I found the textiles artist Bernie Murphy thanks to Margaret Molloy and her #WearingIrish campaign, and just fell in love, in love with Bernie Murphy’s 2017 collection – her piece or rather pieces of Ireland all imagined, designed and handcrafted in Donegal, Ireland.
My words can’t do her collection justice so I’ve picked just a few of my favourites from her collection:
And, taken these words from Bernie Murphy herself to explain where her inspiration comes from:
“Standing on the shores of Donegal, on the Wild Atlantic Way, feels like standing on the edge of the world; there is colour and texture and inspiration wherever you look. This is where I find my greatest inspiration – where my imagination can feast on the blues and greys of the wild Atlantic ocean, where the fields and hills suggest patchworks, lines and patterns, where the barren lands and peat bogs blend the russets of trees and heather with the neutrals of sheep fleeces and stones… all combine to suggest the structures, colours and textures for my contemporary garment sculptures.”
Maybe it’s the Irish in me as I write this on possibly the hottest day of the year as I shelter indoors – but I feel connected to Bernie’s collection and can almost feel the fabric through my computer screen.
I’ll be interviewing Bernie Murphy very soon about her work. If you can’t wait till then, feast your eyes on this short film about her work and see Margaret Molloy in all her Wearing Irish glory wearing the Gortyarrigan tunic top (love this) in my previous Wearing Irish blog post.
Well Fashioned Credits
Bernie Murphy is Made in Ireland in Donegal and shipped worldwide
Shop the 2017 collection
Materials sourced in Donegal
100% natural fibres