Kildare artists feature at Village's Christmas Collective

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Kildare artists feature at Village's Christmas Collective

Little Miss Aine Dolls

This Christmas, Kildare Village has launched the Christmas Collective, which opened its doors last Thursday, 9 November to Sunday, 24 December.

The Christmas Collective offers a range of seasonal surprises with a gifting and personalisation service to celebrate Kildare design, such as Miss Aine dolls and hand cut glass ornaments for Christmas made by Eva Kelly.

Aine, who lives in Celbridge in Celbridge is a stay-at-home mammy who makes a limited number of dolls per year.

“I’ve always done lots of knitting and sewing, since 6-7 years of age, but it was only after having my daughter 9 years ago that I began to design toys myself,” said Aine.

“I began by writing knitting patterns for toys, some of which I self-publish and some which have been in magazines such as Creative Knitting and Let’s Knit.

“Over time I branched out to design fabric toys also which I make to sell. The design for the large rag doll was inspired by a drawing my daughter did, age 4-5, and it greatly influenced the shape of the doll.

“I like to combine my creative skills where possible in creating my toys, so some will be made from a combination of sewing, knitting, embroidery and crochet. I feel this gives my toys a unique look.”

Newbridge artist Eva Kelly has been working in glass ware for the past 30 years now.

“I was living out in Australia and that is where I learned all about glass making,” said Eva.

“When we came home we built a house in Calverstown and I incorporated my studio there. I used to make stained glass windows and even made one for Newbridge College.”

Other goods on offer include hand-cut crystal Christmas baubles from Criostal Na Rinne, personalised gift wrap by Abigail Warner, personalised Santa sacks and beautiful handmade wreaths, designed by award- winning freelance landscape designer, Mark Grehan.

There is an array of personalised options for boys and girls, all of which can be done and taken home on the same day.