All over the island we find drystone walls, marking boundaries, fields and roadways. If you look closely you can marvel at the skill, strength, time and ingenuity that went into each one. Drystone walling are walls built entirely without mortar or concrete. They are, as a result, living, breathing places, habitats for flora and fauna, where birds shelter and insects build their intricate homes. Built with local, low-carbon recyclable material, they act as long-term weatherproof protection. We must remember to spare a thought and thanks to the makers! These walls are a beautiful sight in our countryside.
Each province has its own style due to the particular nature of the local stone, but it takes a fine eye to recognise this kind of work. Check out the wonderful work of the DSWAI (www.dswai.ie), a group of volunteer stonemasons and interested folk who promote the awareness of stone building. They do courses too, so you’ll find us there one of these days!
Stone walls have long been used by artists to portray aspects of life difficult to describe, from Robert Frost's Mending Walls to acclaimed Irish-American artist Sean Scully's book Walls of Aran. The book features his own photographs of the ancient dry stone walls of the Aran islands, a place he has revisited many times. The photographs have a strong affinity with Scully's paintings for which he is best known. Scully says, 'these walls are silent. And yet this sculpture is like the music of this place: austere and elemental ...'
The Ultra Skinny 10 x 200cm
The Skinny 20 x 200cm
The Single Large 75 x 150cm
The Double Long 30 x 200cm
The Travel Mask:
At this time we only produce in 1 size, Medium. Currently, we are NOT able to produce in Large due to production limitations during the COVID-19 lockdown. These are adult sizes only. We do not currently make masks for children.
We recommended mask size selection dimensions based on average face ratios. A women’s faces tends to be smaller than a man’s face so typically women will require a Medium and men will require a Large. We do recommend you check the size required by following our measuring guide below before ordering.
The dimensions of The Travel Mask are -
Medium: 23.5cm wide and 12.5cm high
Large: 26.5cm wide x 14.5cm high
So to select your size use this guide - with a measuring tape, measure the distance across the middle of your face over the tip of your nose to within 2cm from each ear. Next measure the distance between your chin to the bridge of your nose.
For Medium Travel masks -
Cross face measurements will be between 25cm and 28cm. Chin to the bridge of nose measurements will be between 10cm and 13cm.
For Large Travel Masks -
Cross face measurements will be between 28cm and 31cm. Chin to the bridge of nose measurements will be between 13cm and 16cm.