A CATHERINE Street lady is to get an early Christmas present as a festive card she designed will be printed and sold in Limerick.
Juliette Moriarty won the Limerick Craft Hub’s Spirit of Christmas prize.
The centre, based in Lower Cecil Street, asked people to come up with special Christmas card designs focusing on what the festive season means to them.
And it was Juliette’s “simple, yet bold” card, which saw festive phrases cut out of magazines and committed to card win the prize of a hamper stuffed full of Craft Hub goodies, and the chance for her card to go on a limited print run.
“I picked lots of words out of magazines which related to Christmas. I stuck them all down on a card. I wanted to make it look like a Christmas present, so I added a bow made from red card around it,” Juliette explained.
She said when she heard she had won the prize, she was “absolutely thrilled”.
“I went to the arts college for four years, so I would do a lot of arts and crafts in my spare time. When I saw the competition, I thought I would enter it,” she added.
Asked what made her stand out, Juliette says she feels it is the simplicity of the message conveyed.
“I thought it looked nice printed. I did not want to make too much fuss: I wanted to create something simple, yet bold. But I’m happy out,” she enthused.
Clare Jordan, manager of the Craft Hub said: “Juliette’s beautiful handmade card was chosen for the overall design and craftsmanship, depicting the spirit of love, giving, family, friendship, thanksgiving and hope, to name but a few of the elements shown on the card using traditional decoupage techniques.”
The winning card will now go to print, and be available in the Craft Hub to buy shortly.
Clare said she was delighted with the response shown by the public to the Spirit of Limerick competition.
“The level of interest and standard of entries to this, our first craft card competition, was wonderful and we look forward to having them again next year. We have been delighted with the fantastic local response to the Craft Hub, especially with so many choosing to shop locally, supporting their local craft businesses this Christmas.”
The Limerick Craft Hub will remain open until 4pm on Christmas Eve, before taking a Christmas break.
It will reopen on Tuesday, January 6.