craft makers, from Offaly & Westmeath, are immediately obvious in wonderful gift collections for 2021 and beyond. Inspiration runs free as heritage skills are given a contemporary twist in an intriguing choice that includes Artwork brimming with creativity, colour and imagination to add a cultured touch to any homeJewellery exquisitely designed to mark moments of love, friendship or family occasionsSkincare scented with the lush fragrances of Irish gardensScarves and millinery that revive a discreet sense of luxury and glamourSoap, lotions and potions that soak away the cares of the worldFrames full of celebratory fun and a sprinkling of magicFurniture & trinket boxes sustainably fashioned in the beautiful natural woods of IrelandAnd personalised gifts that will touch the heart
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.