Guess what I’m in the market for? And I’m delighted to report that if you’re in need of a calendar we’ve some stunning ones to choose from. Here are the ones I found on my internet travels. Some are printed in Ireland and some are printed on recycled paper. All are by Irish based illustrators, artists and designers. Did I miss out on any? If I did do let me know.
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She Designs He Prints have two lovely offerings by way of 2021 calendars. One of Irish buildings, one of animals and one of tongue twisters. They vary is size when folded from A5 to 210mm square to A4, but all are printed in their print works in Dublin 8 on 200gsm silk. You can buy from their website or from the e-tailer Market Street.
The Designer of Things (see top photo) is the creative force behind this stunning A3 calendar of Irish Lighthouses that comes wrapped in a biodegradable cellophane bag. You can buy this calendar from their Etsy store or from a number of stockists around the country.
Burren Flower Fairies is the creation of illustrator Susan Meaney, who lives in the west of Ireland. She has two calendars to choose from. The first, featuring fairies and flowers, is a perpetual calendar for special dates printed on 250g card. The second is for 2021 and features a different Wild Atlantic Ocean seaweed and fairy friend every month. The cover of this is printed on 300gm coated art paper, and the internal pages are printed on 100% recycled paper. The calendar is 210mm when folded and can be bought from a number of stockists, but be quick it seems to be sold out in quite a few places, including the artists own Etsy store.
If minimalism is more your thing then look no further than the sleek offering from We Make Good. This crisp calendar is designed by Mel Gardner and printed on recycled page by Triest printers in Roscommon, a printing house that works with people with intellectual disabilities. You can buy from their website.
Ann Flynn’s 2021 is a collection of light-filled images and inspirational quotes printed on high-quality A4 silk photo art paper. You can buy from her website.
The artist Annabel Langrish has two calendars for this year, one on wildflowers and one with painting of places around West Cork, where she lives. Both calendars are spiral bound and measure 29.5 x 18 cm open or close. You can buy directly from her website.
The Irish Design Shop commissions a calendar every year and this year it’s lino cuts of wildflowers by Cork artist Mary Callaghan with words by Peter Hourihane. The calendar measures 30x30cm when folded and is printed in Dublin on Edixion FSC approved stock. The lino prints of wild flowers are perforated and fit into recycled frames by Rocker Lane workshop. You can buy the calendar from their online store.
If you’re on Facebook photographer Felix Sproll has a calendar for 2021 with some stunning shots of Ireland on it.
Leinster based illustrator Grace Ryan Designs has an A5 calendar of Irish wildlife this year.
Another charity calendar is The Snug Project for Alone, which features a beautifully designed calendar with photographs of snugs (small areas in pubs) around Ireland by graphic designer Paul Guinan.
And if wall planners are more your thing Klee Paper (Eco Land) have a lovely one of wildflowers by Baglady Design. It is made in Ireland on recycled paper and measures 420mm x 595mm.