Tell us a little about you and your chosen discipline:
Originally from Cavan, I came to Galway to study Art & Design in GMIT in the early nineties. Although I qualified in Sculpture and Photography, I have always had a love of Fashion and Textiles. I have in recent years returned to working with traditional crafts such as Crochet and Felt making, embellished with beading and machine and hand stitching. I love to put a more contemporary twist on old techniques by using unusually materials or recycling old beads or buttons in my jewellery pieces.
As a maker, what/who inspires you?
I draw most of my inspiration from nature and the sea. I use the motif of nesting or cocoons in a lot of my work and love to build up structures and textures. Artists such as Harry Clarke and Etre, who worked in the Art Deco Era, inspire me.
I am always inspired by the beautiful scenery of the Wild Atlantic Way, and in particular Inishbofin Island and I spend time there taking photographs and sketching.
Where can we see your work?
The best way to see my jewellery is on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/MamoDesigns/. I am also a founder member of a textile collective Tidal Textile Artists and we meet to skill share and work towards exhibitions. Our page can be found at www.facebook.com/tidaltextileartists.
Do you run classes / workshops? If yes where can we find out about them?
I run workshops from time to time on Inishbofin Island and my facebook page is the best place to find updates.
Do you have any advice to someone starting his or her journey as a Maker/Crafter?
Always be open to try new techniques and learn from other crafters. Seek out groups in your area or contact like-minded individuals, it is invaluable for your work and theirs. As crafters we can spend a lot of time in isolation creating, but I feel feedback and skill sharing is so positive to progress your work.
Do you take private commissions for your work?
Yes, I am always happy to work with people if they have something in mind.