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Jam Art Factory: Dublin’s Local Art Hotspot

Photo: Dublin Town

While all the tourists were cruising past St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, my attentions were focused around the corner. Jam Art Factory is a funky indie shop and gallery space that sells photos, toys, paintings, sculptures, handmade cards and postcards — all by local contemporary artists in Ireland. While I highly encourage shopping locally, I found that Jam Art was an excellent place to pick up “anti-souvenirs,” the worldly tokens of my travels that stray far from cheesy magnets.

I’m pretty sure that they named Jam Art Factory for the amount of cool artistic goodies that they managed to jam into a tiny storefront. Jewelry counters, paper goods, wall art, and 3D sculptures make the space a well-rounded shopping experience. If the name doesn’t have anything to do with that feature, then I’m stumped. Practically the only product I didn’t spy in the shop was jelly/jam.

Mass-produced tourist-y postcards have their place, but they are definitely not always perfect for framing, scrapbooking, or creating trip memories from. Instead of buying photos of the monuments and landmarks that I was already photographing myself, I decided to pick up some fun artists’ interpretations of the places. Check out my purchases:

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St. Nicholas Digital Print by Shane O’Connor

Futuristic fun makes this Shane O’Connor digital print of Dublin seem as other-worldly and magical as it did to me the first time that I walked through the streets. How did I miss the moonlit jellyfish floating past St. Nicholas?!

Ha'Penny Bridge, Dublin by Kate Bragan

Ha’Penny Bridge, Dublin by Kate Bragan

Crossing the Ha’Penny Bridge is a total must in terms of Dublin sightseeing, but I think this drawing by Kate Bragan is an ultra awesome way to commemorate it. This is technically a note card, but I will be framing mine as the fine work of art that it is!

Either of these prints would be great for sending, gifting, or receiving — three must-haves when you’re shopping for travel trinkets. I could have spent all day inside the Jam Art shop, perusing the different artworks and jewelry designs. The inviting atmosphere of the store made me spend quite a bit of my sightseeing time in the shop — but believe me, it was no time wasted.

If you go, Jam Art Factory is located at 64-65 Patrick Street, Iveagh Buildings, Dublin 8.

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About Kristine Kowalski

Editor-in-Chief Kristine is 25 and lives with her parents in the fabulously tan New Jersey. She writes all about teen celeb fashion and beauty as the Web Editor of TwistMagazine.com. She has previously worked fashion and accessories at Lifestyle Mirror, the beauty closets of Marie Claire and Seventeen, and wrote about celebrity babies as HollyBaby Editor of HollywoodLife.com. Clinton Kelly told her she looked fabulous - twice. When not quoting Tolstoy or catching up on her Twitter feed, she can be found watching iCarly or perusing the clearance racks at Bloomingdales.

One comment on “Jam Art Factory: Dublin’s Local Art Hotspot

  1. These are too cute for words!

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