Bethan McDonnell


Bethan joins Makers House as one of the Ulster University graduates from Belfast School of Art to showcase her work in Makers House at The Designerie in Bushmills. 

We are delighted to welcome the creative talent that Belfast School of Art have nurtured and help them grow in their business journey and the team at The Designerie and Makers House will now support them as they showcase their work on the beautiful North Coast. 

The first graduates to show their work will be Bethan McDonnell and Gillian Brownlow, their textile and fashion designs will be a welcome addition to the already diverse offer in Makers House

Bethan McDonnell graduated summer 2021 with a First-Class BA Honours in Textile Art, Design and Fashion from Ulster University. Her knitted narratives often begin through exploring literature and the landscapes around her.

Her final graduate collection, ‘Nurtured,’ is knitwear garments and accessories inspired by the novel ‘The Secret Garden,’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This collection presents the theme that neglected and forgotten things become ruined and spoiled, as seen with the characters and the garden of the novel; but when these things are cared for, they bloom and grow.

Sustainability is important in Bethan’s work; using ethical yarns, having zero waste and recycling where possible inspires the creating and process of her designs.