From The Maker: Clover Rua

Só Collective | From the Maker | March 2017

Clover Rua

Clover Rua was established in 2013 by Dublin based design duo and friends Anita Elliott and Martin Gleeson, with backgrounds in textile design and graphic design. Ireland’s rich design heritage informs Clover Rua’s prints - Anita and Martin are inspired by the strong guilds of Irish iron and cast iron craftsmen who have left their indelible mark on Irish architecture on our railings, gates, windows, lamp posts and bridges. All these iconic details are celebrated in Clover Rua.

Anita studied textile design at NCAD and worked as a textile designer for many years working with Irish designers including John Rocha and Quinn and Donnelly. She travelled to Australia and stayed for seven years, during this time she lectured in design and developed a studio practice. Her work was featured in many publications including Vogue Living Australia. On returning to Ireland Anita continued lecturing in design and kept a studio practice, she exhibited in many exhibitions including Forty Shades of Green, curated by Brian Kennedy for the DCCOI at the Glucksman Gallery, Sema Paris and Interlace, curated by Angela O’Kelly for the DCCOI at The National Craft Gallery Kilkenny. In 2013 Anita founded Clover Rua and she is now involved full time in the business. “Colour is very important to us. We want our work to have a vibrancy that captures the colour and richness of Ireland.”

Martin studied design communications at DIT and IADT and has worked as a Graphic Designer and Art Director for twenty years including stints as a freelancer as well as full-time positions at major agencies such as Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy and M&C Saatchi. He has lived abroad for many years and spent eight in Australia. On returning to Ireland, Martin freelanced for 10 years in the Advertising and Design Industries. He has has won industry awards in both Ireland and Australia. In 2013 Anita he joined Anita setting up Clover Rua. “Our process is about strong clear uncluttered design and hand drawn graphics. These are the qualities that are design at its best, unobtrusive and elegant."

Screen Printing Demonstrations will be held in store as part of Só Collective’s ‘From the Maker’ series for March 2017, with Anita and Martin demonstrating their screen printing and design process in a fun and interactive way.

Saturday 11 March 14.00 - 16.00
Saturday 25 March 14.00 - 16.00



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