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Published: 17 Feb 2017

Two creative enterprises from Co. Mayo will travel to Arctic Design Week

Next week 4 creative enterprises from the West of Ireland will travel to Finland to attend Arctic Design Week.

Jo Anne Butler from Superfolk and Deirdre Duffy from Wild Coocoon are both based in Co. Mayo.

Superfolk is a design and make studio. Jo Anne runs it with partner Gearoid Muldowney. Gearoid and Jo Anne have a passion for wildlife, seasonality, wild food and a respect for our natural world. Craft is at the heart of what they do.

They work slowly and deliberately, taking time to create objects of real beauty, integrity and soul. Their products reflect the character and behaviour of the raw materials from which they are made. Imbued with a poetic optimism for sustainable living, they make quality, durable homewares that embrace the patina of time.


Drawing on an intriguing craft heritage, a qualification from NCAD and her love of ‘making’, Deirdre Duffy has developed a range of handwoven treasures – for the person or the home – that transport the user back to a more innocent time, evoking happy memories.  Cocooned in a woollen blanket, feeling the weight and protection of it.

Wild Cocoon products are handwoven on a foot powered floor loom ensuring that no two pieces are ever the same.  Crafted using 100% lambswool, with cotton options available, the texture, weight and colours are key to the unique appeal of the work.

Its raw materials are infused with natural qualities that can be enjoyed everyday to protect against the volatility of the seasons that we live and love in.


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