This week we speak to Katie Larmour, an Irish designer maker who specialises in creating luxury items from Irish Linen. The natural, undyed oatmeal linen has become a signature hallmark of all her pieces. Made from the flax plant, Irish Linen is an eco-friendly, sustainable alternative to fabrics that use fertilisers and pesticides. It needs little water, and the whole plant is used, making it a waste-free crop. In a world of mass production and throw-away fashions, Katie’s handcrafted cushions are of a unique, one-of-a-kind beauty, examples of which have been acquired by discerning international fashionistas, A-list stars, and even royal families.
Image: Katie Larmour collaboration with Heals of London, 2016. @photosbysi @craft.ni
Tell us more why you chose Irish linen and what the qualities of linen brings to your work
I love Irish Linen’s texture, it can be crisp and fresh or crumpled and relaxed, both are excellent.
My use of recycled Irish linen - where I source seconds, deadstock and sometimes even other local maker’s off cuts too - means it’s a real variety/mixture of cloths that I work with.
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