Crafts Counil of Ireland

A textile designer and hand-weaver, I live and work in Annayalla just outside Castleblayney, among the rolling hills of County Monaghan. I have a passion for Irish textiles, which I weave in my bright and airy workshop, Swallow Studios.

My love of colour echoes what I see around me each day; fresh hues of springtime crocuses and bluebells, vibrant highlights in our summer landscape, rich shades of autumn and shimmering, water-filled winter scenes.

I draw my inspiration from the lush drumlin countryside and paintings by my favourite artist, Claude Monet. Paintings by Paul Gauguin and American artist, Edward Hopper have influence in some of my work.

It is essential that I can truly guarantee that my textile designs are genuinely hand-woven in Ireland. Hand-weaving is an age old craft and my looms are powered by hand and foot and all my work has a woven selvedge. Every piece is knotted and washed by hand to finish and bring out the luxurious softmess of the wool.

Liz Christy is a registered member of Design & Crafts Council of Ireland.