T-shirts Re-imagined

Mr Makery has quite a T-shirt collection, when they get worn to death...then I step in!
I LOVE this upcycle. Very cool Electric Picnic t-shirt from 2010 with all the artists on the back and a very striking and colourful stag's head image on the front. I wanted to make something using both sides, so this is what I came up with! A cool way to reuse something that you just can't say goodbye to. If have something you'd like me to upcycle get in touch.

Upcycled T-Shirt 1

Upcycled T-Shirt 2


Upcycled T-Shirt 3

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Body and Soul - the ultimate upcycle

While at Body & Soul at the weekend (only starting to right myself again now!!), there were some great examples of very clever upcycling - one of which is below...

A very clever installation by Vodafone that highlights just how many handsets - €4.5 millions worth! - are sitting in drawers around Ireland just waiting to be recycled! That is a staggering amount of technology just lying around that ultimately can be made use off again. Why not recycle yours a donate the money to charity?



Body & Soul Upcycle 1


Body & Soul Upcycle 2


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More Music, Less Talk, More Sitting!

I couldn't resist a play on words (or a couple) for this one!

One of my record stools in the studio of Q102! When I first came up the idea for these stools and made my first protoype, I never could have imagined that they would make their way into the studio of Q102! Thanks to Dave Harrington for getting in touch and for uploading his picture to Q102's facebook page also.  

More sitting, less standing! Check out the link below 

These stools are sturdier than you'd initially think. Whenever I am at markets/fairs people don't believe me that they are strong enough to take the weight of someone sitting on them - so I always tell them to take a test drive! They are made using very firm upholstery foam, so as well as being solid they are also very comfortable. Please get in touch for more info. They would look great in a home bar or home studio also! :) 

Record Stool Q102 Studio


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Back to Black(board)!

I was asked to make a bespoke blackboard for a client. The brief was for a blackboard that could be wall mounted, big enough to have lots of reminders and notes for herself and her boyfriend and something with geometric prints. The challenge was set!

Made using MDF which was measured and cut to size, I then handmade a frame using some beading from the local DIY shop (which has become my second home at this rate!). The mdf was then painted with blackboard paint and the frame painted in Annie Sloan white chalk paint, with a bespoke mixed teal colour used for the geometric detailing.

For the geometric shapes I made a bespoke design stamp motif from a school eraser and stamped it onto the frame and added some matching with matching blue hooks for hanging keys etc.

There was a little surprise with this one... as I opted for magnetic chalkboard paint, and so they are matching blue magnets attached!! Please excuse the mess of my house in the first few shots, and the pic in its final destination merely highlights the important of keep cheques safe also :) 

Delighted with how it turned out, and the client was too so a job well done! 



Custom Blackboard:
Custom Blackboard Preparation


Custom Blackboard 1


Custom Blackboard 2


Custom Blackboard 3


Custom Blackboard 4

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Custom Furniture Painting & Upcycles

Have now uploaded a gallery of custom items that have been commissioned by clients to the site. The gallery showcases various different bespoke furniture painting and unique upcycles. I will pretty much try and make anything out of anything else (within reason!) so if you have an idea about something you might like me to try - get in touch, there is no limit to imagination!!

Check it out here 


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Market Time

Been non stop over the last few weeks - been designing up some uniquely Irish and original greeting cards to send to print, along with some snazzy new business cards and a banner for The Makery's first ever market stall pitch! The excitement is growing, and so too is the product line! More pebble pictures have been added and am currently working on some commissioned pieces, commissioned furniture painting and some beautiful upcycled and recycled wedding items for the budget shabby chic wedding craze - watch this space!


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Welcome to The Makery's new website!

Thanks for stopping by! This is my first post for the brand new website and it comes with much excitement I can tell you! The setting up of The Makery has been a bit of a whirlwhind since it's initial start up in late November 2014, experiencing minor teething issues (those of you that know me will know just how true that is! :) ), some ups and downs and general life getting in the way! But finally here it is - now able to take online orders and payments and I couldn't be happier. Website is under construction at the moment with more items to be added very shortly, please check back soon and tell your friends.

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