“As a kid I loved hanging out in Dad’s workshop in Parnell. He had a business called Pico Productions, making beautiful wooden furniture. There was dust everywhere and the place smelled of glue, but it was cool mucking around making things like stilts.
“Bridie rang me one day after a furniture fair and was a bit down. She hadn’t sold anything and it’d been expensive to exhibit. I thought, ‘Oh God, what do I say?’I told her she was learning lots and to keep going because I knew she’d crack it. ‘It’s costing less than doing a marketing degree and you’re getting real experience!’ I told her.
Photos: In New York by J.D. Durrans