In the spotlight: 2020 all wrapped up!

The Biscuit Marketplace makers’ spotlight series

Well, what a year it’s been! No-one would’ve ever foreseen the chaos that 2020 would dump on us but hey, we made it through guys and as the horizon approaches on 2021 we think you all deserve a massive round of applause. You stayed strong when the going got tough – and by God, did it – and most importantly you stayed with us and supported the marketplace with your beautiful creations. Here to you, here’s to art and here’s to keeping creative no matter what…

Whilst we’re here, we wanted to take a moment to shine a spotlight on some of our marvellous makers that appeared in the Meet the Makers’ series. We also want to look back on times when the marketplace has been a beacon for shopping and supporting local as a group. Without further ado, let’s get stuck in!

Val Robus – mental health meets art

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Val found solace from her anxiety and depression through painting. She now uses it as a form of therapy and mindfulness and has found the Biscuit community to be a helpful resource and unique circle to be a part of!

READ VAL’S STORY HERE

Fran Halpin – the girl that makes you wanna swim in the ocean

Captivated by creative work from a young age, Fran Halpin never let adversity get in her way as she carved a career for herself against all odds. Growing up in Tallaght, the painter had her heart set on spending life tucked away in a studio brushing endless images onto canvas for as long as she can remember.

READ FRAN’S STORY HERE

Liga Valge – the Latvian artist with a flair for jewels

After qualifying as a dress maker in her home country during the late 90s, she decided to put artistic ventures on the back burner and returned to school to study tourism. Following on from that, her path steered her towards teaching sports until becoming a mum and moving to Ireland in 2009 – the year everything changed. 

READ LIGA’S STORY HERE

Felicia Thomas – making houses a home

Inspired by nature, she has a huge love of home. The word home conjures up images of family, warmth, love and cosiness – that’s why she paints houses.

READ FELICIA’S STORY HERE

Liza Kavanagh – A country girl that found her solace in art

A country girl to her boots with the soul of an introvert, Liza Kavanagh was born and bred in Martinstown, Kildare. With the Curragh Plains on her doorstep, the artist lives a busy life caring for her three children, husband, and two Vizsla dogs, yet always manages to fill canvas after canvas with vivacious creations. 

READ LIZA’S STORY HERE

Niall Laverty – the poster boy with a mischievous left eyebrow

Niall is our Victorian poster boy with a versatile face, great hair, and mischievous left eyebrow.
He likes to twirl his mustache as he dreams up visual puns. After a career in animation, Niall’s drawing skills now bring literature to life through his illustrations. He also loves to show animation students and professionals around Europe the importance of gesture drawing for capturing the essence of the pose.

READ NIALL’S STORY HERE

Namitha Rajan – the queen of reinvention

Born in India, the creative has surprisingly set up her roots in Templemore, Tipperary where she lives with her husband and son Daniel. However the road was anything but straight to get to where she’s ended up…

READ NAMITHA’S STORY HERE

Lorna Watkins – the abstract painter from Sligo who brings poetry to COVID masks

Aside from keeping her painting business afloat, this Irish artist has been busy creating in an attempt to help the COVID crisis by making protective gear for frontline staff.

READ LORNA’S STORY HERE

Karen Hickey – the painter that has a sixth sense for reading people

Fascinated by people and their unique quirks, Celbridge local and mother of three, Karen Hickey, has been drawing for as long as she can remember. 

READ KAREN’S STORY HERE

Elaine Quinlan – this globetrotter has put her roots down in Galway

Growing up with an army officer for a father, Elaine Quinlan has pretty much seen it all. Spending her youth jet setting across the Middle East, teaching in Barcelona, eloping in Honolulu, living in Montreal and finally settling in Galway – gasp for breath – you can expect to find diversity and cultural awareness laced throughout her creative work. 

READ ELAINE’S STORY HERE

We were featured in The Irish Times

An article written by Conor Pope took time to specially mention our marketplace and the great work it’s doing to encourage shopping locally.

And so the time has come to round up the year with a massive thank you to everyone who has been a part of this crazy journey with us! We look forward to working together again in the new year – that’ll hopefully be more or less COVID free – but until then stuff your face with mince pies and live your best Christmas cozy life… we know we will! x

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