Working from my garden studio in Kells, County Meath I create designs for screen and digital print. I take inspiration from my surrounding landscape and from the history of Kells, my home town.
Often to be found foraging in the hedgerows, I bring home wild flowers, weeds and ferns to generate drawings and watercolour paintings for later design work. Otherwise I can be found wandering the monastic site sketching the monuments and the beautiful patterns from the high crosses, examining ancient stonework and pondering the ancient skills of Celtic knotwork and illumination. In my current work these two interests have come together to create wall art printed on Irish linen, in two collections, 'Look of Kells' and 'Celtic Zen'.
I was thrilled to win the RDS Muriel Gahan award for Emergent Maker 2017 for this piece (right) entitled Celtic Zen I, a table runner made with a length of natural (undyed) Irish linen. Hand screen printed with white pigment and metallic fabric dyes it reflects a narrative of natural life cycles and place making.
This series emphasises a mood of simplicity and calm, bringing traditional concepts and imagery to the contemporary space.