The Gift Shop at Seamus Heaney HomePlace contains a wide selection of high quality and hand selected items produced by local crafters and Seamus Heaney HomePlace branded merchandise.
Meet The Makers
Linen Lane was founded in 2017 with the aim of producing luxury handcrafted gifts using only undyed natural Irish Linen. Growing up and still based in the same farming community, once famous for its linen production, Jill was keen to promote this beautiful fabric.
With a background in textiles and a love of the countryside Linen Lane grew out of the chance discovery of one of the few remaining working linen mills left in Ireland. Inspired by the surrounding countryside Jill screen prints her original designs onto the linen which is then made into products ranging from bookmarks to lampshades.
Handcrafted Jewellery by Geraldine
Geraldine Bradley creates handcrafted contemporary sterling silver jewellery in the heart of The Sperrins. She employs techniques which contrast; a polish against a textured finish. Geraldine's inspiration is from the natural beauty of her surroundings which allows her to develop original ideas and create pieces that are individual yet recognisable.
Helen Shearer lives and works with her husband Rory Shearer in rural Co. Antrim. Rory is a potter and together they run R & H Shearer Ceramics.
The inspiration for Helen’s ceramic pieces comes from a love of organics shapes, colour, texture and pattern. She enjoys drawing and often sketches the plants and creatures found in the countryside surrounding her home. These are then interpreted in her pieces.
‘Porcelain is my media of choice, it is soft and malleable and I love that it can pick up all the tiny detail in my work. My framed porcelain illustrations are simply drawings in clay. The lines are incised and layers of oxide wash and under-glaze colour add life to the drawing. I use a ‘slow’ process to create my work. I get so much enjoyment from the making process and I like that each piece I make is entirely hand-made and individual.
Blueram is an artisan knitting business on the North Coast of Ireland and home to where Rosalind Shaw creates a range of luxurious hand-loomed accessories. Authentic sourcing of Irish fleece and the use of organic dyes create unique, naturally soft, timeless and environmentally friendly fashion statements which connect the wearer with the land.
Both wool and alpaca fleece have the advantage of being sustainable and renewable sources, with the alpaca also having a light environmental footprint. Blueram’s fleece is sourced from as far afield as the Glens of Antrim to Co. Kildare, where Rosalind meets with the farmers to sort and collect their newly sheared fleece.
Patricia Millar Ceramics
Patricia lives and works on the Ards Peninsula, a narrow finger of land that has the wildness of the Irish Sea to the east and the fast flowing seawaters of Strangford Lough to the west. Her work is very site specific, both for its environment and ancestry. Patricia uses locally gathered fuel to pit fire and makes her own ash glaze.
It's not just about capturing the forms and textures of a place but also its very essence by being made of it.
Jeweller, silversmith and artist, Claire is based near Annalong; at the foot of the Mourne Mountains. Rural life and the landscapes in this area have a strong influence on Claire which is visible in her work through the use of texture, form and materials.
A recent graduate from Ulster University's Ceramincs, Jewellery and Silversmithing course: Claire has exhibited work across the UK.
A textile designer, educator and founder of ‘Artybird’, Donna Lynch Artybird produces original hand-felted pictures and products that incorporate the traditional technique of wet felting and needle punching.
Born and bred in Heaney country where she still lives, Donna attended Anahorish Primary School, as did Seamus Heaney. The places described in his poetry are very familiar to Donna and her work is similarly inspired by the surrounding landscape and her childhood memories.
“Seamus Heaney’s poetry conjures up my own childhood memories of blackberry picking with my Great Aunt Sara and family gatherings at Granny’s farm on the Leitrim Road, not to mention the annual pilgrimage to Church Island”.