13 September 2010
I just recently got back from a fascinating trip to the tranquil Lapua, in Finland. Travelling as a Textile Designer/Maker to become part of a team leading a costume making workshop in the Cultural Centre Vanha Paukku. As an Irish facilitator in Finland, I was to show how to make, rather than tell. Despite the class being kids from 11-14 years, their English was super and far better than my Finnish! The purpose of the trip was to create a bit of extra interest and an alternative language experience for those attending the workshop, but obviously my ears pricked up when I heard it would be in Finland! It was a great oppurtunity for me to soak up some Finnish design, lifestyle, history and landscape...a trip I'm going to glean inspiration from for years to come.I'll post quite a few pictures...i know how much some of you love the Scandinavian Design!
13 July 2010
On a recent browse of the Sea-Front shops I came across these little pieces of textile heaven, everything seems to be so dainty from 'way-back-when...' I'm not sure if they're for the corners of your blouse or the edges of table cloths or as coasters for your glass of ginger beer?! Either way, I wanted to share them with you... hand painted and so pretty ...sigh : )
19 June 2010
16 June 2010
Recently I've been trying to remember the little characters I meet in my dreams and draw them as closely as I can, I've given these folk a few dream clouds of their own! Apparently if you lie very still as you wake up you'll somehow remember your dreams more clearly...so they say. I think you're just a vivid dreamer or you're not...if you're not, then dream of breakfast at least!
You know, sometimes I wake up exhausted from hanging out with these little creeps all night...x
4 May 2010
Nothing like a good old exhibition submission to get you off your laurels and spark nimble fingers...these three pieces are now in the spaceCRAFT gallery and shop in Belfast, run by the Craft & Design Collective. I've been trying to focus on using as many re-claimed materials as possible, it is a little harder to work with at times...but I can't be short of a challenge or two, so it's a great way to work for me. Somehow once May comes about, I'm a whole lot more industrious...it must be the Cherry Blossoms.
So in the spirit of things, find some junk to make beautiful today : )