Inspiration for our range of men’s scarves came from very close to home. Liz took her inspiration from our very own Patrick Kavanagh when designing her range of men’s scarves. She uses staple colours such as earthy browns and greys, as well as lush greens and rich reds in her Kavanagh collection. They reflect Kavanaghs’ works of poetry which reference the stony grey soil of Monaghan. The browns of the ploughed farmland and the greens of the rolling drumlins featured prominently in Kavanaghs’ poetry, brought to life with his words. Liz’s men’s scarves are hand woven using fine cotton and authentic Donegal tweed.
There is nothing nicer than a well dressed man, in my opinion! A Kavanagh inspired man’s scarf makes a great addition to any man’s winter wardrobe, regardless of age. They are a great accessory to wear with a cozy winter coat, for both smart and casual dressing. Liz Christy’s Kavanagh Collection makes the perfect gift for the man in your life, for Father’s Day, Christmas and birthdays. Indeed they make wonderful corporate gifts also, when the occasion calls for something special. Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation, Heather Humphreys presented one to Liange Liu, President of the Bank of China. To see Liz’s Kavanagh collection of scarves visit our website www.lizchristy.com
Liz says this of her Kavanagh Collection, “Patrick Kavanagh is the inspiration for my collection of men’s scarves. I don’t claim to be an expert on Kavanagh’s poetry and I often thought that he didn’t do Monaghan any favours with his ‘Stony Grey Soil’ that burgled his banks of youth. He was a cranky genius and funny enough that is what tickles me about him.”
Patrick Kavanagh Festival
Liz recently attended the Patrick Kavanagh festival which takes place every year in his native Inniskeen in County Monaghan. Liz had the pleasure of presenting two of her Kavanagh scarves to the guest speakers. They were Anne Harris, former editor of the Sunday Independent newspaper and Oliver Callan, funnyman and also the president of the Patrick Kavanagh Society. Afterwards Liz had the opportunity to have a nice chat with Oliver who absolutely loved his Kavanagh scarf.
Some time back I entered a competition to win the opportunity to have a ‘moving billboard’ on one of Matthews Coaches for 6 months. This was part of their newly launched Arts Showcase Initiative. Well I can say I was just thrilled when I received a phonecall from Karen at Matthews saying that I was the latest winner of this brilliant prize. It took me a while to get my head around what this meant…. Liz Christy. Hand-Woven in Ireland and LizzyC Sheep would be featured on a bus which travelled up and down the M1 and into the centre of Dublin four times a day!
We set to work on the art work for the design. And while I knew exactly what it would look like, it was truly amazing to see it ‘in the flesh’ when my husband and I went to the launch recently. To see a 71 seater bus, parked outside The Marshes Shopping Centre in Dundalk with my images and branding on the back was unreal and very exciting.
A big big thank you to Matthews Coaches from Inniskeen in Co. Monaghan for this wonderful prize.
Check out our newly launched ‘Explore Artisan Monaghan’ booklet which features our own Swallow Studios artisans Louise Loughman & Liz Christy. The Trail also features 14 other artisan locations around County Monaghan and you will find it in public buildings and hotels. Our aim is to work together to cross promote our small craft and food businesses, and make them sustainable in this precious drumlin landscape.
Many thanks to Eilín Connolly and Local Enterprise Office Monaghan for taking the lead on this project. Thanks also to Monaghan County Council, Monaghan Tourism and CEDRA for your support, it is much appreciated.
As artisans we look forward to welcoming visitors from near and far to come and see the creativity at first hand, and help us spread the word that we are open for business.
These are just photos from the trail but when available we will be sharing a link to the full booklet but in the meantime look out for it around and about, and make sure to come and explore 😉