If you're not into the whole inflatable leprechauns and plastic shamrock festivities that tend to accompany our national holiday, but still want to get involved in the celebration of being Irish, there are lots of design events happening as part of the St Patrick's Festival this year.

We've joined forces with St. Patrick’s Festival to re-imagine public spaces in our capital city as part of I Love My City. Taking the theme of the 2015 parade – Celebrate Now – as inspiration, these exciting collaborations aim to interrupt your everyday experience of Dublin and inspire you to take a moment to think about the city differently, or look at it from a new perspective. 

From tomorrow, Saturday 14th, until Tuesday 17th, Reflect Yourself will be happening in the grounds of the ID2015 Design Hub at Dublin Castle. Created by Barry Sheehan – Head of Design at the Dublin Institute of Technology, along with furniture design students, Richard May and Tomas Barisauskas, Reflect Yourself  is a giant mirror that provides a snapshot in time, reflecting only the here and now. This thought-provoking, outdoor installation explores what specifically prevents us from reflecting on the past or wondering about the future.

Also running from Saturday 14th until Tuesday 17th is What If Dublin.... Started by a small, anonymous collective of young architects, designers and urban researchers, What If Dublin... re-imagines the public spaces of the city, encouraging us to engage with our surroundings, open up debate on how we use our public realm and explore what futures we might be able to imagine for these often unused spaces. In collaboration with the Irish Architecture Foundation and ID2015, What If Dublin... will pop up in five city centre locations: Kevin Street, Moore Street, Liffey North Quays, Smithfield Fruit and Vegetable Market and Abbey Street with displays of the group’s proposed futures for the five sites. Join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #WhatIfDublin and tweeting your ideas for improving the city to @what_if_dublin.

In the ID2015 Design Hub throughout the long weekend, get involved in a Drop-In Design Challenge and put your design thinking and making skills to the test. In the Making, curated by Barber & Osgerby for Design Musuem, London, is in its final days and will be closing on the 17th, so make sure you visit this fascinating exploration of how familiar objects from the marble to the Macbook are designed and produced. 

On Saturday from 10.30 to 1pm leather and textile designer Gabi McGrath will lead a Family Day Design Workshop to design and make your own sliotar inspired textile balls. Places are limited so to book email: designhub@IrishDesign2015.ie.

Also happening around town is a talk in the Gallery of Photography at 1pm on Saturday between photographer Linda Brownlee and stylist and fashion curator Aisling Farinella, as part of the Resonate Irish fashion photography exhibition. In the National Library, there's an exhibition on the life and work of WB Yeats, from the 14th until the 16th. 

In Co. Clare, the Local Design Hero project continues with a sculpture session for kids, inspired by John Holland, father of the modern submarine, while in Kilkenny, designer Orla Reynolds looks forward to a fun workshop introducing the magic of set design at the ID2015 Kilkenny Design Hub at the National Craft Gallery.



Words by Alex Calder.

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