Two Sligo designers in Kilkenny show

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Sligo designers Ashleigh Smith and Rebecca Marsden have been chosen to feature in Fresh Talent, an exhibition of work by Irish designers.

Fresh Talent showcases the work of emerging Irish designers since 2011. Fresh Talent is a government-backed project exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design nationally and internationally.

The exhibition has been commissioned to form part of the programme of exhibitions for Irish Design 2015. Their work will be on display at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny and will run until March 18.

Ashleigh Smith founded the Atlantic Equipment (AE) Project. The Project is an “outdoor brand that designs and makes carry equipment inspired by Atlantic adventure”.

The aim of AE is to become a globally recognised, Sligo-made brand. Smith has graduated with an MA in Intergrated Design at Technical University of Delft, Netherlands and completed a BSc in Product Design from the University of Limerick.

Rebecca Marsden’s work is in the “processes and fabric manipulation, exploring the extent to which a concept can be realised and made tangible”.

She draws inspiration from her surroundings, and constantly searches for new ways to manipulate materials and the re-interpretation of traditional techniques.

Marsden has received a first class BA (Hons) in Fashion Design from Limerick School of Art & Design in 2012. Her work is retailed in Brown Thomas as part if their Create Project.

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