A Monasterevin design business competing in Croke Park for the All Star Awards on Thursday 19 April came in second place in the Irish language category.
Angelina Foster of Angelina’s Art Ventures, from Monasterevin lost out to Eyre Square Shopping Centre in Galway in the overall Irish Language category.
“I lost out to Eyre Square Shopping Centre in the overall Irish Language category last Thursday in Croke Park, but considering I am only in business 16 months getting to the finals has been a huge boost for me, my business and locality,” she said.
“I am over the moon to have been accredited an All Star as Design Leader As Gaeilge 2018 from the business community. As a creative business it can be very hard to be taken seriously so I hope I can encourage other creative entrepreneurs. Most of the other companies in my category were from Gaeltacht areas so I think people were surprised to hear I'm a Lilywhite!”
Angelina uses Gaeilge in her designs, marketing, social media and product descriptions. Angelina’s Art Ventures offers a memorable piece of fun Irish heritage art on affordable luxury products.
She describes her passion as delivering unique products which make the Irish heritage story interesting and colourful, taking you on a journey of discovery into Irish heritage and culture.
She creates colour popping designs As Gaeilge on t-shirts and umbrellas from her drawings and calligraphy, and uses her own photography taken on many walks around Kildare and Ireland to make heritage bags and coasters. Many of the pictures were taken in Kildare and promote the inner beauty of the midlands. Her work explores connections in heritage, nature, and the power of language. She has chosen to connect with Europe through Gaeilge by developing multilingual designs, these are great for people who want to bring their native tongue abroad.
“There was actually amazing representation there from Kildare female entrepreneurs - Mary Grant received accreditation as Design leader in Fashion and Noreen from the Irish Biltong Company won awards for Best Female led and Food category,” she added.