How did you begin your interest in design?
I always had an interest in fashion, my nana would have made clothes for us in the past and I suppose I knew from then I had an interest in Fashion. I started out in Galway Technical Institute for two years studying fashion design and graduated from St Angela’s College in Sligo studying BA in Fashion Design, Textiles with business management.
What’s your practice like? Do you work from a studio or are you based at home?
I am based at home, I work full time in Retail and I do my fashion part time. Hopefully one day my career in fashion will be a full time job.
What artists/designers have inspired you over time?
I absolutely love Ashi Studios the designs are very structured but elegant and this is an interest I have also. Another designer I’m in awe of is Balmain he is amazing I love his beading and his placements on garments and especially the fabrics he uses.
Tell us about the last collection you created and the inspiration behind it?
My latest collection is based on the Aran Island’s on inish mor. The concept came from the natural habitat and surroundings of the Island. My colour story is very rich deep tones combined with soft colours that reflect the true beauty of the island.
What materials are you most drawn to working with?
I love working with leather and suede although they can be tricky to get used too. I like to work with other materials such as chiffon and organza to have simplicity and flow. Knitwear is also a favourite of mine.
What are your next steps with your brand?
I’m looking to expand my business and open my own store in the future.
What connections do you have to other designers and how do you feel about collaboration?
I think its great to learn new techniques of other designers and it’s a great way of getting to know the designers network. I am working on establishing my own brand at the moment and that’s my main interest and ambition.
If you could only choose one piece of design, what would it be?
If it had to be one piece I think it would have to be the fur top and leather blue skirt.