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She also runs the Dublin Flea Market and has a company called Scarfskin, which sells undyed sheepskin pelts. You can’t swing an Aeropress or plate of pulled pork without hitting a new coffee shop or chirpy new restaurant.Many people, freed from their nine to fives, decided to take the plunge into creative endeavours. New visual representations of Dublin smile from prints in small art and design stores, and the festival aesthetic is bleeding into weddings and club nights. Ad and marketing agencies are looking to street artists.
Although they work in different disciplines, they are all multifaceted.
When the first 10 minutes is up and tables are switched, there’s an audible “awww” from those who were just getting into it. For Hunt & Gather, the most frequent question people ask them is about venues. Previously disused buildings that were temporarily turned into studios and creative spaces are being snapped up. A quote from Cllr Andrew Montague, who was lord mayor of Dublin from 2011 to 2012, about the council’s Vacant Space Scheme, now rings hollow: “It is in everybody’s interest to have vacant spaces in the city utilised.
Leaving them empty leaves a negative impression, while artistic and cultural activities can enhance individual streets, which is something the entire surrounding community can benefit from too.” DIY creative projects require passion, commitment, help and long hours, but space is essential.
It is a Thursday in Dublin’s Twisted Pepper and eligible creatives are being set up on dates with people who have their own creative ideas.
The idea of the Absolut DIY event, organised in conjunction with the creative conference Offset, is to let conversation and collaboration flow between self-starting people who have proved their worth doling out advice to those who want to get to where they are.
If nine-to-five work is a closed container, creativity as work sees it leak and spread across several areas.