Dress For Success: Cork Charity Helping Women out of Unemployment

by Kaia Purcell While we all seem to be trying our best to navigate through the adversities and challenges we face in today’s climate, the truth is that every one of us needs a helping hand at times. For those facing unemployment and job losses in a time of global upheaval and a turbulent climate […]

Five Sustainable Beauty Swaps to Change Up your Self-Care Routine

by Grace Claro Let’s face it, sometimes being a responsible consumer can be hard. It can seem like every bottle of shower gel and shampoo is promoting its eco-friendly attributes. From “recyclable packaging” to “palm free,” to “plant-based cleansers,” cosmetics companies are using the language of sustainability as an attractive sales stimuli. But how can […]

Cork’s Built Environment: Old vs. New

Photography by Emma Price Words by Grace Claro Photographer Emma Price presents a visual narrative that captures the disparities within Cork’s built environment.  In recent years a building boom has been taking place in Cork City.  Developments like the €160 million Horgan’s Quay site and the complex on Albert Quay, a €58 million project completed […]

Necessary Accessory: Fashioning Protective Measures

When we thought that the turbulent, farfetched whirlwind (otherwise known as the first six months of 2020) could not become any more unpredictable, we now find ourselves adapting our wardrobes for the new norms of the world.  Its arrival in 2020 was one borne out of necessity, with the mandating of masks in situations where […]

Can History Offer Us the Key to Sustainable Fashion?

Can History Offer Us the Key to Sustainable Fashion? Motley’s Grace Claro examines the nexus of historical fashion practices and the need for their implementation today to tackle the climate emergency. A by-word for overconsumption, pollution and waste, fashion in the 21st century has a lot to answer for. Consumers are overburdened with a tsunami […]

Grace ClaroFashion Feature: Interview with The Silver Loom

“Rather than using the term ‘sustainability’ as a catch-all, the Silver Loom duo are bound to their principles as responsible producers.” Grace Claro interviews Cork designers The Silver Loom following the virtual launch of their artisan silver jewellery collections in June.  Amidst the chaos of our current pandemic experience, Cork-based jewellery design studio The Silver […]