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Tír na nÓg – Grainne Ui Mhaille –
Children of Lir – Salmon of Knowledge "
74 x 100cm x 5cm
Hand dyed wool, threads, wire, sheet copper and beads.
Layers of hand dyed wool applied to a woolen base fabric
with a felting needle.
Multiple additional layers of wool form a three dimensional appearance using a felting needle.
The piece is embellished with wire, cut and forged copper sheet,
threads and bead work.
This work is inspired by folk tales of old Ireland’s rich
and mysterious past, the images capture the wildness and beauty surrounding my home in south Mayo – the magnificent Atlantic coast, rivers, fauna and historic ruins.
The piece is made from hand dyed wool shaped with a felting needle
and embellished with beads, stitchery,
wire work and copper sheet which has been cut and forged.
Framed behind glass.
" Strata "
40 x 62 x 25cm
Wire, knitted wire, copper fabric, copper sheet,
semi-precious stones and copper beads. Perspex mount.
Traditional tapestry weaving methods.
Wire; weaving, coiling, plaiting, spiral making, soumak.
Sheet copper; cutting, annealing, forging,
stamping, texturing, flame applied patina.
Strata is inspired by regular walks on our local beach,
I am always fascinated by the beautiful patterns and colours
glistening on the sea washed rocks,
this lead me to create a tapestry weaving using unusual materials
such as wire, semi-precious stones and copper sheet.
The piece was woven on a simple frame,
both weft and warp are multiple strands of fine wire
that gradually change colour as the weaving progressed,
I used semi-precious stones, knitted wire and copper shapes
to add texture and colour.
The copper sheet was flame annealed to make it soft for easy use,
shapes were cut and decorated using metal stamps
and texturing hammers, the beautiful patina
is achieved by moving the copper through a propane and oxygen flame.
I punched holes in some of the shapes
and attached semi-precious stones and wire spirals for a splash of colour. To finish the piece,
the wire warps were secured by twisting and adding beads.
The piece is float mounted on black Perspex with a bevelled edge
and has a hanging cord at the back.
" Jigs and Reels "
10.0 x 8.2 x 5.3 cm
wool batting, merino pre-felt, dye, beads, threads, fabric, wire, leather, effetre glass rods, wire, brass sheet, wood, dye and wax.
Wire armature making, paper pattern making, wet felting, needle felting, stitching, flame worked glass, bead work, wire and metal work,
dyeing and wood work (reels and barrel – collaboration with Paul Tant wood turner)
Inspired by traditional Irish music, dance and my love for animals,
these felted wool sculptures are designed to re-awaken in the observer those magical childhood memories
of that private world of story books, rhymes and poems.
Each musician has a wire armature which is wrapped with hand dyed wool batting and shaped using a felting needle.
The clothes are made with scraps of fabric and merino pre-felt which has been gently wet felted,
cut into shapes and applied with a felting needle.
Tiny seed beads are stitched into place for the eyes and buttons.
The musical instruments are made with flame worked glass, sheet metal, wire, leather and other found objects.
They ‘perform’ on hand turned oak cotton reels made by Paul Tant, master wood turner.
Each animal is securely attached by wire onto the wood base.
I have always had a strong drive to be creative using my hands - my work is a fusion of art and craft techniques
inspired by the wild environment of my home in County Mayo, Ireland, with its ever changing light and mood,
my love of children’s vintage illustrated books and Celtic folklore is reflected in the whimsical elements in much of my work.