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Meet the Designer-Makers

Meet Danielle Morgan of Flax Fox Designs

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Hello, my name is Danielle Morgan. I'm a self-taught artist from Belfast and owner of Flax Fox Designs. My work is influenced by local architecture and heritage scattered around Northern Ireland. I love Northern Ireland. I think it’s a beautiful place to live. I’m very proud of it’s landscape. I like to illustrate it’s charm through screen printed textiles, printed souvenirs and original artwork. I’m always drawing, sketching, making and creating. I rarely stop..  My work leans towards high end souvenir gifts including a range of 100% linen tea towels. I’ve often been referred to as “the tea towel lady”, which...

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Meet Textile Artist Jane Mathers

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I am Jane Mathers applied artist with a background in textile crafts; the emphasis of my practice is on texture, decoration and the hybrid mix of traditional and contemporary techniques to create engaging and innovative textile art.  While specialising in embroidery my practice extends to; painting, print and mixed media.  Having completed a BA (Hons) degree in Textile Crafts, University of Huddersfield and a MA in Multidisciplinary Design, University of Ulster, Belfast, I started up Jane Mathers - Textile Artist, and lecture textiles at local colleges while taking workshops at a number of different venues. Using my own unique and...

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Meet Jane and Heather of Shabbie

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It can be stressful running your own business and whoever said you shouldn’t mix business with pleasure probably knew what they were talking about. Is it wise to go into business with one of your best and oldest friends? Probably not. But over the last three decades Heather and I have been through everything else together - marriage, kids, divorce, so how hard could it be? Shabbie was born out of our shared love of all things vintage, quirky and eclectic. When we stumbled on traditional hand made quilts from India which were unlike anything we had ever seen before,...

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Meet Helen Perry of Strombolitwo

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After a childhood in New Zealand where I first learnt to knit and sew, I studied architecture in Australia.  Designing and making costumes for student theatre there, inspired making pieces for sale. As designer-owner of Stromboli Apparel in Sydney, my love of fabrics, draping and accessories came together in the production of cutting edge women’s-wear in silks, cottons and linen.  Several ranges featured the work of a local Japanese silk kimono painter.  Now living in Northern Ireland, my love of fabric endures and the gorgeous north coast inspired the rebirth of Strombolitwo. Textiles collected in Australia and Ireland with gorgeous...

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Meet Trevor McLean

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Trevor has enjoyed living along the Causeway Coast for the past 25 years, situated just outside Portrush he has acquired over many years a variety of  traditional craft skills, including coppice crafts & chair -making,  basketry and most recently working with Driftwood. Having first discovered a passion for basketry he studied over many years with makers throughout Ireland, including renowned Master basketmaker Joe Hogan. (Galway) This same passion developed into being able to combine several mediums to create one off pieces of furniture.  Trevor spent time in West Cork working on honing his skills of Coppice crafts and in particular...

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