Karen Harper - editor of Irish Craft Update

I’m Karen Harper, editor of NOTICEBOARD craft newsletter, Irish Jewellery Designer, teacher of Wire-work jewellery, Interior Designer, Mum and full time student at the school of Life!

Over the last three months I have been emailing NOTICEBOARD, a newsletter about fairs and exhibitions in Ireland, good suppliers and courses, to all the artists and crafts people that have crossed my path, and the
response has been fantastic.
NOTICEBOARD now has a fantastic network of like minded people who want to make the most of what is around them.

I hope to be able to keep it updated, fresh and informative, and also to make it interesting to read, humour always helps!

I invite anyone to send in adverts of their events, classes, supplies and just as long as its not too boring, it gets sent out with the next issue!
There are no costs involved so far.

You can join the mailing list by emailing me at karen.noticeboard@gmail.com

IrishCraftUpdate.com allows me to get updated craft information to all who need it. Blogging seems like the best choice to keep on top of things and reach a wider audience.

Since I am a craft person to the bone, the computer was a big hurdle and now that I have faced my fear, I realise that it is true, you get to know how to do things through practice.

Through the NOTICEBOARD I met Paul O Mahoney, proud owner of www.siopaeile.com

With the help and constant guidance from Paul O Mahoney I have now become a blogger. If it is a bit complicated, I get a personal video made to show me how to do something….his service is exceptional!

My next decision . what happens next….

NOTICEBOARD will continue since I can’t see how any of this would have happened without it!
Here it goes…it changed my life!
ha ha ha it really did. I have three small children and I am not able to do all the running around that I used to.

The reason I started all of this was that, with the way my life was heading, my priorities being at home, I realised that I couldn’t hold back from trying to help others to move forward with their own careers.

The NOTICEBOARD was my way of connecting anyone interested with the tools to help them in their lifetime goals.
Irishcraftupdate.com is my way of getting to the other people that I have not met yet! Also it will save me time since I can directly publish all the information, without having to send each issue to new people.

When starting off you need to know what is out there to help you, like the Craft Council of Ireland, Enterprise Boards, Guilds and Associations. I will be talking more about these in coming posts.

So what’s next?

Over the next couple of weeks I hope to cover all the topics that I have covered in NOTICEBOARD.

I feel it is best to speak from experience and with years in markets, commissioned work,
meeting with suppliers and other crafts people it is all about sharing experiences.

Please feel free to ask about any special subject, because if I don’t know there is always someone out there that will.

Looking forward to hearing your comments!

Happy reading and I will keep you posted with the Irish craft world in general.

Karen Harper

‘Life’s a picnic, and I’m starving’

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#1 admin on 09.11.07 at 2:02 pm

don’t be shy!

#2 Rebecca (author of Irish Craftworkers Good Life) on 09.11.07 at 2:51 pm

Hi Karen, congratulations on the launch of your new blog. I’ll add you to my blogroll and look forward to catching up with you. I wish you every success.

#3 Debbie on 09.11.07 at 5:34 pm

Hi Karen!Congratulations on getting going on the blog! After all the work you have put into NOTICEBOARD I think it’s terrific. You will reach a far bigger audience now, and will stimulate the craft industry in Ireland to move forward, just as you’ve been encouraging us all for months!!

#4 Ed P on 09.12.07 at 10:58 pm

Hi Karen, I just got the latest edition of Noticeboard. Superb as usual and thanks for putting it together. I’v added you onto my Blogroll on my new Blog at

When is the next Noticeboard coming out? Drop me a note or a comment on the blog and I’ll get something to you.

#5 Mairead on 09.13.07 at 11:37 am

Hi Karen:
what a great blog!! you have inspired me and I am now ready to be a blogger!! I love your little woman - does she dance?

#6 Ed P on 09.14.07 at 11:48 pm

Hi Karen

Thanks for adding me to your Links, you’re on mine too.

Don’t forget if the ‘outside the Box’ picture would be useful for your project jut let me know and it can be adjustd to suit you, up to a point.


#7 Finola Gilroy on 10.04.07 at 5:20 pm

Mrs Harper,I think I know your husband, Australian isn’t he? I have only recently got interested in crafts and I was wondering do you know where I would find out about Ostrich Egg Shell Painting? I have recently moved to Kerry, so somewhere local would be great.

#8 Michael on 10.23.07 at 9:59 pm

Hi Karen. The blog looks great. We’ll put up a link up from our site. Best of luck! Michael, DLR CEB.

#9 Terry Nova on 02.03.08 at 10:22 pm

I read your blog in a regular manner and just love it
hope there will be more postings from you, keep on going
greetz, terry

#10 Karen on 07.18.08 at 12:02 am

just read this post….how funny and so much has happened since I started. I could have sat in front of the tv with the 3 girls eating myself into old age. Just shows what you can get up to to keep yourself amused!

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#12 shane on 12.11.09 at 11:17 am


thanks for this interesting blog and for getting the local craft ind in Ireland moving.

keep up grt work


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#14 Steven Kelly on 12.20.10 at 10:00 pm

Hi, we have just set up a small company selling our wares, ye we are mad setting up in a new business in the biggest recession ever in this country, but we have to try, we were all set to do our first fair on Fri and Sat last but got snowed in and could not make it, i was looking forward to the market research and the reaction to our goods, i would appreciate your comments and tips, i build the site myself and i have still to put our latest commission piece Laurel & Hardy up on it. Many thanks Steven Kelly

#15 Karen on 12.21.10 at 5:12 pm

Thanks for the comment Steven, I will email you some information now that I hope will be useful ad also help you to be found by Google and customers.

If you are starting up you can check out one of my other websites http://www.startyourowncraftbusiness.com
or have a one to one session to help you on your way to being a successful business. Karen 0868885321

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