Next up is Many Hands co-founder Ciara Phelan on revisiting her sewing heritage, and her appreciation for all things collage…
Preserve the Trees’ - Ciara Phelan / Digital Print on Fabric, Hand Sewn
Preserve the Trees cushion. This is my first experience in textiles, designing my own surface patterns and sewing, so it combines lots things I like to do. It’s exciting and new. My mum did textile design and my nan is a seamstress, and she taught me to sew when I was five. I used to draw my own patterns and make t-shirts for my dolls! So it’s nice to be doing it again.
‘Blazin” - Stone & Spear / Silk Crepe De Chine
I really like Stone & Spear’s handkerchiefs. They’re bold and interesting, which is exactly what his work is about. It’s a statement piece, which is exciting to see.
‘Hjartar Tree’ - Kristjana S Williams / Digital Print
Hjartar Tree by Kristjana S Williams (part of Pick Me Up Selects). This piece is really beautiful. I like the way her collage takes an old process but uses a new and fresh approach and uses a vibrant colour palette. It’s also not just a collage, it creates a scene and a message as a whole, which is hard to do. Well done to her!