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Suzanne Cubbon - Presence of Man

 

 

Her keen eye for pretty and uniquely Manx goods brings a new flavour to the offerings traditionally found at Laxey Woollen Mills and she has a ready smile for visitors when they call into Presence of Mann up the stairs, next to the CrafTea Weaver Tearoom. Specialising in local books, cards and locally commissioned Manx gifts, the shop is an important addition to the mill complex. 

Suzanne herself has written two books. She doesn't consider herself to be an artisan as such because her books, and now her own products, seem to "happen by accident". 

Her first book (now out of print), came about when producing a new menu for the Mines Tavern in Laxey, a little bit of history about the Inn on the back of the menu seemed like a good idea. After doing some research at the Manx Museum to find out about the history of this establishment, digging up the information became addictive and this led to collecting lots of information along the way of other pubs on the island. A friend and publisher persuaded her to keep up the research. The result being a charming book called "Manx Inns, A Pub Crawl Through History". 

The same friend who had persuaded Suzanne to do the pub book, introduced her to a man from the forestry board who had lots of information and old postcards of the glens on the IOM and so the second self-published book came about called: "Manx Glens, a Stroll Through History". This is on sale in Suzanne's own shop and at Mostly Manx. 

One of the ranges of stock that Suzanne is particularly proud of is the glassware produced in collaboration with her friend, the well-respected Manx artist, Julia Ashby Smyth. The design is a Celtic link chain but hidden in it are 3 legs and the words Ellan Vannin meaning Isle of Man. The complete range of this glassware is available to view at her shop or www.presenceofmann.com and can be collected from either Laxey Woollen Mills or Mostly Manx.

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