Nicky Dowd

Artist in Residence


My workshops are designed to build great memories. You will learn new skills and techniques, gain confidence, create something wonderful, have fun, whilst being lavished with yummy homemade refreshments.They can be themed for Christmas, Easter, Mother's day ,Birthdays ,Hen Parties  or tailor made. .. 
It's a fantastic way of making unique gifts for friends and family whilst experiencing a new environment.  From Craft mornings to furniture make overs, jewellery making , decorated pots and jars , scented candles and Seaside chimes. I am constantly playing with new ideas so if you see anything on my website that you would like to make just ask  and lets make it happen !.  Choose your date ,pick your workshop and  Contact me   for a price .See more details and lots of images below!

If a group of you fancy having a CRAFTY COFFEE AND CAKE EVENTS or a boozy brunch whilst creating somehting we can take over "THE GALLERY " Brewery Place WESTPORT" . 
This fabulous cute bohemian venue is an intimate space with possibly the best coffee & homemade cake in town and fantastic selections of wines and platter boards if you want to chill over lunch.Tom the owner has a great selection of vinyl so you can choose your own music whilst we craft.

DRIFTWOOD SIGNS   Make your own design with lettering and sea or animal theme stencils using paint,sand,shells,rope and real driftwood.
SCENTED CANDLES We will upcycle candles add colouring,aromatherapy scents,lavender and rosebuds and set in scallop and oyster shells 
DECOUPAGE  Using vintage prints of flowers,birds,butterflies ,stamps,graphic mags and broadway memorabilia we will upcycle a wine bottle for a candle holder or single stem vase or why not bring your own box, lamp base,vase
WESTPORT WINDCHIMES  using local shells ,sea glass,driftwood ,bells and wire you will make a fabulous momento using natural gathered pieces and we can even go and gather them first if you have time .A visit to a local charming beach to collect your treasures can be arranged prior to the workshop

To book call me 00353 858317894 or email [email protected]

My mantra is DO IT!

Transform a piece of furniture,paint it,reupholster,decoupage,or combine all three in a workshop and make a mess in my house not yours!.

It can take on a new lease of life.

Driftwood signs,decoupage bottles and upcycled scented candles are some of the workshops we get upto in the 2 hour Thursday lunchtime Craft,coffee and cake sessions at The Gallery brewery place Westport €10

Memory Maps  -  A fantastic and unique gift and fun to make!


Giggles and glitter to kick off your weekend with the girls.Something different for your special day.

I was so smitten with the Kirsty's Christmas Alice band that I made one for myself and thought that they would make the funkiest Hen Headresses .  So as my Granny always said "If you want to get ahead get a hat!"  You'll make a cool entrance flocking in like Carmen Miranda in your pompom, flower decked crowns - they look delicious enough to eat.I can suggest various venues in Westport or I can come to you with all the materials for you to create your own head dress ,sipping wine,bubble s,cocktails and glittering your faces. It takes about 2 hours so get in touch for a costing -starts from €30 per head

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Workshop Dates and Details

Easter Tree and Egg Craft Days

 This involves a morning making the Easter Tree and afternoon decorating lots of different eggs.You can choose whether to do one or both .It is great fun and  introduces you to lots of new craft skills. With a selection of beautiful ribbons ,beads,dyes ,paints ,glitter, tissues and paper you will learn how to blow and dye eggs, decoupage,and embellish .Lots of homemade scrummy refreshments using local ingredients to keep you going .

Roots Memory Maps

Unique framed Memory Maps. Create a cottage with 5 map balloons attached to the chimney (see pics above) or lucky shamrock with 3 locations - This is a really special personalised gift using vintage maps which represent your memorable locations or somebody elses. (Where you were born, proposed to, married, lived, favourite holiday destination)etc. You are personally guided through all the different stages to create something to be truly proud of. All materials and fabulous homemade welcome pastries and brunch. 10-2pm Places are limited to 8!

Vintage Furniture Restoration

Bring a chair, table, bedside cabinet to my workshop .Choose from a selection of vintage magazines and illustrations,sheet music  and paints. You will learn the technique of decoupage, distressing and basic upholstery, then enjoy a scrummy home made lunch and transform your individual piece. These workshops can be tailor made to suit your timings and budget with all materials provided .Price according to project undertaken.

Westport Windchime

 After a walk on a stunning local beach overlooking the islands of Clew Bay to collect your seaside treasures of shells, driftwood, and pebbles you will be brought back to the workshop for some reviving homemade refreshments .Then we will set to work weaving and wiring  bells and dried seaweed to make your magical Westport Windchime. Call for dates or to arrange your own private day to suit you .

Bunting and Button Pots

This lovely spring workshop is aimed to  decorate colourful pots and plant them with spring flowers ready to uplift your windowsills.You will hand paint them and decorate  with old buttons or miniature bunting ready for indoors or out . 2 hours including scrummy homemade refreshments .Pots ,materials and plants provided .

Jewellery Workshops

Estelle is experienced in all aspects of jewellery incorporating semi precious stones. From funky knitting with wooden spoons and silver wire to coiled slithers of connemara marble.Design and make your own necklace , earrings or bracelet .We can tailor make the designs so you go home with what you have been searching for .Just ask! am or pm worskshops to suit.  

Book your own workshop!  I can arrange workshops for children, for businesses, as a team building exercise and even for Hen Parties as a special feature of the weekend.  My groups are small and fun!  Call me to enquire: 00 353 (0)858317894 or 00 44 7974 139228 

Here are some suggestions:

Themed workshops for Easter, Christmas, Hen Parties, Westport Windchimes, An Post, Grown Ups Play Days, Memory Map Gift, Abstract Canvas, Nail Heart Splat and print, Children's Olaf Activities

Here's what some workshop guests have to say:

 'I felt thoroughly spoilt and inspired when I left. Time flew and I can't remember when I last laughed feeling so relaxed.'

 'I didn't know anyone and don't consider myself particularly creative.  Nicky was so relaxed and welcoming, I met some lovely new friends and was really very proud of what I created.  Lots of people commented on my Easter Tree when I got home.'

 'I'm definitely coming back and staying locally next time to make a weekend of it.  I learned so much.'

 'I was amazed that everything was included - our lunch was lovely and all hand prepared in front of us - so I felt like I was picking up cookery tips too.  A really wonderful day and right on my doorstep.'

 'Nicky had gone to so much trouble for the course, everything was prepared in advance and she gave us her undivided attention for the whole of the day.  It was friendly, easygoing and relaxing and I was thrilled with the results!'

Easter Trees

On a gorgeous spring morning a group of ladies arrived to make these fabulous Easter Trees.  While they enjoyed home made pastries and coffee, I demonstrated the techniques and then we went out into my garden to collect the branches.  We made our own leaves and wired them on to the branches, and painted eggs.  After lunch and a little glass of bubbles, we continued with our egg decorating and finished off our sensational show pieces!  Can't wait for the next workshop!

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