Back at the end of August, when I was in Sligo for a short break, the days were long, languid, and warm. Now inky darkness descends at around five o’clock and there is a distinct autumnal chill in the air. I need to rummage through my scarf drawer, before I leave the house, for something to wrap around my neck as a bulwark against the cold.
Did I say scarf drawer: I should have said scarf drawers. I have a thing about scarves and I now have a myriad of them, collected over the years, in a rainbow of colours. I must have rocks in my head because having masses of scarves never prevents me buying another one. Thus, on my end-of-summer trip out west, I was in search of a Tweed Project triangular scarf that I had spotted online but wanted to see and feel before I committed to buying it.
So, when returning to base from Sligo, I made a detour to the home of the Tweed Project: Galway city. I had hoped to find the scarf at Brown Thomas, a department store, as at that time the store was showcasing a selection of the Tweed Project clothes. However I was as out of luck as a punter who backs three-legged horses because the scarf I wanted wasn’t in stock.
Before continuing on my voyage around Galway in search of my scarf I headed for lunch in Ard Bia at Nimmos. Ard Bia is a successful café/restaurant with a reputation for producing delicious food from locally sourced produce. I wasn’t disappointed as my lunch was truly good. And I loved the café’s eclectic decor.
As it happens Aoibheann MacNamara the owner of Ard Bia is also one of the co-founders (Trioan Lillis is the other) of the Tweed Project. Still though I hadn’t expected to find scarves for sale in the café but there were, although sadly not the one I was seeking. But as luck would have it Aoibheann was working that lunchtime. She passed by as I was rummaging in the scarf pile and suggested I go her studio that afternoon and said she would arrange to have a triangular scarf there for me to try on.
Result: the triangular scarf draped just as I wanted and the colours suited my skin tone, so I bought it. Bonus result: I got to see Aoibheann’s studio and the downstairs of her super stylish house. Creativity seeps like a river’s tributaries throughout the space. If you would like to see some photos of the house here’s a link to a feature in Image magazine.
I really like the way the Tweed Project uses indigenous fabrics (tweed and linen) in a cool contemporary way: ergo I am a fan. Last year I bought one of their blankets via Markers and Brothers as a Christmas present to myself:I love the way it adds cosiness and texture to my bedroom. The Tweed Project products are pricey but they are also well made and timeless.
The Tweed Project is online here.