It’s been such fun to be part of the collaborative project – to merge fashion and traditional craft skills – promoted by the Council of Irish Fashion Designers and the Design & Craft Council of Ireland. 15 different and very interesting looks were shown and photographed on the runway last Thursday and will go on exhibition in Dublin next November.
I was paired with Jane Murtagh of the Blacksmiths Guild and our challenge was to create a piece using both the lightest and heaviest of materials – silk and metal!
We used the harts tongue fern leaf as design inspiration, a shape that Jane had previously used in her sculpture, and the neckline as our start point – one side silk the other metal.
For my part, I created a series of paintings, the images of which I used in the design I digitally printed onto 100% silk twill, and from which I created a single sleeved wrap that attached to Jane’s forged copper piece formed in the shape of the harts tongue leaf, which she finished with verdegris patination, and a neck band of forged solid copper round bar gilded with variated leaf.