Contact: Pippa Sweeney
Address: 65 O’Connell St, Dungarvan, County Waterford
Tel: +353 (0) 58 24482:
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The Beach House sources gifts from workshops and private studios all over Ireland and offers a stunning range of art and crafts – handmade soaps, knitwear, ceramics, jewellery, glassware, candles, wooden and leather gifts. The Beach House also stocks a vast selection of top Irish maker/designers such as Foxford, Annabel Langrish, Avoca, Simone Walsh, Ursela Celano, Grand Grand, Fab Cow and Anna Nielsen – to name but a few! The inspirational collection of gifts, along with its bright spacious interior, seaside theme and clinker boat counter makes shopping at The Beach House a really enjoyable experience.
Established in 2012 and being listed by Retail Excellence Ireland in the top 100 shops in Ireland in 2015 and achieving the REI ‘Mark of Excellence’, the Beach House is also a working studio where owner Pippa creates her unique needle felted artworks, County Waterford gifts and Good Wishes keepsakes – many of which can be personalised. Pippa is a member of the Design & Craft Council of Ireland and her needle felted artwork have been exhibited and sold nationwide. Pippa’s gift ranges and needle felted art can be purchased either at The Beach House, on line at www.thebeachhouse.com
As well as creating textile artworks, Pippa is an award-winning author/illustrator – see details of her books and her creative practice on her website www.pippasweeney.info or follow the link through the beach house website above.
Pippa regularly offers needle felting workshops. Enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org Booking essential.
‘Words Get Knotted’ – Pippa’s children’s book on dyslexia was published by Bloomsbury in 2012 and in 2013 won an award for the Best Education Resource at the BESA awards in the UK.
Pippa stumbled upon the technique of needle-felting unspun wool whilst studying for a Masters in Authorial illustration at Falmouth in the UK. She soon knew that she had found the perfect medium to illustrate her children’s book on dyslexia. Using the technique of felting wool to create her little characters not only resulted in gloriously colourful images, but also reflected the core metaphor of the book – of bringing muddle to order. See more on Pippa’s creative practice at www.pippasweeney.info
Words Get Knotted has been described as a ‘breath of fresh air’ by Laura Henry, the UK National Representative of the World Forum on Early Care and Education. Laura who also grew up not having her own dyslexia recognised, says ‘this book will help children to articulate specific aspects of dyslexia and illustrate to other children the fundamentals of it. More importantly it stresses that every child has special skills and talents!’.
Words Get Knotted: Published by Featherstone Education- an imprint of Bloomsbury. Publishing UK-Price €8.50 (paperback) ISBN 978-14081-7589-7