|Establishment Name:||Swallow Studios|
Swallow Studios Art & Craft Gallery in Annayalla just outside Castleblayney, houses a unique combination of craft textile workshops in the heart of County Monaghan. Liz Christy and Louise Loughman use their skills to create very desirable crafted goods, all under one roof. Their beautiful and unique work is all the more special in this age of mass production.
Inspired by the Impressionist paintings of Claude Monet, Hand-weaver and textile designer Liz Christy creates a range of scarves and stoles using cotton, wool and boucle wool blend yarns in a host of colours. Liz is also the creator of the popular "LizzyC Sheep Gift Collection" – brooches, key-rings, magnets, greeting cards. These quirky little collectible sheep, make perfect affordable gifts for visitors to Ireland.
Batik artist Louise Loughman creates beautiful hand-painted silk items. Louise draws her inspiration for her batiks from Irish mythology and her surrounding heritage. Her range includes scarves, wall-hangings, cards and framed pictures. Liz and Louise are always delighted to welcome visitors to the studio to see them at work.
Tourists can visit both workshops and experience the life of a hand-weaver and potter in rural Ireland. Both ladies want to create memories for the tourist to bring home and cherish. They would like to raise the profile of Monaghan and establish it as a place in the North East of Ireland for tourists to visit, see something different and purchase unique hand-crafted gifts.
Monaghan is only 1hr 30mins from Dublin Airport and the same driving time from Belfast. At Liz Christy’s studio, you can stop by and see her design and prepare a warp on the warping mill. A weaving demonstration will also be provided. There is a gift shop onsite with hand-crafted products from local and national artisans and craftspeople.
Opening hours 10am-6pm Monday to Friday. Bank Holidays, Saturday & Sunday by pre-arrangement. Bus Tours/Large Groups/School Tours welcome but please pre-arrange. Parking available.