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Mellow Autumn

Just a quick reminder of our current work on display in Las Rada Wine and Tapas Bar, New Row, Naas.  There is definitely mellow autumn tones to the work – and a sense of loss at the fading of the summer just gone.

See what you think:


A series of pieces incorporating print and hand embroidery by Hannaleena Ahonen.  Her work celebrates the wonderful summer just ending and the abundance of insects busy doing their jobs into the autumn.


Dee Kelly was trying to preserve some of the fading beauty from her garden in this piece entitled ‘Summer’s End’.  She eco-dyed some cotton with peony leaves and over printed with hydrangea petals, using charcoal pencils and hand stitch to complete.


Pauline Kiernan was just about ‘Keeping It Together’ with this piece exploring the idea of loss and fragility.  She used Korean hand made paper, felted, distressed and hand stitched.


Tree bark from the beautiful ‘Prunus Serrula’ forms the basis of Kathrina Hughes work called ‘Bark Cloth’.

There are many more beautiful pieces in the exhibition so pop in to Las Rada for a quick viewing and something nice to eat!

Happy St. Valentine’s Day

Expressions of love and romance take many forms – from a Hallmark Card, to flowers that fade, to a long lasting, treasured hand made gift.    Although these pieces were not made with Valentine’s Day in mind, I thought they were appropriate to share on this day.

Hannaleena Ahonen recently finished an unusual piece entitled ‘What is Your Story?’  It incorporates hand stitching on linen fabric and pages from an old magazine.  The piece is redolent of the stitched samplers of older times with a contemporary twist.  Love appears to be blossoming in this story!


Catherine Domican has a piece that also has romantic connotations.  ‘Charmed Connections’ is a felted textile embellished with metallic threads, found objects, silk paper and ice dyed linen.  The piece represents some of the emotional connections that we have made in our lives – through nature, music and the written word.  This beautifully crafted envelope definitely contained a love letter!

Enjoy your day, whether love blooms or not!