Bewley’s to sell Sligo designers coffee mugs


A talented young designer from Beltra, Co. Sligo, was chosen by Bewley’s to create a new limited edition coffee mug and gift set, now on sale in supermarkets nationwide.

Bewley’s Brand Director, Mark Saunders and Paula McGloin. Photo by Marc O'Sullivan.
Bewley’s Brand Director, Mark Saunders and Paula McGloin. Photo by Marc O’Sullivan.

Bewley’s identified Paula McGloin for the project for her fresh and innovative approach to art and design. The Bewley’s Paula McGloin gift set is now set to become a collector’s edition for coffee lovers all over Ireland.

The specially commissioned, hand illustrated mug features an intricate pattern of teapots, teacups, cupcakes, oriental fans, birds and butterflies.
The gift set also contains specially produced Bewley’s Café Blend ground coffee and will be available for a limited time only.

A daughter of Martin and Anne McGloin, Paula is an illustrator and pattern designer who creates unique and intricate designs for textiles and fashion. She has a twin sister Emma and two brothers Martin and Damien.

Paula was educated at High Park NS, Skreen and completed her Leaving Certificate in St. Mary’s College Ballisodare. She subsequently graduated from the National College of Art and Design with a Visual Communications Degree in 2004 and then went on to complete a Masters in Digital Media Technology at DIT.

With a retro-inspired and playful style, Paula creates bold and colourful designs using nature, literature and the animal kingdom for inspiration.

For this mug she also drew inspiration from the world famous Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows in Bewley’s cafe in Grafton Street, Dublin. Paula started off as a graphic designer and credits social media and group exhibitions for getting her designs noticed. She created the bespoke mug design specially and exclusively for Bewley’s.

“It’s a thrill to design for Bewley’s. My first memory of Bewley’s was as an art student, treating myself to a cup of delicious fresh coffee in Bewley’s Grafton Street while mesmerised by the beauty and uniqueness of the Harry Clarke stained glass windows.

“I loved the colours, the lavish details of oriental birds and decorative flowers. I wanted to revisit this oriental theme while also using my own style to celebrate the love of tea and coffee. It’s also brilliant to know that the café is being renovated and will return in sparkling form in the New Year.”

Mark Saunders, Brand Director, Bewley’s said, “Bewley’s has a long and proud association with support for Irish arts so it’s great to work with such a designer as talented as Paula on this project, particularly as 2015 is the year of Irish design.

Paula’s prints are fresh and modern and the oriental feel of the new mug design beautifully captures the rich history of Bewley’s in a lively and colourful way.”

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