Andrea Hayes is a Textile Artist from and based in Cookstown,Co.Tyrone. A graduate of the National College of Art and Design Dublin , where she specialised in embroidered textiles. From 2006-2008 Andrea developed her art practice through her time on Craft NI’s two year “Making it” programme, placed as artist in residence at NWRC. Since then Andrea has continued developing her artwork making textile artwork which are sold throughout a number of galleries throughout Ireland. Each piece is individual; handpainted with layers of hand dyed fabrics, hand and machine stitched with elements of copper fragments. These pieces are based on landscapes, seascapes, and local flora.
In contrast, Andrea produces larger scale mixed media artworks in which her textile and painting skills are applied onto an aluminium base. These pieces has been showcased in a number of selected exhibitions such as RUA ,CCOI “Breaking Out”, represented Ireland in the 13th International Textile Exhibition 2009 and was awarded the Contemporary Embroidery prize in the National Crafts Competition 2009.
Andrea currently works as a p/time Arts tutor for SWC and facilitates textile workshops on a regular basis for community groups, art centres and most recently has provided workshops in schools to produce artwork for Omagh hospital.