A Maker Worth Meeting – Louise De Vignoles

Meet the Maker – Louise De Vignoles

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Louise De Vignoles – Atelier

The wheels for De Vignoles Atelier were set in motion many moons ago, born out of a hobby for craft & a love of floral fragrances. Michael Vignoles was a young  man and worked very hard to support his wife & 5 children. Michael’s own original family came from an area in France near Provence and he remembered fondly many summer afternoons traipsing through fields of lavender on his grandparent’s land and the aromas that filled the air. This he claims set him sail on his passion for fragrance. Curious and capable Michael set about making a homemade wax candle. He melted his wax among other components in a slow old fashioned double boiler on the cooker in his wife’s kitchen, much to her amusement. The candles were poured with the use of a solid copper pitcher which the Vignoles family still have to this day and is still in use!! Michael used old oil lamp wick to get a flame for his candles & even though the scent was beautiful he only ever made five different candle fragrances lavender, rosa-geranium, geranium, patchouli and plain rose. He liked to stick to the floral base and he made a unique formula to ensure that each candle burned equally. Even though highly scented candles back in 1927 were somewhat a rarity, Michael loved creating his aromas & blends from a make shift shed in the back garden. He had rose bushes in abundance and made a really beautiful geranium and rose blend from cold pressing his own home grown flowers. Unfortunately for Michael his candles never took off. Money was tighter in those days & small mouths had to be fed. This however did not stop Michael experimenting & passing his experience down to his children. His son Michael Junior is a highly skilled and sought after instrument maker, making  bodhran & uillean pipes. Michael is also a very talented musician. Craft is simply in the blood.

Fast forward to 2014 and De Vignoles Atelier has come a long way from its humble beginnings. Louise who is the owner of De Vignoles Atelier, in keeping with tradition has penned a poem for each candle fragrance. The De Vignoles family grew up on a healthy diet of poetry & music, so it seemed fitting to keep this theme going through the candle line. Each poem is unique to each candle scent. Every candle is personal from start to finish. No mass production. All hand poured and finished. Old fashioned methods mixed with some new romantic poetry. Perfect.

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Pouring the wax

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Great care & attention

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Attention to detai

The Christmas Eve in Galway candle was undeniably one of the must have gifts this Christmas.

Fill your surroundings with the undeniable echos of aroma, all in exclusivity at La Maison Chic, 11 Lower Abbeygate street, Galway City 091530694

Christmas Eve in Galway

Christmas Eve in Galway

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A Maker Worth Meeting

Meet The Maker – Steve Attwell

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Steve Attwell

A Maker Worth Meeting

“Steve Attwell lives and works in Kilconly, County Galway.  He creates unique pieces of functional art using traditional blacksmithing techniques and various materials including iron, brass, copper and coloured glass.  Clients can choose from one of his existing designs or opt to have something individually designed to suit their own particular space.

 

 

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Las Orquideas – Andalucia

He has recently completed a large project for boutique hotel ‘Las Orquideas’ in Andalucia, where he designed and made individual beds for each room, two spectacular staircases and the bar furniture, some of which can be seen in these photos.

 

 

 

 

 

Floor Lamp

Another of his projects has recently been featured on Channel 4’s Home Truths and is available to view on 4oD.  You can find a link to this programme on his Facebook page (Steve Attwell Ironwork).”

Meet The Maker – Edyta Szymanska

Meet The Maker – Edyta Szymanska

Edyta Szymanska - sculptress

Meet The Maker – Edyta Szymanska

Working mainly with clay, sculptress Edyta Szymanska creates both small figurative pieces and large scale art.

Her work is concerned with the human figure, interpreted through colour, texture and form, using the figure as the vehicle through which to express beauty line and grace. Her medium is principally clay and, more recently, steel.

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Tall Diva by Edyta

Born in Poland, Edyta comes from an artistic background. Her father was a painter and writer, and his work informed her sensibilities throughout her childhood. Edyta started working seriously in ceramics in 2002, when she opened a studio on completion of her studies in physiotherapy.

During this time she became potter to a Viking group. Among the works she completed were reconstructions of Middle Ages ceramic sculptures and implements. She has since exhibited in Germany, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, France and Holland.

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Seated Girl by Edyta

Now living in Ireland, she has a residency in the Malthouse in Stradbally, where she is combining ceramic and steel to create works which reflect her inner world. Her background in physiotherapy gives those sculptures that are based on the human form an added dimension.

Ceramic Tall Diva

Tall Diva by Edyta

“I am a seeker, an explorer who desires ways in which to grow and learn and become wise in my art. My existence depends on my art – it is an integral part of my life”

The Studio,The Malthouse, Stradbally, Co. Laois, Ireland. http://www.edytaArt.ie Email: info@edytaart.ie Mobile: 085 166 98 36

Edyta’s pieces can be bought in Home Gallery

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