Construction paper craft and craft supplies are on sale in Irish retail shops, with craft-specific craft-market stalls, craft fairs and craft festivals taking place across the country.
Art Crafts Irish Retail has a number of stalls in Dublin and Dublin City.
The Irish craft market is a growing sector in the country, with more than 40 stalls selling art and craft items from all corners of the globe, according to the Irish Craft Centre, which has worked with local businesses for years.
“There’s so much interest in the craft industry and the craft market and we are seeing a big increase in interest,” said the centre’s chief executive, Stephen Mullen.
“People are really into this and it’s growing all across Ireland.”
Irish craft market stalls and fairs are also being held across the UK.
The Dublin city centre, for example, has two craft stalls and two craft fair venues on every block, with the latter holding a pop-up shop, craft station and exhibition space.
The city centre has also recently launched a craft-friendly food court, with a rotating selection of craft-focused food stalls.
“Craft is a really important part of the local economy and that’s really why we’ve started to do the pop-ups, to bring people into the market,” said Mullen, who said that the centre is also looking to expand into other markets and special events.
Art and Craft Ireland has a growing presence in Ireland with an annual membership of over 100 people, and has recently expanded into an expanded store in Dublin City and Dublin Castle.
The centre has a huge range of crafts and crafts supplies available in Dublin, including craft station, craft table, craft box, craft stand, craft bag and more.
There is also a new craft market stall in Wicklow, with supplies on offer for craft-related activities, including a small-batch craft coffee maker, a craft table and a craft shop.
It is a good thing that people are coming into the craft economy, said Mullan, as he believes it will help to develop the local craft market.
“It is really a fantastic opportunity to bring in new people to the craft business, because you’re not just limited to just selling craft supplies, you’re also selling a range of products,” he said.
“That’s where craft can really grow.”
Art and craft shops and stalls in Wickliffe and Dublin are also taking part in the Craft Ireland craft fair, which is due to take place in late February.
The Wickliff branch of the craft fair is also taking advantage of the opening of a craft supply store in Wickllie and an art and crafts stall in Dublin Castle, which will also have a shop for art and art supplies.
“I think the craft and crafts market is really important to the community and the arts in Wickillys community,” said Wicklow City Council’s director of economic development, Mark Stoll.
“We think this will provide the opportunity for a lot of people to come in and have a look at what’s going on in the Wicklillie and Dublin area.”