Gráinne Kenny is a Textile Designer from Gorey, Co.Wexford. Gráinne is inspired by the beauty, colours and textures of Shorelines and Sunsets along Irelands Ancient East and the Wild Atlantic way.
Gráinne has a Masters Degree in Textile Design from University College Falmouth, Cornwall (2007)
She started her business in January of 2012 and creates bespoke homewares from Textile Art, Table and Floor Lamps plus Resin Jewellery.
DEVELOPMENT & MATERIALS
Wool and silken fibers are used in her mixed media pictures.
Each material, yarn and bead is hand applied using a unique technique . The pieces are not wet felted or needle done.
With this in turn, she is able to achieve the painterly quality her work is known for.
Each stage is built in a series of layers, building from the background to the foreground using jewel like colours and creating surface detail using embellishments such as beads and seashells amongst other materials.
Drawing Inspiration from her own photography and drawings, she intensifies the colours and textures slightly.
A variety of materials are used from fabrics to yarns, such as silk, linen, wool and cotton, handmade papers, gold and silver leaf, pigment, beads and seashells to create her textile paintings, otherwise known to her as 'Sea Studies'.
Her lamp designs are inspired by her 'Sea Studies', the fabric is designed by Gráinne and her designs are then digitally printed onto fabric. Grainne also makes jewellery, by combining pigment mixed with resin poured into silver plated bezels.
Her products are available through various craft and design led shops and galleries across Ireland.
Her pieces are suited for all occasional gifts, especially wedding gifts, retirement gifts and as corporate gifts. She has also produced work for Interior Designers as well as commissioned pieces with custom titles for clients.