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This year is going to be the most unusual of Christmases. Thinking about presents seems a bit strange and shopping isn’t as easy as it used to be. Last year I brought you my gift guide for hikers and adventurers and my blogging equipment list but this year my Christmas shopping is going to be a little different. This year I’ve become almost obsessed with buying from Irish artists.
I’ve decided to order a lot of my gifts this year from Irish artists for many reasons. Firstly, it supports local makers, secondly, it’s easy to order online and finally, there are just so many beautiful prints to choose from. In this blog post I’m going to show you some of my favourite Irish artists and tell you a little bit about why I love them.
Irish Artists to Support This Christmas
Ok so I’m not just obsessed with Tara and her art because we share a name, I swear. Tara’s style is unique and delicate and full of beautiful, fuller-figured women. She currently has a zodiac series on the go that I’m particularly obsessed with. I bought myself the Sagittarius A3 print and the Sun and Moon A3 print. They cost €25.00 each. Check out her online shop here. Make sure to follow her on Instagram too.
Lisa is the digital designer and illustrator at Chupi as well as having her own business selling her illustrations. I adore Lisa’s designs and can barely hold myself back from ordering one of everything in her online shop.
As well as prints Lisa sells stickers, magnets, notebooks, cards and more. I love her Monster series, I bought myself the Succubus, Unicorn, Oni and Frankenstein’s Bride. My favourite thing about ordering from Lisa is how quickly the packages arrive and how gorgeous and thoughtful the packaging is. Her products are incredibly reasonably priced as well with prints from €8. Make sure to follow Lisa on Instagram here.
Conor’s art has a very whimsical vibe to it, in my opinion anyway. I bought myself one of his Dani from Hocus Pocus prints at Halloween and I love it. You can find his prints for sale on his website here, or you can also find some of his movie-themed work available in the Lighthouse cinema online shop. Make sure to follow him on Instagram for info on his latest works and projects.
If you’re into street art at all, you’ll probably already know who Dan Leo is. He creates stunning, vibrant murals of animals on walls across Ireland and the world. You can buy prints on his website as well as sticker packs (everyone loves a sticker, right?!). I already bought the Vampire Crab print for my sister for Christmas (don’t worry, it’s not a spoiler, I let her choose). I highly recommend following his Instagram so you can see all his latest creations.
Jando Design is a site founded by Julie and Owen Mc Loughlin. They sell beautiful, striking prints of Dublin, Ireland and more. I gifted one of their Dun Laoghaire prints to my friend Gail recently and she was absolutely delighted with it. Their prints are great reminders of home, especially for loved ones living abroad. You can follow them on Instagram too.
Jam Art Factory
Jam Art Factory is an independent gallery and design shop dedicated to showcasing Irish talent. If you need a bit of inspiration or want to discover a new artist, it’s worth checking out their site. The best part about their website is that you can order from multiple artists in one place. This can potentially save you a bit of money on shipping. Also they sometimes have different sized prints available that might not be listed on the artist’s own site. The Jam Art Factory site was where I first discovered Tara O’Brien’s creations.
Of course, there are so many other talented Irish artists out there that I just don’t know about. So if you think there’s someone else that I should include on this list feel free to let me know in the comments or via social media or wherever! I’m always on the look out for new artists to spend all my money on.