At the University of Ulster, Belfast, 1995, I was introduced to hand felting during my studies on a Textile Art Degree. I was captivated! My feltmaking journey had begun and I experimented with clothes, sculpture, furnishings and jewellery. The possibilities with turning fleece into felt are endless. I am continuously learning and exploring with this riveting medium.
Working from my studio at the Donegal Craft Village, I manipulate wool to create dramatic landscape pictures. I love nature, animals, dramatic skies, transient seasons. My aim is to create art work which captures an emotion – when I have connected to a particular time and place. Often I will notice a moment when the light, mood and content of a scene causes me to stop and take a breath. I reflect on that image and I later record those feelings and visions in my felt art work. Reflections of the outdoors, rugged and wild, are matted into the felt, revealing mottled images which express a deep relation to my homeland in Donegal. The process of simultaneously making felt whilst creating a picture, results in qualities similar to expressionist fine art painting. My felt work is finished with hand embroidery and machine stitch, creating interesting definition, depth and detail.
‘When a viewer engages with a piece of my art work, they are sensing a little bit of my heart and soul, and a little piece of Donegal.’
Education & Awards
BA Honours – Textile Art, University of Ulster, Belfast
Postgraduate Diploma – Fine & Applied Art, University of Ulster, Belfast
Smirnoff Fashion Award Finalist 1998
Member of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
Member of Donegal Designer Makers
Gallery & Studio
My gallery and felt art workshop is located on the outskirts of Donegal Town in the North West of Ireland. Nestled in The Craft Village, I work among fellow artists and crafts people who work with a variety of mediums including paint, glass, gold, silver, and wool. There is also an award winning café which serves delicious freshly ground coffee, home made cakes and gourmet lunches.
The Craft Village is surrounded by rolling hills, sheep and cattle, which makes it an ideal setting for my landscape art work. There is a charming courtyard and picnic area with free car & coach parking.