My path to textiles came through a constant love of the tactile. Upon leaving school I knew I wanted to work with textiles. I can not remember making a decision to take this path, it was just happening.
I studied Textile Design at The National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland. My work received a gold medal at the RDS National Craft Competition in weaving (tapestry). This is a National open competition for craft workers and designers working in with Craft processes
I returned to Co Mayo to start my own business ‘Stitched In by Deirdre Duffy’. I now produce a range of handmade products for the home, such as patchwork quilts, cushions, aprons and blankets. I am a proud member of Craftworks Mayo, this is an artisan lead network founded in 2012, I currently hold the position of Secretary in this group. In this initiative is a marketing and sales platform for small producers of Craft in the west of Ireland.
During the summer I give Felt making workshops on a drop in basis at The Sheep and wool Centre is Leenane Co. Galway, on the west coast of Ireland. This is a great centre for rare breeds of sheep and the conservation of traditional wool crafts.
From the start my has been business a labour of love and I work to a handmade and locally sourced ethos. I use a variety of techniques to produce work including but not only, weaving, spinning, patchwork, embroidery, felting and quilting.
By 2014 my handwoven collection of scarves, blankets and cool weather wear will be available.
I draw influence and inspiration from the traditional with more than a nod to the modern way of living. I use strong colours and bold structures that are uncompromising and long to be touched and enjoyed everyday not just special occasions.