Gráinne Kenny is a Textile Designer from Gorey, Co. Wexford. She 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) where she specialized in Woven Textiles.
She started her business in January of 2012 and creates bespoke homewares from Textile Art, Table and Floor Lamps plus Resin Jewellery.
She uses wool and silken fibers to create her mixed media textile artworks.
Each piece of material, yarn and bead is hand applied using a unique technique . The pieces are not wet felted or felted using a needle. With this in turn, she is able to achieve the painterly quality her work is known for.
Each stage of the creative process 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 fibres, fabrics, handmade papers, gold and silver leaf, pigment, beads and seashells amongst other materials to create her sea inspired studies.
Drawing Inspiration from her own photography and drawings, she intensifies the colours and textures slightly. Each piece is framed in quality hand crafted picture frames that are Irish made. These frames are a white limed, wooden box style frame featuring a polar white mount on the artwork and glass. The large seascapes are framed in custom sized bevel edged white wooden frames and the artwork is double mounted. There are five different frame sizes to choose from and any of her designs can be created in any of the sizes available.
Her lamp designs are inspired by her textile artwork / sea studies. The fabric is designed by Gráinne and her designs are then digitally printed onto fabric with an Irish based Company. Each lamp is then a hand assembled by Grainne in her studio. Grainne also makes jewellery, by combining pigment mixed with resin poured into silver bezels and moulds.
Her products are available through various craft and design led shops and galleries across Ireland. She also attends trade events such as 'Showcase Ireland' and she has been in many exhibitions with other artists.
Her work has also been featured in various press through the years such as; 'Ireland of the Welcomes - July 2020, 'House and Home Magazine' in 2012 & 2014, 'Irish Tatler', The Irish Examiner - Property & Interiors Guide to the The Irish Independent Magazine and in the media appearing on RTE Nationwide in 2019 and Irish TV on Sky.
Gráinne is a past graduate of University College Falmouth in Cornwall (2003-07), Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (2000-2003) and Grennan Mill Craft School in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny (1998-99).
Her pieces are suited for all occasional gifts, especially wedding gifts to corporate gifts. She has also produced work for Interior Designers, as well as commissioned pieces with custom titles for clients.
Gráinne is a registered member of The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland and Design Ireland.