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04th Apr 2017

9 Gorge Bits You Can Pick Up In April And The Bear Right Now

Alana Laverty

Dublin boasts some of the best bits ‘n’ bob shops in Ireland. 

Because if we know anything, it’s that we Irish love ‘stuff’. 

From Designist and Tiger to Article and Stock – we could spend all of our wages on thing we’ve never needed. 

And we just happen to want everything from April and the Bear — Temple Bar’s new lifestyle and design shop that we told you about last weekend. 

Here’s the best of what’s currently in stock:

Cake Crusader by Jimboart €29

Plate don’t get much cooler than this. 

This ceramic collection features a whimsical and endearing cast of eccentric animals on plates. Each illustration in the collection is created by artist James Ward and screen printed onto a plate. 

The perfect gift. 

April And The Bear Cake Crusader Plate 29Euro

Vintage board €60

Think of all the shite you could write on this. 

April and the Bear founder, Siobhan, has been searching far and wide for these boards for ages, and is now selling them in store!

Each board is framed with a beautiful gold frame and comes with white letters for you to spell out gas things to your hearts content! Ideal for writing lil notes to your housemates/family or for writing your fave quote on. 

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The Pancake Badger €29 

Same cute ceramic brand as above but featuring a different animal <3 

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‘Ah here’ print — from €20

Like much Irish lingo, ‘ah here’ has many meanings depending on the situation and the speaker’s inclination. 

This was designed with a definite ‘stop your messin’ vibe but is completely open to interpretation.

These humorous and affordable prints poke fun at human nature and the condition of Irish society today. The typographical prints are all designed in house specifically for April and the Bear and are available in both A4 and A3 size.

Designed and printed in Dublin they make for a funny and unique gift, especially for Irish friends and family overseas.

We’re buying one ASAP. 

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Jellyfish Art Print — €50

This art print by Scottish artist Daniel Seex features three white jellyfish on a dark grey palette. Seex created the moody piece by pooling water on mount board then added a thin ink solution and drops of ink. He then scanned the printed blobs on different sheets of paper and drew over with pencil, then came some photoshop jiggery pokery and pow, jellyfish prints.

Daniel works primarily in pen and ink adding colour and texture digitally and often building a picture from multiple works. This allows his work to have a flexibility that is useful when it come to illustration. He has a taste for surrealism and deadpan humour. Sure, don’t we all. 

It would look pretty epic on your wall — just saying.

April And The Bear Orange Jellyfish Print 50€

Cactus Cushion — €36

Anything cactus-related and we’re there with bells on. 

How CUUUUTE would this look on your bed, or on your couch or just about anywhere in this gaff? 

This tropical cushion measures 40 x 40cm and is made from cotton – an ideal addition to your life. 

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Pug Cushion — €38

A pug. On a Cushion. A pug cushion!

Siobhan first stumbled across these unique cushions in München. At the time, sher was on a scarf-buying trip and spotted these animal-inspired cushions in the very slick office of the head designer. She adored them and became utterly obsessed with finding them.

And find them she did!

These animal-inspired cushions are made from organic cotton and come from Brooklyn designer Ross Menuez who was inspired by Victorian shaped pillows and based his graphics on the first mass produced images of animals from 19th century illustrations.

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Porcelain Cactus — €18 euro 

With Summer just around the corner, it’s time to introduce some fun, tropical vibes into the home, and what better way to do that than with porcelain cacti? 

The subtle shade means that this piece will work into any interior scheme with ease and the sweet, tubby design screams fun.

Super, duper dreamy. 

April And The Bear White Cactus 18Euro

Matty Dog Art Print — €45

Illustration doesn’t really get much cuter than. 

Those colours. Perfection. 

This cute print features Matty, a sweet bulldog in a wee geansaí. 

Created by talented Irish artist, Claudine O’ Sullivan, of Portmarnock. 

Claudine favours traditional art techniques and her style balances realistic form and abstract colour. As a city based nature lover Claudine is constantly influenced by the delicacies of the natural world and the graphic visuals of her urban landscape. 

Each super quality A3 print is signed by the artist. 


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We want it all. 

If you can’t make it into April and the Bear (Cows Lane, Temple Bar) then check out their online store here, and their very aesthetically pleasing Insta here

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