My studio work and educational projects are informed by sustainability and the celebration of our natural world. Yet it is through the psychological concepts and historical practices of working with cloth manipulation that I can narrate and tell stories. My work stems from exploration into my family tree and my ancient heritage.
Drawing on Quaker ethos and personal values, this work is heavily based on slow everyday acts of life and appreciation for all of ‘God’s’ creations on Earth. Through extensive research into the history and values of the Quakers I have found myself drawn to and actively engaged in 'slow living' informed by inherited practices.
I have access to native Irish plants, and I work with the seasons to harvest natural dyes, scientifically alter the pH level and colour, spin yarn, and weave from what grows in my garden. Deriving from this practice, I have also been inspired to make bio-plastic alternatives to unsustainable plastic buttons and cutlery, using a range of ingredients with seaweed. My local landscape not only supplies natural resources, it draws on my own heritage and ancestral practices as starting points for reference in all of my work.
Rockford Manor, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
Educate Together Secondary School Wicklow, Wicklow Town, Co. Wicklow
Festina Lente, Bray, Co. Wicklow