Meet the Irish Producer: Jam Art Factory
Popular with Irish people and visitors to Ireland, Jam Art Factory is the supplier of art, made in Ireland by Irish artists and designers, inspired by Ireland and its people.
With two stores in Dublin City, one near Christchurch and the other in Temple Bar, and a thriving online store, Jam Art Factory has become a mainstay of the Irish capital and the go-to team for the Irish art and design.
The IrishCentral’s Box is proud to present them as one of the producers of the new subscription box, delivered quarterly, bringing Ireland to the doorstep of our global community.
Despite 2020’s struggles with the COVID-19 pandemic, Jam Art Factory is thriving and its fun, vibrant and quirky Irish designs are spreading around the world.
IrishCentral was delighted to meet Jam Art Factory co-founder Mark Haybyrne to learn all about the company and how they pivoted and continued during the coronavirus outbreak.
How did Jam Art Factory start?
My brother John and I started Jam Art Factory in 2011, during the last recession, to introduce local art and design to Irish people and tourists. We noticed the huge amount of talent coming out of art schools and people selling in markets and we wanted to give them a place to sell their work.
I’ve always had an interest in art and exhibited my paintings and John was looking to start a business on his own, so we ended up joining forces to open Jam Art Factory in the space of about two or three weeks, when a perfect location in the Iveagh Trust buildings, in Dublin’s historic Freedoms district became available. It all happened pretty quickly!
Who is behind Jam Art Factory and how does it continue to function?
There are currently six people working in the stores throughout the week, whom we have been fortunate enough to be able to keep employed throughout this crazy year. They would normally welcome customers from Ireland and around the world, but that has changed a lot recently due to COVID.
Recently they have been focusing on sales from the website and trying to get more people to it.
Our two stores rely on tourists and the Irish to keep them open and pay the rent. Tourists have been non-existent this year and the Irish have been reluctant to come to the city center as they have been advised to work from home. Dublin has become a ghost town, which is very sad to see …
We have also been placed in phase five lockdown so we can only work as an online business as non-essential stores have been forced to close. It’s incredibly difficult to have to shut down at what should be our busiest time of year, but it’s something that needs to be done to protect the most vulnerable in our society.
We look forward to a slightly more positive year next year and leave this year behind. Forward and up!
What makes the art of Jam Art Factory so special?
All of our pieces are made in Ireland by Irish artists and designers.
We mainly sell prints in many techniques – signed / limited editions, giclée, serigraphs, lithographs on our site jamartprints.com, but we also sell other pieces like Christmas decorations and felted animals, concrete planters and jewelry.
The prints are our main focus and they are usually inspired by Ireland and its people and all our quirks. They are illustrated in bright, bold and colorful forms.
Maxi Dublin’s prints are extremely popular. It focuses on places in Dublin that locals love such as pubs, neighborhoods and iconic buildings.
Pat Byrne’s prints are also very popular. He prints his work directly on the pages of old books that are typically over 100 years old.
We find many of our artists through local markets, college [university] end-of-year shows and social networks.
We’re constantly trying to find the next cool and upcoming designers.
What makes Jam Art Factory products uniquely Irish?
Everything is made and designed by Irish artists and designers. A lot of the pieces we have will only appeal to you if you like a joke or are a local, like the use of certain slang terms used in our prints and wooden Christmas decorations – gobshite, craic, diaper, Jaysus, Mary and Joseph, and our impression – “Feck it sure it’s great”.
How can our readers find Jam Art Factory products?
We have two sites – jamartprints.com selling prints and jamartfactory.com selling jewelry, ceramics, concrete planters, felt animals and Christmas decorations. Also in our two Dublin stores in Dublin city center.
The Jam Art Factory stores can be found at 64 Patrick Street, Dublin 8, and 14 Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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