The Little Christmas Workshop: These Rothco Creative Minds Don’t Stop at Their Day Jobs
In the spirit of giving this Christmas, Irish creative agency, Rothco, part of Accenture Interactive, has opened up ‘Our Little Workshop’, a charity store at their agency building in Smithfield, Dublin. They’re offering an array of unique gifts created by the agency’s own pool of talented employees.
A percentage of all sales will go towards Focus Ireland, a wonderful charity supporting those who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes across Ireland. Ranging from art prints and 3D printed jewellery to children’s books and knitted toys, the team are certainly multi-talented. They come together to chat to LBB about the crafts and passions they have outside of their day jobs...
How Will Santa Find Us? by Stephen Rogers, Creative Director, & Jessica Derby, Executive Producer
Steven Rogers says: “The idea for the book was sparked back in August 2018, when a photo of a young homeless family sleeping in a Garda station was shared on social media. It was a devastating image to see and it got myself and co-author Shane O’Brien (creative director at BBDO) talking about the growing issue of child homelessness in Ireland and if there was any way we could bring creativity to the problem, in some small way, to help.
Children’s bedtime stories are a powerful way to teach children and parents about difficult issues, so we decided that this would be the best approach. The book tells the story of a family who become homeless the week before Christmas to try and move the conversation about homelessness to a place of empathy by gently placing a child in the shoes of someone who is homeless.
Our friend, Bren Byrne (creative partner at McCann Dublin), suggested we get a different illustrator for each page of the story and put us in touch. Younger children will love the bright, colourful and imaginative illustrations and older children will love reading the beautiful rhyme and playing the little game we have included at the end of the book.
The last piece of the jigsaw was Jess, Executive Producer at Rothco, who has collaborated with myself and Shane on similar side projects before. We asked her to help us make our little story a reality and thankfully she said yes.”
How Will Santa Find Us? was created in sole aid of the Focus Ireland charity. Please visit here for more information.
I CAN I DO Jumpers by Zara Flynn, Managing Partner
“My limited edition knits are crafted in Italy from 100 per cent cashmere to give women a comforting, luxurious feeling as a constant reminder to always be kind to themselves. The backbone is emblazoned with the slogan, I CAN I DO, and comes in three shades: The Mags in moonlight grey, named after a girl boss I work with; The CiCi in schoolgirl grey, named after my inspirational daughter; and The Emma in pitch black, named after my oldest friend.
The design was born out of a time in my career when I doubted myself and my achievements. According to a study by Bain & Co, women enter the workforce motivated and driven but over time, their aspiration levels drop by more than 60 per cent, while men’s remain constant. After two years, 34 per cent of men are still aiming for top management positions, but only 16 per cent of women are. Seeing this and knowing how I felt at the time made me want to do something about it.
I CAN I DO is a reminder to every woman who has ever felt self-doubt, that she’s got this. It’s a reminder to be gentle on yourself; to acknowledge the role you play in being the backbone of your family’s lives; and to remember how awesome you really are.”
Prints by Sona Harrison, UX Designer
“Having studied fine art as my undergrad before moving into working in design, I started to miss the freedom of drawing and painting, so a few years ago some friends and I started an art collective to encourage each other to start making our own work again. The prints I have in the Workshop are based on a series I’ve been working on for the last year called Escape.
I tend to draw either imaginary or personal spaces, so am very inspired by my friends, travel and general observations. I love working with Posca paint markers as they are easier to work with than paint but offer the same results. And the colours are amazing!”