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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

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“Dream bigger,Aim Higher, Fight harder, And, when in doubt, remember,You are right” Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo is the alternative collection of bed time stories that swaps princesses for women who changed the world, from Frida Kahlo to Florence Nightingale, Serena Williams to Rosa Parks.Written in response to gender-stereotyping in children's media, GNSFRG tells tales of women scientists, activists, dancers, inventors, sports people and writers from all over the globe. The stories aren't sugar-coated either, the emphasis is on overcoming obstacles and fighting hard to achieve your goals.  Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist who...

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Dúinn Designs - Designer Profile

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Dúinn Designs is a new range of textiles inspired by Irish myths, history and landmarks.Bernadette McCullagh, a textile designer based in Louth, was inspired one day when her daughter came home talking about the Bull of Cooley. She was so excited by the story she began to reread the old Irish legends and myths. Bernadette did an illustration of the bull, which led to a pattern that became the beginning of Dúinn Designs.The range expanded to include Ireland's most famous landmarks. From Trinity's arches to Skelligs Island, Dúinn Designs focus on creating modern designs that celebrate Ireland's history in a...

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Kiki Moon - Designer profile

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Keelin O'Keeffe is the woman behind Kiki Moon, an Irish company designing and producing beautiful baby blankets that you'll want to curl up in! Kiki Moon began 4 years ago, just after the birth of Keelin's first child. She spent a long time searching for the perfect blanket, something soft and durable, cosy but vibrant. Nothing really met the mark, so Keelin started designing her own blankets, with bright, rich, colour palettes that were special and unique. When Keelin found a family-run textiles company in Portugal to make her blankets she was over the (Kiki) moon (sorry) and they officially launched three...

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Three New Books on Art, Architecture and Colour

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Who's Afraid of Contemporary Art?   What IS contemporary art? What makes it art? Is everything art? Should I know? Does everyone else already know? If you can relate to these questions, Who's Afraid of Contemporary Art is the book for you. Written by Kyung An – Assistant Curator at the Guggenheim – and Jessica Cerasi – Exhibitions manger at Carroll/Fletcher Gallery – Who's Afraid of Contemporary Art is an A-Z guide of all things art. Delivered in concise, jargon-free, English, this book offers insightful explanations into the art world, the mystique of conceptual art, the role of the artist...

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Mother's Day gift ideas

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Get your mammy something nice for Sunday, you know she deserves it! We have a brilliant range of gifts, to suit everyone from a new mum to one with a wealth of experience. Whether she's into fashion, cosmetics, homeware, reading or gadgets, we'll have you covered with our full collection of gift ideas here. Here are some of our brand new favourites that will definitely go down well for Mother's Day....Silk Neckerchiefs from Dúinn Designs Brand new to Designist these gorgeous silk neckerchiefs will make an excellent mother's day gift. The patterns are inspired by tales from Irish folklore and...

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