Meet our May Box Makers

Our May Mother’s Day Irish Subscription Box was a special one. We curated the box with women in mind and managed to include four gorgeous products which are all designed and made by Irish women in business. Meet our Irish artisan makers below.

Dublin Herbalists – County Tipperary, Ireland

Dublin Herbalists was founded in 2012 by Claire Brett, Dip. Herb., ND. Indulging a new hobby, Herbalist and Naturopath Claire began developing recipes for a simple moisturiser made from entirely natural ingredients in her home kitchen. Her homemade cream proved so popular with family and friends that she launched Dublin Herbalists in 2013. Initially selling online and with the products being stocked in the first shop in January 2014, Dublin Herbalists’ ethos and product range has since enjoyed a dedicated and ever-increasing fanbase in Ireland and abroad.

All of Dublin Herbalists products are made up of carefully chosen floral waters, natural butters, and active ingredients to intensely hydrate, deeply nourish and brighten up tired and weary skin. Everything put into the products is 100% natural, and never tested on animals. That means no parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate or other nasty hidden ingredients.

Holly Somerville Botanical Artist – County Wicklow, Ireland

Holly Somerville is an Irish artist and designer working in a restored millhouse in the Wicklow mountains. Trained at Oxford University and Edinburgh College of Art, she paints highly detailed watercolours using botanical subjects and other found items from her garden. Holly is delighted to bring to you her fresh, bright giftware designed using her beautiful paintings in a contemporary style. Holly has recently joined sculptor David McGlynn and jeweller Dylan Evans to open a shop and studio in the picturesque village of Enniskerry, County Wicklow. Here she is selling her new range of botanical art giftware – mugs, cushions, tea towels, makeup bags, greeting cards, and limited edition prints, along with a few original paintings.

Holly Somerville, Botanical Artist

Big Red Kitchen – County Meath, Ireland

Nicola Smyth started Big Red Kitchen as a hobby in 2010, after attending a local craft fair and seeing some homemade jams for sale. This reminded her of her childhood visiting her cousins in Navan, collecting blackberries and helping her aunt to make jam.

Nicola began by attending a few local craft fairs and stocking her local café in Naul, Co. Meath. Her ethos was simple – to make really tasty preserves the old-fashioned way, using high quality ingredients. However, she also didn’t want to just do what everyone else was doing, so she experimented with recipes to mix some innovation with tradition, and the result – so far – is the product range she has today.

Nocola Smyth with her dad, Big Red Kitchen

Conker Tree Studio – County Kilkenny, Ireland

Based in Callan, Co. Kilkenny, Justyna Mackowska specialises in the design and handcrafting of quirky greeting cards, framed wall art, Irish coin keepsakes and other gifts for people inspired by the beauty and wit of Ireland, its people and language. Carefully chosen warm and earth tones, recycled paper and natural twine detail give them a charming, rustic twist.

Working from her home studio in south Kilkenny (with enormous horse chestnut tree branches peeking through the windows) Justyna creates cards and gifts that appeal to men, women and children of all ages and nationalities. Each product is lovingly designed and created in Ireland – a product that becomes a treasured keepsake. Their uniqueness sets them apart from the usual run-of-the-mill, mass-printed products on the market.

If only money could talk… Authentic Irish pre-euro and pre-decimal coin keepsakes: Cufflinks, Keyrings and Earrings. A unique birth year gift but also great for other occasions or just as a souvenir from Ireland. A small but exciting piece of Irish history that will live on… Coins are circulated, gently cleaned and polished. Quirky story and beautiful gift box included. 

Meet our March Makers

We are delighted with the makers and surprise items we choose for our March Irish Subscription Box. Meet the makers here!.

Wild Goose – County Cork, Ireland

Fellow artists Brian Scott-McCarthy and Kathleen Smyth founded the Wild Goose Studio in 1970.  Together with other leading Irish artists, they created a unique range of artefacts that take their inspiration from our rich cultural heritage and the contemporary world.  Each piece starts with an inspiring thought, an image or an emotion and is given a physical form by our craftspeople.

It all starts with the marriage of an idea or meaning with an image. One of the artists will then carve that image into a sculpted piece which becomes the original from which we create a mould.  The production process itself starts with metal powders such as bronze or cast iron which form the outer surface of the finished piece and the inner is created from a cold cast pouring.  Once the piece is set, the piece is polished it to reveal the beauty hidden beneath.

Their inspiration comes from myriad different sources. Many of the pieces reflect their Celtic history with its stone carvings and evocative language, others are inspired by contemporary authors, philosophers, and the moments and milestones in life that shape their human experience.

Irish Socksciety – Co. Galway, Ireland

Irish Socksciety loves all that is quirky and humorous of contemporary Ireland. Alex and Joanna feel that feet have lots to say, and to help them talk, they design colourful and funny socks in Galway, on the west coast of Ireland, in the middle of the beautiful Wild Atlantic Way.

Alex and Joanna are best friends who dance, laugh and work together – in any order really, as it usually happens all at once. They are the kind of people who usually wear baggy, black or grey clothes but socks, socks are very special to them.  They choose them very carefully, sometimes odd socks, sometimes patterned or themed and always lots of colour. That’s why designing socks is what they are passionate about. Their socks brighten up any occasion from boring business meeting to a wonderful wedding, lunch with family or party with mates. 

Joanna and Alex – Irish Sock Sciety

Kilcoe Studios – Dublin, Ireland

Sonia Caldwell’s stonework is created mostly by hand using traditional chisels and mallets. She started her career doing sculpture and exhibited in galleries in Dublin.

She takes her inspiration for these stone pieces from many sources, both Irish and international, using mostly stylised images and adapting them to suit the clean lines that the stone offers.

Sonia has for a long time been doing detailed studies in watercolours to assist with her fine art work. In 2012 she started to turn these into calendars and greeting cards for all to enjoy. They explore the beauty and complexity of the natural world. Trees, flowers, herbs and the garden are explored, along with their place in Ireland’s culture and heritage.

Each year Sonia works on a new collection of paintings on a different theme. These are printed as a calendar and a selection of images are offered as prints and greeting card. The images are watercolour paintings that are painted from life in the studio.

Sonia – Kilcoe Studios

Boxes – Sealed with Irish Love

Welcome to the Sealed with Irish Love Box blog. I’m Máire and I will mainly be posting on here about our Irish Subscription Boxes, box unveilings and general musings about our venture. Sealed with Irish Love Box is a personally chosen box of Irish gifts which arrives monthly at your door to keep Ireland in your heart sealed with Irish love. We support Irish makers, producers and designers and independent businesses who are passionate about their craft.  It would be great to keep me posted on your thoughts.