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 designer 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.
The Renaissance luxury wrap collection is 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. A perfect tie-in to the 'Tale of Two Worlds' theme of Ireland's Ancient East.
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 the story.
My part of that story continues with the Luxury Renaissance Wrap Collection.
On this page you will find a selection of scarves and wraps, 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.
Here I have included images of previous work, some made to commission and some featuring in fashion shows. These items are no longer available but will perhaps ignite a desire for something designed especially for you.
Keeping an Irish tradition alive and thriving
A beautiful designer scarf is inspired by Monet's 'The Walk at Argenteuil'. This is an authentic Irish gift. The luxurious purple colours in the 'Wild Lupin' shade reflects Liz's creativity nature. 180cm x 35cm Gift boxed If you experience any problems completing your purchase, please follow this LINK which will bring you to the same scarf in my Etsy...
A signature Liz Christy handwoven designer scarf. The reds of the warp are inspired by Monet's 'Japanese Bridge' painting which makes this a popular choice of ladies' scarf. 180cm x 35cm Gift boxed If you experience any problems completing your purchase, please follow this LINK which will bring you to the same scarf in my Etsy shop. We are sorry for any...
This beautiful designer scarf is inspired by Monet's 'Japanese Bridge'. The bold blend of rich red and vibrant purple makes for a particularly unique ladies scarf. A handwoven authentic Irish gift. 180cm x 35cm Gift Boxed If you experience any problems completing your purchase, please follow this LINK which will bring you to the same scarf in my Etsy...
Renaissance Wrap - Tabby, Teal Handwoven in Ireland, using silk and 'Donegal Soft' merino wool in a Teal colour, the inspiration for the design comes from the lace making heritage of County Monaghan. 220cm x 50cm Gift Boxed If you experience any problems completing your purchase, please follow this LINK which will bring you to the same scarf in my Etsy...