County Wicklow Partnership and Wicklow Craft Foundation announce launch of Wicklow’s Digital Craft Trail

County Wicklow Partnership and Wicklow Craft Foundation have announced the launch of Wicklow’s inaugural digital craft trail – “Made in Wicklow: Head, Heart & Hands, on St Brigid’s Day, February 1st, at Powerscourt Town House, Enniskerry.  

This  platform is a comprehensive showcase for 41 of Wicklow’s skilled craft practitioners & artisans and presents a curated display of the county’s unique, excellent and diverse craftsmanship.

“Made in Wicklow: Head, Heart, and Hands not only brings together the collective talent of artisans, it also introduces a new brand identity to the marketplace. Full professional photography, including profile shots and product images, has been undertaken for each craft practitioner, accompanied by 19 captivating videos to vividly bring the story of Wicklow craft to life, all of which will be available to view online. 

In addition, the platform also features a carefully curated “Recommended by” section, showcasing the support of 7 retail and supports of Wicklow craft, which will help build brand identity.  

The initiative also aims to go beyond the celebration of this rich creative talent by offering an additional tourism offering for visitors planning a unique and authentic experience as part of their visit to the garden county. The official launch, by Minister Simon Harris,  is scheduled for February 1st at Powerscourt Town House in Enniskerry, which has been generously provided by Sarah Slazenger. The launch will be accompanied by a five-day exhibition right across  over the bank holiday weekend, so we encourage everyone to attend as admission is free.  

Speaking ahead of the launch, Chairperson of County Wicklow Partnership Liz Wall stated “County Wicklow Partnership, in collaboration with  Wicklow Craft Foundation, is dedicated to promoting and preserving the rich tradition of craftsmanship in the county. Through strategic initiatives, collaborative efforts, and innovative platforms like “Made in Wicklow: Head, Heart, and Hands,” the partnership aims to contribute to the economic and cultural development of the region by supporting and showcasing the diverse talents of Wicklow’s craft practitioners.”  

To build excitement and community engagement, a 26-workshop craft series is currently been hosted across Wicklow libraries and simultaneously, an 8-week community pottery project is underway in Arklow to highlight the history and heritage of Arklow Pottery. This project has been funded through the Transitional LEADER Rural Development Programme 2021 – 2023 and is supported by County Wicklow Partnership, Wicklow Co Co and Wicklow Craft Foundation.     County Wicklow Partnership and Wicklow Craft Foundation express gratitude to all supporters, collaborators, and contributors who have made this ongoing initiative possible.

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