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From beach pebbles to the moon!

A small peek at some of our latest work.  It seems that the elements (no pun intended!) have influenced the themes of these pieces, with the moon and its pull and tug on the ocean being prominent in the artists’ thoughts.

In Asta’s latest piece, entitled ‘Squall’, she has used clouds of wool and silk fibres to great effect, recreating a brooding and tumultuous ocean bashing the shoreline,  in colours ranging from cerulean to deep indigo.

Section of ‘Squall’ by Asta Gauronskyte



Colleen was inspired by the phases of the moon in a series of two works, produced on hand made paper.  The colours used are tones of greys, plums and aubergine creating a atmospheric, moody, moon – sometimes bright but at other times brooding.   Colleen used dyes and metallic medium, hand and machine stitch on beautiful paper.  The framing on these pieces is well chosen to add to the unusual colour and tone of the work.

Section of ‘Phases I’ by Colleen Prendiville


And then to the calmer, lighter mood of Marie’s piece which draws its inspiration from the edge of the ocean – the beautiful glass stones or pebbles washed up on a shoreline in Portugal.   This work is delicate and beautifully simple with restful, pastel tones on a wet felted merino wool and silk ground.

‘Praia Dos Pescadores’ by Marie Dunne


All of these works are currently on exhibit at Las Rada Wine and Tapas Bar, Naas, Co. Kildare.

A little bit blue!

We must be feeling a little bit blue these days!  Have a quick look at this group of pieces currently hanging in Las Rada Wine and Tapas bar in Naas and tell me if we don’t have a blue theme going here.

Las Rada 6


Starting from the left of the picture we have:

  • Dee Kelly’s ‘Tulip – Turkish Delight‘ which celebrates the origin of the tulip.   It is hand dyed paper delicately hand stitched.
  • Catherine Dowling’s ‘My Network‘.  This piece reflects the connections in Catherine’s life and how she relates to her network of family, friends, work, social and business connections using wet felted technique on Merino wool.
  • Kathrina Hughes piece is called ‘Electric Indigo‘ and uses some of the pieces of Indigo dyed cotton she created in a workshop this summer (mentioned in a previous blog post) hand and machine stitched using cotton and metallic threads.
  • Barbara Seery’s ‘Essence‘ evokes the intense blue/black colour at the centre of a poppy and was created using the ice dying technique with applied fibres, sheers and hand stitch.

And, if you are not convinced that the blues have hit us in earnest, see Colleen Prendiville’s ‘Parade de Casa Velha II’ on an adjacent wall.  This is a Japanese woodblock print on paper with hand stitch and applied fabric.

Parade de Casa Velha 2


Hopefully, we don’t recover from the blues too soon as these pieces are really good…. if I say so myself!

Las Rada Opening hours:  

Monday – Closed.  

Tuesday – Thursday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Friday – Saturday 5 p.m. to 12 midnight

Sunday 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.