Good morning lovely people! And you really are very, very lovely, thank you so much for the kind words and comments about our wedding.
Today, we’ve a pretty special lady to share, Janet McNamee is the wonderful person behind Jupiter Red a textile print studio specialising in hand printed linen textiles. One of our Local Loves we’re excited to share her products, which are perfect for a wedding gift or a very fancy favour for your guests. I had a chat with Janet and learnt about the design and making process. The designs are gorgeous and a true taste of Irish crafts at their best.
“Jupiter Red offers couples an alternative to the formal boxed gift set of stiff damask linen with shamrock pattern and emerald green ribbon. We like to think of our customers using their napkins for lazy lunches with friends or a nice cosy date night. Our durable tea towels will last forever and are a useful and thoughtful gift for occasions such as a wedding. It’s not expensive show-off linen, it’s just lovely everyday 100% Northern Irish soft, unbleached linen. The patterns are original and are handprinted in my little studio which I set up three years ago.”
“I worked in the Irish Linen Centre and the Ulster Folk Museum and studied Fine Art at University of Ulster. I worked for IKEA as an Interior Designer before setting up my studio. The current products include tea towels, napkins, tote bags, aprons, and lavender sachets. I recently added personalised wedding and anniversary tea towels to the product range, and I am chuffed that they have proved really popular – I love knowing that I have played a small part in someone’s special day. They make a great unique gift for a special couple, or as a wedding favour for smaller weddings.”
“Patterns usually start off as sketches or photographs and then the design is transferred onto a silkscreen. The silkscreen is like a big stencil. It is placed on top of the linen and inks are then pushed through it onto the linen fabric below, using a squeegee. The linen is then dried, heat set and sewn into lovely gifts.”
“I know nowadays we are all striving to be more eco friendly and use less plastic and paper products. Buying a durable linen product is a good place to start. But think about it even further… a lovely little re-usable linen tote is more eco-friendly than a bright orange plastic carrier bag, but it also looks far prettier. And a gorgeous set of re-usable linen napkins is sounder than paper napkins, and they will also make your surprise mid-week date night meal feel really special. They’re just simple changes, small gestures, little treats, but they make you feel so good. And, you can feel eco-smug too, for using sustainable fabrics and supporting a local designer/maker!”
You can purchase Janet’s designs from her online shop at www.jupiterred.co.uk, with custom orders welcome. And if you’re in the need for some cool rustic Christmas decorations, check out the stag range too!