Katie & Maud

It was a pleasure to work with local business Katie & Maud recently on producing these images of her new product line. I'm a great believer in the power of mindfulness when it comes to maintaining good mental health, so Johanna's products caught my eye when she first took a stall at Strandhill Market. I love the idea of these door hangers - a simple way to create a bit of space for yourself in a busy household.

Locks & Lace - "Hair, Hats & Happiness"

I got the opportunity to peek inside the studio of Sligo hair and millinery outfit Locks & Lace last month, and shoot some images for a feature in Sligo Now. It's a beautifully bright and airy studio, full of light and colour and useful storage space. Each headpiece is hand-shaped, hand-stitched and hand-crafted by Strandhill-based owner Emma Murphy, using quality materials like fur felt and real feathers. She sews the linings for her pieces on her mother's vintage machine, and attaches each bead by hand with a needle & thread. It's brilliant to see such a dedication to craft and quality in a small local enterprise.

You'll find a few of these photos in Emma's feature in this month's Sligo Now, which will be in the usual local outlets from tomorrow (Friday).