Interests

Silk Painting

The reason I love painting on silk is that it produces the most vibrant colours. I've painted a lot of peacocks as you can let loose with some of the most amazing colour blends of blues and greens. For cushion designs I mostly like to paint quite primitive shapes and then use effects such as salt bleeds to produce interesting colour effects. It's really great to give someone something you painted to reflect an aspect of their personality or personal history. For kids' presents I like to stretch the silk over a canvas block so you get a wrap-around effect.

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Making

I spent three days making a green wood chair in Skibbereen, West Cork under the tutelage of Alison Ospina. Our raw materials were freshly cut hazel branches and we picked out suitable branches to give our chair the right dimensions but also the character we wanted to bring to the piece. What was really nice was to leave the bark on some major elements, including any wrapped vines and lichens that may have been growing there. Other pieces we hand-stripped to give a lovely smooth but natural wood feel. It was a surprisingly pleasurable experience to work with fresh wood but equally pleasurable to finish and sit in my chair once all the hard work was over.

making a greenwood chair

Hiking, Biking, Travelling

photo Patagonia
Torres Del Paine, Patagonia 2007
photo India
Kerala India 2013
photo Greenway Sligo
The Greenway, Co Mayo, Ireland 2008
photo Nepal
Anapurna Circuit, Nepal 2002
photo Cuba
Trinidad, Cuba 2003
photo Florence
Cycling Tuscany 2011
photo Dolomites
Tré Cime, Dolomites, Italy 2012
photo Vietnam
Cycling Saigon to Hanoi, Vietnam 2010
photo skiing France
Argentiere, France 2010
photo Bolivia

In 2007 I spent an amazing three months travelling in South America - here's my blog from the trip.