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Skibbereen artist Lily's print is gifted to ‘Luke Skywalker'

April 4th, 2018 11:50 AM

By Siobhan Cronin

Ryan Tubridy holding up the pocket square gifted to Mark Hamill on The Late Late Show recently, featuring Lily Corcoran's ‘Ireland in Bloom' design.

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A WEST Cork designer was thrilled to see one of her own designs being presented to ‘Luke Skywalker’ himself – actor Mark Hamill – by RTÉ’s Ryan Tubridy recently.

Lily Corcoran, a designer and illustrator from Skibbereen, works under the name ‘Petal to Petal’ and creates beautiful and delicate illustrations which are then transferred to paper goods and homeware.

In 2016, a new Dublin company called ‘Mr Jenks’ reached out on Instagram to license her ‘Ireland in Bloom’ image. They wanted to print it on Italian silk pocket squares. When the Star Wars actor was in Dublin recently, he was gifted one of these stunning squares – bearing Lily’s design of an outline of Ireland with tiny flowers – by presenter Ryan Tubridy.

It came as a complete surprise to Lily, and also to Mr Jenks!

The pocket squares are available from www.mrjenks.com and the ‘Ireland in Bloom’ limited edition print is available from Lily’s website www.petaltopetal.com. 

Lily’s work will also soon be available locally at the new West Cork Crafts shop which opens on March 31st on Bridge Street in Skibbereen.

Lily’s detailed and distinctive illustrations can be seen on paper goods and homeware and are stocked in shops and galleries nationwide, including the new Doswell Gallery shop in Rosscarbery. 

Mark Hamill spent some time in West Cork in May 2016 during the filming of Star Wars: Episode VIII – parts of which were filmed on Brow Head near Crookhaven village.

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