Welcome to Outcrop.
We are a small family business run by husband and wife team, Aran and Maeve Pudney. We both have very different strengths and weaknesses but we both share a passion for sustainable design and creativity. We are always pottering away on something new in the background.
Our mapping business started a good few years ago now, in our second home, Wellington, New Zealand. Bringing our business back to Maeve's hometown Sligo has not been without its challenges, however we are constantly rewarded by the positive responses we get to our art maps. Our aim has always been to make really good products that will be bring their owners joy and be cherished for a long time. Our workshop in Branley's Yard is the creative space we always wished for, pop by for a chat if you are in the area. Having our own business has always been about a certain kind of freedom for us. Freedom to work at hours that fit in with our young family. Freedom to make when we're feeling creative and freedom to go out for a walk when the sun's out. Over the years our mapping skills have improved and our commitment to the environment and business as a means for good has become one of our core values. We have lots to share in the coming months, if we pull off the half of it we will be happy out.
Browse through our journal to see our recent designs
Why should a small business put in the effort to consider the planet? Well why not, everyday we make choices that affect the planet and our future, whether we think about them or not. As the effects of global pollution start to show themselves both businesses and consumers are becoming more aware of how they can make better choices. Together we can all make a difference. Read more about how we minimise our impact on the planet
Read about our green practices
We design and make all of our artworks right here in our workshop in Rathcormack, Sligo. We focus on using the latest technology combined with hand finishing process to create the highest quality products.
Meet The Makers
A structural engineer by trade, Maeve's problem solving skills and project management abilities means she's in charge of the business side of things, as well as all things marketing and the website. She loves a new challenge and the flexibility of being her own boss. You will also find her getting her hands dirty painting our signature blue stain in the workshop.
Her favourite place is in the world is North Sligo, with its sandy beaches and towering mountains. We are now lucky enough to see Benbulben out of our window, but a reminder of her other favourite place where we used to live, Lyall Bay is proudly displayed in our kitchen.
Aran is the creative force behind all our designs. A designer by trade, his background in mass production has allowed us to develop ways to both design and make our artworks in Ireland with much of the focus spent on the finishing process to achieve the high quality result we are known for.
His favourite place in the world is The Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand where his family had a holiday house and all his summers were spent growing up. A medium size map of The Marlborough Sounds hangs in his sitting room, complete with the local nicknames for all his favourite hangouts.