Award-winning Irish designer Susannagh Grogan creates printed silk scarves that combine traditional craftmanship with a modern edge. Having learnt her craft at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, Susannagh launched her own label in 2009, using a variety of print design techniques to create her signature printed silk scarves.
“Christmas Eve isn’t Christmas without hanging a stocking at the end of the bed, and I have fond memories of me as a child doing it.”
A gift you received as a child that stands out in your memory?
An actual pony! I was brought up on a farm in Wexford so spent a lot of time outside and on ponies.
Any objects you particularly associate with Christmas Eve rituals?
Usually the extended family is travelling to all be together so it tends to be a mellow night waiting for everyone to arrive. The lights on the tree is on, candles are burning and roaring fires are lit. Christmas Eve isn’t Christmas without hanging a stocking at the end of the bed, and I have fond memories of me as a child doing it and now enjoy mine doing the same.
Did your family pass on any Christmas traditions to you?
The children open their stockings really early, we always go to Church in the morning, and have a fabulous Christmas lunch usually cooked by my Mother and my Sister (I am the general helper!) The bravest go for a swim in the sea, then we all sit around opening presents, singing and being silly, just enjoying being together but missing my brother and his family in USA.
What are the most valued items in your home, and why?
My paternal grandmothers desk. An inkwell inscribed with 'Darcy' a gift from my maternal grandmother to my grandfather, her husband. Also, my son’s memory box with little mementos from his first year.