Saturday, 27 August 2016

Mixed Media with Encaustic

These are works created on wooden panels and some scrap wood - fabric with stitch and encaustic :

100 Years of Heritage - Exhibition

An exhibition is taking place at Listoke in Drogheda of work by members of Louth Craftmark - on until 30 September.  These works below are on display there :

This is made from Irish linen dyed with avocado, turmeric, tea and coffee then waxed.

Linen and silk on panel with encaustic

Tuesday, 26 July 2016


I'm delighted this piece of work has been chosen to be exhibited in CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery from the 3rd - 27th August with Cork Textiles Network.  The theme of the exhibition is 'Play' and I have used noughts and crosses as my inspiration.  The work is discharged linen and saffron dyed linen with rust which has been stitched pojagi style and waxed.  This is the work before it has been buffed and a further coat of wax added.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Natural Dyeing Follow Up

Here are the results made with the fabrics dyed with avocado, really liking the combination together, more to follow .......

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Encaustic Wax

I have just finished a 4 week course with Joanna Kidney at her Outpost Studios in Bray experimenting with encaustic wax.  Lots more to learn and more experimenting with how to work it into my fabric pieces but it was very enjoyable.  Joanna has great patience and was very informative and giving - definitely a worthwhile workshop.  Here are some images :

and this one is avocado and saffron dyed linen with wax - pojagi style - probably my favourite:  

Natural Dyeing

I have been dyeing with avocado, saffron, turmeric, tea and coffee over the past weeks and getting some wonderful results with different fabrics, here are a some of them :

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Linen and Paint

Here are some new works as part of a series I am working on with Ceangailte.  The first is  rust dyed linen with print, stitch and encaustic followed by some textured acrylic paintings.  More work is underway but its a slow process these days.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Proclamation Exhibition at Drogheda Arts Centre

I am delighted that I, along with some of my Ceangailte Art Collective friends had some works accepted into the Drogheda Arts Centre 'Proclamation' Exhibition which opened last week and will be on display until 8 January.  The main image 'Valour' was made specifically in response to the exhibition and they also accepted some other works which had recently been shown in the Sean Holywood Arts Centre.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

R-Space Lisburn - Helen McAllister Exhibition

I was at the launch of the new exhibition at R-Space in Lisburn showing the works of Helen McAllister.  Helen has some amazing intricate and delicate embroidered works which she completed over many years and this exhibition is a must see.  Here are some images from the event :

Thursday, 29 October 2015


This indigo dyed and discharged piece of linen has been screen printed and hand stitched pogaji style and will be on display at the RDS Knit and Stitch Show in Dublin in November with Cork Textiles Network.  Have a look at their stand which has some fabulous works.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Ceangailte Art Collective

Ceangailte Art Collective, established 3 years ago and of which now has 12 members launched our first exhibition in the Sean Holywood Arts Centre in Newry on Tuesday night.  I am very pleased to be part of this vibrant and dynamic group of artists and to have shown our group and individual works.  The theme of the show was 'Storm' and everyone responded in different ways and in a variety of media.  My response was by way of identifying our emotional storms in life and I have shown 3 textile pieces, Calm, Rage and Reflection.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

In Stitches

This next piece of work is also for Cork Textiles Network's exhibition and this is for the 'In Stitches' exhibition being held in Bishopstown library from 3rd October.  All works are to be mounted in an embroidery hoop.

Work again is Saffron dyed Irish linen, screen printed and graphite on linen.

Threads and Traces

This piece of work was recently exhibited at the County Museum in Cork with Cork Textiles Network, thanks to all there who do great work at organising all the exhibitions.  Lots more events are planned for the coming months if you would like to take a look :

This piece is made from Irish linen and is saffron dyed, rust dyed, screen printed, painted, stitched....

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Work in Progress

This is saffron dyed and rust dyed linen which has been screen printed and stitched.  Its around 12 x 12 inches at the minute but still has a lot more work to be done.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Some new 'things' to keep me going

Here are some items I bought from Grace at Beyond Measure.  They are beautiful, lovely scissors in a leather case, a darning egg which opens to hold needles and some floss, also a beautiful needle holder.  Have a look at her Facebook site, she has some lovely items and will be opening up an online shop soon.