Hi, I'm Evelyn and it is lovely to meet you !
So, like my hats ! I certainly have worn many different ones so far in my life. Some of you may know me already from the many different paths I have
travelled up to now ! Perhaps it was from Art College in IADT in Dun Laoghaire, way back then, or from the Temple Bar Designer Market ? For years I loved that spot I had on the top steps of Cows Lane – selling my hats and handwoven shawls – chatting to everyone and enjoying hearing all the stories that people choose to tell me. It was like I got small snip bits and flakes of people’s lives or something that they needed to share with someone , to then move on.
Or maybe it was at my, then studio at Russborough House ? A stunning house and place that will always be close to my heart www.russborough.ie Or perhaps you bought a hat from one of the 22 shops I stocked at one point !! including Kilkenny Design www.killkennydesign.com , the GPO or Foxford Mills www.foxford.com ? ! It all was a really bohemian special time back then !
Since then, some may know me from my work with the Travelling Community in the craft based social enterprise www.shuttleknit.ie in Wicklow Town ? That was certainly one of the most rewarding and challenging jobs I have ever done. I made so many friends there, learnt so much about what is valuable to
Or finally, you may know me now through my work as a LEADER Rural
Development officer at County Wicklow Partnership, www.countywicklowpartnership.ie, a job I love and am blessed to do, that takes me into the heart of Wicklow and its community.
My path I hope will still take many more twists and turns,
as my gypsy spirit, while gentle will always need to wander.
My latest addition is to the Merrion Square Art Market every
Sunday, somewhere to have more giggles, adventure and gather with a free
spirited tribe of creatives - to chat and enjoy a day outside.
If we have not met yet then do come say hello sometime if you are ever nearby
A note on creativity and the courage to Believe !!
I always remember the turning point. It was a Tuesday in
February 2016. It was one simple sentence, one moment and after that, everything changed in and for me. They were four simple words – ‘ I believe in you ‘ .
In many ways it was not the words, but it was the way he
looked at me when he said it. He was an elderly man, a wise man, a leader and belief setter. Mostly, for me, it was really because, I heard them. Really heard them. His name is Blaise Brosnan, a man
who changed the course of my life. Thank you kind SIR !
Often the past, the knocks and sometimes even the everyday steals us of our expression, our true soul cry. We can lose the courage and connection to our talents - until there comes a point when their voice needs to rise again. To be heard. It can take one person, one step, one change of mind to embrace a new way forward. For me, my intuition and the creative process has always part of me and that day I found the courage to
believe again. Evelyn x
' If you are always trying to be normal,
Your will never know just how amazing you are '
‘ How a hat makes you feel, is what a hat is all about ‘ … handmade with love and worn by so many !