When I was about 15 years old I discovered Claude Monet. My art teacher opened the windows of wonder for me with his beautiful violet colours and painting style....what a combination and I was hungry to see more of his work. I didn't know then the path my life would follow, into the world of colour and texture, and that Monet would accompany me along the way.
But accompany me he has, and this collection of handcrafted scarves is now my signature collection.
My loom was set up in our cottage after some time away from it. I'd ordered my first box of yarn which I excitedly spread on the floor. I sat in the middle of the cones of colour and thought 'what next'. Inspiration came in the form of a book I'd bought about Claude Monet. I draped swatches of coloured yarn across the beautiful Impressionist paints. The muse had struck and continues to inspire me daily as I dye and weave. Hence Wearable Art ~ Inspired by Art
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This collection is inspired by County Monaghan Poet Patrick Kavanagh.
'My Kavanagh Musings'
When I was a young one of about 12 or 13 at school, a poet came to visit. A Cavan poet, called Tom McIntyre. He spoke. I was enthralled. I think he was doing a reading in the school that day, probably for the leaving cert students. I drank in his presence...a real living poet....And then....I was aware he was speaking to me, I quickly focus my eyes and he is telling me that I had "a typical Monaghan face, with a 'far away from home' look in my eyes". I think that the poet saw something in me....maybe a bit of that Monaghan 'quareness'.
Well this came back to me recently as I thought about Patrick Kavanagh, his poetry and his 'place' in Monaghan. I grasp his emotions about Monaghan. And then my thoughts go to a wonderful evening spent at Annamakerrig....and a performance by the Abbey players of 'The Great Hunger', a very special adaptation of Patrick Kavanagh's poem by none other than Tom McIntyre. We got a lift there that evening with Tommy McArdle, one of 'The Twins' and another great man of words from Monaghan. There followed a 'dance', with music provided by The Glen Miller Legacy. What a night of swing amongst the spuds!
Chosen from across the ranges, this is the Gents Scarf Collection, designed with the contemporary man in mind. Featured are 'Kavanagh' scarves as well as some 'Renaissance' and' Inspired By..' designs. All are designed handwoven in Ireland using the finest materials and traditional techniques of weaving and finishing.
Inspired by the wonderful lace making heritage of County Monaghan. To the north of the county we have the crochet Clones lace and to the south we have the applique Carrickmacross lace. In tough times these skills played a vital role in the survival of families and thus they are an important part of who we are in these parts.
As an enterprising textile design graduate in the 1980's, I wove webs of tweed fabric for Cleo Ltd on Kildare Street in Dublin. But this was not traditional tweed but rather a fine woollen lace tweed. It was thrilling to see it tailored into Cleo's beautiful ladies suits for the Japanese market. Unknowingly I had absorbed the heritage of lacemaking into my soul. My work had become a part of that story.
My part of that story continues with the launch of my new luxury Renaissance Collection.
A Collection of shimmering handwoven scarves inspired by Turners technique of painting light. This technique greatly influenced Monet, Liz's altime favourite painter.
This range reflects the shimmering colours of Turner's paintings.
Born in 1775 Turner was an English Romantic landscape painter, water-colourist and printmaker. His work is regarded as the Romantic fore-runner to Impressionism. He was called the Painter of Light. Turner died in 1851 when Monet was just eleven years old but the influence of Tuner can be clearly seen in much of Monet’s work. Monet travelled to London and painted the houses of Parliament, just like Turner did in his day. They both have similar play on light and fog. Turner had himself strapped to the mast of a ship, in a storm to see the elements at their strongest. Monet was also very interested in the play of light on water, be it still or stormy. Currently the subject of a Mike Leigh film, Mr Turner, Joseph Turner was way ahead of his time. His impressionistic use of colour was often frowned on in his day but his brilliance finally won through. Starring Timothy Spalding as Turner, the film’s slow pace lends itself to stunningly, beautiful cinematography. For her part in the Turner, Monet & Christy Triangle, Liz Christy uses age old methods and natural materials, cotton, wool and boucle wool blend yarns in a host of striking colours. She dyes most of the wool herself. Each piece is hand-knotted when it comes off the loom and then it is hand-washed to bring out the luxurious softness of the fibre. The pieces are wearable art, which with gentle hand-washing will last for generations and become heirloom pieces.
Liz Christy’s interpretation of Monet and Turner plays on the colours and hues that they used. The end result is yet another beautiful work of art. While they are all entranced by colour and light, we can only wear the art created by Christy!
On this page you will find a selection of scarves and wraps, this is where you will find the results of experimenting and exploring on the loom. We might have used the last of a colour in a wrap so it is never to be repeated.
Beautiful Cerulean Blue, hand-dyed boucle wool is woven into fine cotton warp which is inspired by Monet's Waterlilly paintings.Truly wearable art,inspired by art. A beautiful gift. Hand-woven in Ireland. 180cm x 35cm Gift Boxed Free Shipping
This handwoven Scarf may be worn looped around the neck or draped over the shoulders. Inspired by Claude Monet's 'Waterlily' paintings, the chosen shade is Mardi Gras. This is a vibrant and fun colour which has been hand-dyed here at the studio in Co. Monaghan. Each hank of wool is different so each scarf is unique. 180cm in length and 35cm wide Gift...
Renaissance Wrap - Lace - Bramble Inspired by the wonderful lacemaking heritage in County Monaghan. Handwoven wrap using luxury silks and 'Donegal Soft' merino wool. Generously sized, cosy to wear looped around the next or elegantly around the shoulders, this really is a joy to wear. Appeals to both men and women. 220cm x 50cm Gift Boxed Free Shipping
Japanese Bridge - Pumkin Orange Handcrafted scarf Inspired by Monet's painting 'Japanese Bridge' in wonderful vibrant colouring which has been dyed by hand here in Swallow Studios. This is a perfect gift to give and to receive. Wear cosily looped with a classic winter coat and long enough to drape around the shoulders for a spring walk. 180cm x 35cm Free...
Renaissance Wrap - Tabby, Aqua The Renaissance Wrap is luxurious to wear and is a style that suits both men and women. Handwoven in Ireland, using silk and 'Donegal Soft' merino wool, the inspiration for the design comes from the wonderful lace making heritage of County Monaghan. Generously sized, it is aproximately 220cm x 50cm Gift Boxed Free Shipping
This beautiful scarf makes a perfect gift. Inspired by the painting "Agapanthus" by Claude Monet, this scarf is one of my favourites. I have dyed the woollen yarn in graduating shades of moss green, aqua and old rose and named it MoonFlower. The easy to wear colours shimmer across the cotton warp of the scarf. Made in Ireland
Liz Christy signature design, this handwoven scarf is a favourite. The combination of the turquoise tones of the warp with the beautiful hand-dyed pinks and purples of the weft is truely uplifting. Soft and elegant, this scarf is a delightful gift to receive and enjoy wearing. 180cm x 35cm Gift Boxed Free Shipping
Vibrant Liz Christy Handwoven Scarf inspired by one of Monet's Japanese Bridge paintings. The shade of the hand-dyed wool weft used is called Carnival. Together the warp and the weft combine to create a colourful scarf that exudes positive energy. 200cm x 35cm Gift Boxed Free Shipping