Tuesday, 4 June 2013

The Lead Mines

Revelling in the Bank Holiday sunshine and post-exam bliss we journeyed out to one of our favourite forgotten landmarks-The Ballycorus Leadmines. Opened in 1807 and operating until 1913, the site was a former lead and silver mining and smelting centre. The most distinctive surviving remnant of the site is the ruin of the flue chimney that lies close to the summit of Carrickgollogan hill. Photographic records show that the flue chimney was originally much taller with an extra brick section, now dismantled. It is the only example of such a flue and chimney to have been built in Ireland. 

The land around the chimney is owned by the State forestry company Coillte and managed by the Dublin Mountains Partnership. The top third of the chimney has been removed as it was deemed unsafe as has the lower section of the external stairs. In addition, a number of buildings from the smelting works situated in the valley below also survive to the present day. These industrial buildings, all built from granite, include furnaces, purification tanks, lime kilns, stores, workers' cottages and the manager's house. Many of these buildings are now private residences while the smelter site itself is now a solvent factory.  The former mill pond is now part of a concrete plant.

The distinctive granite flue chimney with its external spiral staircase was the perfect spot for dressing up in the innovative collection from 'We are islanders'. We are islanders is an exciting new design label from Rosie O'Reilly and Kate Nolan based in Dublin, Ireland. Produced locally using only sustainable materials, this fashion label refuses to compromise on style and quality while remaining dedicated to better practice.  From organic and fair trade cotton and reclaimed factory remnants to non-violent silks, Irish wools and organic salmon leather the materials used have been chosen for their luxurious qualities combined with their minimal negative social, environmental and humanitarian impact. All prints are hand-drawn illustrations and are screen printed by hand in Dublin using non-toxic dyes. 

The result of a continuing examination of what it means to live on the island of Ireland or any island – this globe included – We Are Islanders looks to reflect the necessity to look outward, not inward and to challenge accepted norms.Here at concrete collar we admired their ethical approach to fashion and keeping things home-grown!

All photography and styling is our own.

Becky wears:
wool trousers
wool Bomber
wlack Bralet
asos cuff rings
wildflower wreath made on site

Ciana wears:
printed silk scarf (styled as turban)

cream jersey dress with salmon leather detailing
organic salmon leather skin (styled as crown)

orange wool scarf (styled as head-wrap)

leather fringe jacket from shutterbug

all available from The Loft at Powerscourt Town Centre
also check out:http://weareislanders.com

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1 comment:

  1. The usual "Tour de force " we have come to expect from your blog . the natural fibres and salmon skin perfectly offset by the Summer gorse flowers and Wicklow granite of the chosen location . Keep it coming , it's always a pleasure to view it .