The Young Designers Creating A Buzz At Brown Thomas

Invest in these young IRISH DESIGN MAVERICKS

Katie Larmour

Now in its eighth year, Brown Thomas’ annual CREATE showcase has opened. Unveiling a new line-up of Irish designers, the six-week exhibition focuses on nurturing rising talent and serves as a platform to help novice designers establish their brands. Names to know?

1. Katie Larmour repurposes one-of-a-kind vintage scarves into cushions mixing decades from 1930s to 1990s. “At the moment, I am really drawn to animal prints, especially Salvatore Ferragamo’s scarves depicting tigers, elephants and zebra,” says Larmour. “One of my favourite places to find fabrics is the flea market area on the outskirts of Paris, the Marché Aux Puces De Saint Ouen. I love combining old and new, matching sumptuous vintage silk scarves with new oatmeal Irish linen on the reverse. For Create, I have repurposed Cartier, Gucci, Versace, Chanel, YSL and Hermès scarves into one-of-a-kind cushions, blending fashion and interiors.”

Wild Cocoon

2. Wild Cocoon, Deirdre Duffy’s independent hand-weaving studio, produces generous, colourful scarves. “As a designer, I use quite complex patterns and colour structures that are time consuming to create. The colour balance is done on the loom not in the design process beforehand. It’s very important to push the possibilities of what is achievable on the loom, I constantly challenge the process and my abilities,” says Duffy. “I have always been drawn to painters, particularly Anne Madden and Louis le Brocquy. I also love Sybil Connolly, who used traditional Irish shapes, cuts and fabrics, translating the local vernacular into something that was, and still is, timeless design.”

Fintan Mulholland

3. Fintan Mulholland’s aesthetic is organic and experimental, and his knitwear uses intensive hand processes and technology combined with a specific range of artistic and design influences. “The experimental nature of my design process allows me to explore and create pieces with unique, sculptural qualities using geometry and engineering”. Starting with a clear image of a final design in his head, Mulholland plans how to get there using swatches, shapes and trying new ways to knit to get the look he wants. His Create 2018 collection, Strata, focuses on natural alpaca, organic wool, silk and mohair.

CREATE, Level 1, Brown Thomas Dublin. www.brownthomas.ie

Aislinn Coffey

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