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Colourful collaboration is just the Italian job for Louth designer Niamh Gillespie

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The two began chatting and soon started to hatch plans for an exciting collaboration that launches on

Their first collaboration is a collection of limited edition cushions that combine Tiding’s signature highly detailed, entrancing patterns with In Casa by Paboy’s immaculate construction and bold design.

“I absolutely loved working on this collaboration with Paboy,” says Niamh, who lives close to the coast at Dunany.

“Our connection on social media sparked the exciting prospect of merging my print design expertise with Paboy’s craftsmanship. Together, we aimed to create something distinctive – rich printed velvets adorned with high-quality Italian cotton ruffles to elegantly frame each piece. Flying to Naples for the photoshoot was a fantastic experience — working together in the studio and capturing our pieces against the vibrant backdrop of the city.”

Niamh built up 20 years of design experience, working with print masters like Paul Smith, Allexander McQueen and Liberty, in London before returning home to Ireland, launching her Tidings.ie range of silk scarves and prints.

She has won the ‘Irish Made Awards 2022’ and the Showcase’s ‘Best Product Award 2022’, and her beautiful creations are now stocked in leading stores in Dublin, London, Paris and New York.

This involves a lot of travel but she particularly enjoyed going to Naples recently to finally meet up with craftsman and designer Paboy Bojang.

Paboy began working in his uncle’s tailors, based in Serrekunda, when he was just thirteen years old. There he learned the basics of sewing and go a taste for fabrics and, colours and creation.

He later left his native country in search of a better life elsewhere, travelling across the desert and Mediterranean sea, arriving in Italy by the summer of 2015. After losing his job due to endlessly delayed paperwork, Paboy was frustrated at being unemployed in the midst of a pandemic lockdown.

He began making cushion covers using discarded fabric and an old sewing machine, drawing from inspirations of past and present, to create pieces with bold contrasts and striking prints crafted from locally sourced cotton. Soon after posting the cushions on Instagram they went ‘viral’, achieving international recognition and ending up in homes around the world.

Niamh was one of those who connected with him and they decided to collaborate on this special limited edition range of cushions which has been released in time for Valentine’s Day.

“It was very exciting to visit Naples to meet Paboy and to do the photoshoot. It’s a really vibrant busy city and it was great to visit his workshop.”

“Working on your own is quite isolating so it was nice to meet another creative and to share ideas with him. I loved collaborating with him on the cushions as we brought an extra special product to the market.”

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