Leitrim Design House Press Release from August 2018
Local Artist Catherine Gray exhibited on The Leitrim Design House ARTWALL
The Leitrim Design House were delighted to launch Dathanna m’Aislingi – colour of my dreams, a new exhibition on ARTWALL by textile and fabric artist Catherine Gray last Thursday, August 2nd at 7pm. Catherine is a native of Carrick-on-Shannon and studied Fine Art in the School of Art and Design in Sligo in the late 70’s. She later worked with a freelance designer in New York designing and creating knitwear for the American market. Over the course of more than 20 years working with textiles in many forms, Catherine has explored a variety of media leading her to combine a series of techniques that makes her work all the more individual.
She describes her unique process of working as follows:
I build up layers of colour and texture by twisting, slashing and fraying the fabric. It is then cut, collaged together and burned with a heat gun to expose the layers underneath. I finish off each piece by hand stitching with threads that vary in thickness to create more texture. My landscapes evolve through memory. My surroundings develop in my mind where colours and textures intensify and exaggerate. Some of my pieces are crafted from treasured fabrics which hold a history of family memories. The work progresses through my reflection on the origins of the fabrics and associated stories. This brings a whole new dimension to my work which I hope culminates in a sense of joy, curiosity, and pleasure to others.
Catherine’s unique work fits beautifully within the Leitrim Design House, home of Irish Craft and Design. As with all of our collections in the Leitrim Design House, these original works may be purchased on deposit and paid off over a number of weeks. This is a wonderful opportunity to invest in a local artist and start your own art collection which may be handed down for generations to come.
There was a grand opening reception to meet the artist, be inspired and add colour to your own dreams with this stunning collection. For further information follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheLeitrimDesignHouse. Visit us at The Leitrim Design House, The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim and discover unique, 100% Irish, handmade gifts created by local designers.T: 0719650550