Devised by the Design and Craft Council of Ireland, Made Local is an annual initiative that seeks to encourage customers to buy, gift, and wear Irish craft.
An Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and trailblazing Jockey Rachael Blackmore joined with Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) Chair Andrew Bradley to launch the second annual campaign to foster greater support for the Irish craft industry.
The nationwide event will run throughout the summer and aims to once again spotlight some of Ireland’s most talented craftspeople, while boosting sales and driving revenue for makers and retailers alike.
Announcing the launch of the campaign, Leo Varadkar said: “I’m really pleased to launch this year’s Made Local campaign. During this summer’s campaign, designers and makers are looking forward to welcoming visitors back to their studios, galleries and craft markets. As we reopen and things are looking more hopeful, it is more important than ever to support Irish designers.
“Irish designers and makers are world renowned for their unique talent and skill. The craft and design sector contributes €500m to the Irish economy every year. I encourage everyone to discover what their local designer has to offer and support this #MadeLocal campaign.”
Jockey Rachael Blackmore added: “I am so proud to be part of the #MADELOCAL 2021 initiative. It’s incredible to see so many talented Irish makers who have spent decades honing their crafts, creating everything from timeless pieces and heirlooms to treasured gifts and home comforts.”
“The time for supporting local makers has never been more critical with so many struggling to persevere in their craft. DCCI has undoubtedly supported many through these challenging times and so this second annual campaign is full of perseverance and hope.”
“I have discovered some amazing Irish designers through the #MADELOCAL initiative and will continue to buy from Irish designers whenever I can.”
For more information on Irish craft and design and where to shop products that are Made Local, please visit: www.dcci.ie.