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11 Irish Illustrators You Should Support This Christmas Season

Freya Drohan | @irishtatler Nov 16, 2018

For a small island, there's an abundance of artistic talent in Ireland. 

From stocking fillers to greeting cards, here's a concise (but by no means exhaustive) list of your local Irish creatives.

Finger Doodles Dublin

Christmas cards can be good craic after all - at least if you look to Dublin-based artist Aoife Forrestal that is.

€3 - buy here

Peter Donnelly

For the canine lover in your life - Dog's Trust's annual Christmas cards were designed by award-winning Peter Donnelly. With 12 cards in every pack, featuring 3 designs, funds will go directly to support Dogs Trust work to rescue and support abandoned pooches all over Ireland.

€8 - buy here

Laura Callaghan

The supremely talented London-based illustrator and artist (who counts Nike, Adidas, and Samsung as clients) will be re-opening her shop later this month. Here's a peek at past work to give you a sense of what she's about.

Shannon Bergin

Limerick School of Art and Design grad Bergin creates beautifully detailed hand-drawn cards executed on linen paper. 

from €9.36 - buy here

Paula McGloin

An Irish-made, limited edition, seasonal-themed fragrance? Look no further than The Hand Made Soap Company's new cinnamon and pine scented candle and diffuser duo, which comes complete with bespoke lettering from Irish illustrator Paula McGloin.

From €15.95 - buy here

Fuchsia McAree

Buy a cup of coffee (nay, a 'notionous' gingerbread latte) in Insomnia this season and know that your purchase is both kind to the environment and benefiting popular artist Fuchsia McAree. The talented illustrator has collaborated with the coffee chain to create these unique, compostable cups.

Insomnia nationwide

Tara O'Brien

Seeing as it's the season of giving - I might just give myself this wonderful print by Tara O'Brien. Who needs a star on the tree when I can have this hanging up year round? 

€25 - buy here 

Mark Conlan

Melbourne-based Irish artist has already garnered a huge fan base on Instagram thanks to his sketches and doodles. His quirky tote bags and phone cases will make for great 'Secret Santa' gifts.

€21 - buy here

Audrey Hamilton

Up-and-coming Irish artist Audrey Hamilton is the name to know for striking and unique pieces that truly transform a room.

Prices vary - buy here

Paperbear Cards

Husband-and-wife pair Katie and Aaron Dowling combine their talents to create mesmerising pop-up greeting cards. The duo are also committed to sustainability - having teamed up with the  non-profit organisation One Tree Planted to plant at least one tree every day.

€4.99 - buy here

Pat Byrne

Printed on antique, aged book pages, Pat Byrne's prints depict whimsical scenarios featuring hot-air balloons, hummingbirds, and elephants on tricycles. With an abundance of options to choose from - it's the perfect sentimental gift for someone near and dear.

From €20 - buy now

For more work by a whole host of incredible Irish talents check out Jam Art Prints in Temple Bar.

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