Irish Woven Lambswool and Handwoven Tartan Wool Scarves

Welcome to Penguin Designs! This is a place where you can learn a bit of the history of Irish Antarctic Explorers and the tartans created in their Honor. Learn their stories and marvel at the courage and fortitude it took to brave a cold and hostile environment in wooden boats and seal skin clothing. Then learn the story of the creation of the Edward Bransfield Commemorative Tartan and the scarves that are offered here.I am the weaver who designed the tartan that honors Edward Bransfield, the Irishman who was the first to see, map and chart the 7th Continent. Here you will meet others who joined me in the journey from idea to tartan to scarf. This is an unusual website about unusual people. Enjoy the ride as we grow. Follow Penguin Designs as we offer new products and designs to honor other Irish explorers who followed in Edward Bransfield’s footsteps.

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I was lucky enough to meet Gael on a trip to Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands. We had such a wonderful expedition to one of the world’s most remote and wildest places. I was recently gifted this beautiful tartan by our polar historian, Ingrid Nixon, who was with us on that same trip. I absolutely love it, and it makes me think of my many fond memories while visiting the Antarctic Peninsula, and the brave polar explorers such as Bransfield who came before us. What a wonderful gift! Thank you, Gael! Cheers to you, and to experiences that change us forever!

Kelsey Simmons