Green Dot Irish Design Makers is a hub and shop for beautiful and ethically made Irish Craft and Design, based in the vibrant town of Clonakilty in West Cork. Their in-house craft studio is the home of Little Green Dot and other creative projects and they also commission and collaborate with other makers to create unique pieces. The shop stocks the work of over 50 Irish based designer-makers and the main focus is on promoting well made, unique, handcrafted work from all over the country (and especially Cork), as well as supporting the genuine people behind it. They also sell online with bespoke gift boxes a speciality.
The amount of time, skill and hard graft (as well as the odd tear) that goes into this kind of craftsmanship in towns, cities and countryside is truly remarkable in Ireland. These stories and work are something to be cherished and valued, along with the extra colour and sustainability they add to the community. This kind of work also ties in very much with an eco-friendly, socially aware ethos where everyone is treated fairly in the production of these beautiful gifts. Green Dot also acts in an eco-friendly and sustainable way when possible.
The shop and space is owned and curated by Lisa Tonge, a former community development worker to self-taught crafter/maker. Lisa has developed from a small home based, baby gift craft business 'Little Green Dot, to something much more. Little Green Dot and the craft studio is still part of the everyday work here and even more things are made in-house now working with brilliant makers. It is a busy happy place.