Launch of Handmade Design Studio


Veronica Crosbie, Claire Delabre (owner of Handmade Design Studio) and Juliette Péchenart at the launch on March 9th

Although open since January Handmade Design Studio was officially launched on Saturday 9th March by actress and writer Mary Mc Evoy.  In a very relaxed and informal atmosphere in the shop on Saturday afternoon, Mary spoke about the values that the shop represented and commented that perhaps during recent years there has been a loss of soul in Irish society, that craft and return to handmade products represented a connection with the soul that has been missing.

Mary Mc Evoy having fun modeling a fascinator by Bernice Rafferty

She said she was very pleased to see a shop that celebrated such a return to our roots as a society. For my part as owner and creator of Handmade Design Studio, I talked about the combination of my love for craft and my background in interior design and how this shop was the realization of a lifetime’s ambition to bring those two elements together. I have been involved in art and craft networks over the years and in Mullingar since I moved here eight years ago. Through those networks I have gained an awareness of talented makers throughout the town and the county of Westmeath and indeed in the country as a whole. 

I feel that people often think that when something is handcrafted, it must be expensive and Handmade Design Studio aims to contradict this belief as beautiful, high quality crafts do not need to be expensive. 

Guests included friends and some of the makers whose work can be found in  the shop. Wine was supplied by Wines Direct, Mullingar while the ‘amuse-bouche’ by the Just Baked Bakery around the corner also went down very well!

A huge thank you to all the guests for travelling and special word of thanks to photographer John McCaulay.


Anna Browne, Mrs Brady, Tommy Doherty, Alma Grace


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