Simple Pleasures / Where Ideas Come From / Woolgathering

Where Ideas Come From 3: From Brigid to Baskets

Here in Ireland, we’ve just celebrated St. Brigid’s Day on Feb 1-2 – derived from the much older pagan celebration of Imbolc, midpoint between the Winter and Spring equinox – a celebration of the hearth and home, the beginning of longer days and the hope of Spring. She is the patron of poets, healers and … Continue reading

Simple Pleasures / Where Ideas Come From / Woolgathering

Where Ideas Come From 2: Hills and Valleys

Recently, I wrote about Where Ideas Come From and how we all can draw creative inspiration by gathering ideas from the things we see around us. When putting together my own designs, I wanted them to be intrinsically Irish – avoiding the shamrock and leprechaun clich├ęs and sentimentality. There is so much that is beautiful … Continue reading