Happy Monday everyone - I'm sure many of you can breath a sigh of relief that the election is finally over - and now hopefully the changes brought about will get Ireland back on its feet as soon as possible. It was an interesting process to watch and be part off - I headed to the count on Saturday night here in Nenagh and there was a great buzz in the air. And exciting changes - I'd been canvassing for a local candidate on the weekends for the last few weeks and it has helped me start to understands politics (a tiny bit) here in Ireland. Thankfully, the candidate I'd been canvassing for got in so being part of the election celebration was a whole new experience.
Our town of Nenagh has recently been hit with both a restaurant and a music store now gone and rumors flying about as to which business could be next. It will really make me sad if the shops on the main street start boarding up and the town is left looking deserted. And yet, I continue to find that there is hope and optimism out there and each week through meeting the talented crafts people and business owners I feature, I am encouraged and inspired by all that they do.
Today I want to introduce you to the design work of Olga Tiernan who has a business called Grafik Fabrik. Olga told me that her passion for drawing started at the early age of four (and admitted she had to be patted down to make sure she didn't have some crayons hidden away - otherwise she'd head off and draw on walls).
Olga is a screen printer and designs patterns for textiles and now wallpaper. She went to art college in Galway and always knew she wanted to do some kind of design. Because of her interest in fabrics and fashion- it was a natural progression to start designing fabrics herself.
Olga told me" I like beautiful objects, it's really that simple and I love pattern. What pushes me to design the way I design is that there is so much potential for fabrics beyond florals and checks (which don't get me wrong, I love). But fabric is so malleable, so fluid, when you add a graphic to it, the graphic comes to life, fabric gives it a third dimension."
My favourite above is the horse head. The detail is just amazing and the graphic nature of the design brings it together in a whole new light.
Olga christened her company Grafik Fabrik because it is the combination of her favourite things, graphics and fabrics. But she used K, because it is her favourite letter - " I like the shape it makes, sad but true," she added.
I love these big chunky cushions - wouldn't they be great for a children's room? For lying against for reading or as big floor cushions?
What do you think of Olga's work? Do you find her direction modern and refreshing?
Remember my "Love Irish Crafts" blog campaign is all tied in with the Year of the Craft 2011. You can link through to the Craft Council of Ireland and Craft Northern Ireland sites at the top right of my blog.
Are you an artist? Please don't hesitate to contact me - spread the word to anyone and everyone you know.