March 2017 Showcase

March 2017 Showcase

Emma Curtis

Making a presentation at the Monaghan Arts Network March Showcase is Emma Curtis Design.
From a young age, Emma was always into art and loved style and graduated in May 2016 with a BA Honours in Fashion, Textiles and Design with Business management. She also studied in St Angela’s College in Sligo. Throughout her time of study she has received the following recognition for her work:
• Finalist Young Designer of the Year at the 2015 Dublin Fashion Festival
• Top 10 Finalist Galway races wearing my own design 2015
• Finalist Irish student designer of the year Kerry fashion week 2016
• Student Finalist Irish fashion Innovation Awards 2016.
• Award winner at International achievers awards 2016 in London for Best young Designer
• Nominated Best Fashion Designer 2017
Emma has showed her First collection Spring Summer 2017 in September 2016 during London Fashion Week with House of Ikons just 4 months after finishing college. She returned again to London in February 2017 with her Autumn Winter 17/18 collection.
Find Emma online on:
Twitter: @emmamariecurtis
Instagram: emmarie_by_emma_curtis


Ciaran McPhillips

Making a presentation this Wednesday at Monaghan Arts Network’s March Showcase is Ciaran McPhillips of Cooper Handcrafted Furniture. Ciaran comes from a tradition of woodworkers going back to his great grandfather who was a Cooper (i.e name for crafter of wooden barrels). In 2015 Cooper Handcrafted Furniture was born, pushing the Cooper family woodworking tradition in a new contemporary direction. Cooper Handcrafted Furniture design and make contemporary furniture using traditional Irish joinery methods and a wealth of woodworking knowledge and skills. From his workshop in Co. Monaghan, using much of the machinery from the old sawmill that his father and I have reconditioned, Ciaran designs and handcrafts contemporary furnishings and homewares that are unique, attractive, built to last and sealed with the maker’s mark of quality. Ciaran has participated in local pop up shops, Craft Markets and Showcase, the international Trade fair. This year he won awards for the overall product at Design Ireland at Showcase and overall Homewares product winner for Home and Gift category at Showcase 2017

Scott Griffin

Not to be missed at this month’s Monaghan Arts Network showcase is musician, singer & songwriter Scott Griffin. Scott will be playing piano, violin, singing and showing one of his videos at this month’s showcase in the Market House next Wednesday – start time 8pm.
Scott Griffin is a singer/songwriter sharing time between Monaghan and Armagh. From a young age, Scott learned to play piano and violin. His musical influences range from folk, soundtrack and pop. As well as playing in several countries, he has supported Aslan, Wallis Bird and Damien Dempsey. Scott is also known for playing with Monaghan band, Rula Bula. To mark the 1916 Centenary, he also released a music video and single, ‘Margaret Skinnider 1916’.


Niamh Neeson and Enya Redhead

Performing at the March Showcase in the Market House will be Niamh Neeson and Enya Redhead – Sean Nós Dancing

Niamh has been dancing Sean Nós now for about 5 years and Enya took it up last year with Niamh as her teacher. They come together for a half-hour session most weeks during school term.
They both attend Coláiste Oiriall in Monaghan. Niamh is in fifth year and Enya is in first year.
Niamh competed in Sean Nós in the Fleadh in 2014 and achieved an Ulster Medal and represented Ulster in the All Ireland. On Wednesday night, Niamh will also be discussing how she got an interest in Sean Nós dancing.