LILAC PEARL TEXTILESby Niamh McCooey
How have you come to textiles?
This is my third career. As a botany graduate, I found myself training to be a chartered accountant. Using this qualification, I moved into university teaching, where I specialised in corporate responsibility. Leaving the academic world five years ago, I indulged my love of textiles and opened a textile designer-maker business. From science to humanities to arts, anything is possible!
Where are you based?
I have a studio in Makers Yard in Leicester, UK. The building is a refurbished hosiery factory and full of wonderful creative people - a very inspiring place to work.
What inspires you?
Colour, texture, repurposing, nature, flowers, and bringing life back to old garments and fabrics.
Who influences you?
I really admire the socio-cultural work of Grayson Perry, the colours of Monet, the environmental ethics of Wagari Maathai, and the lyrics of Paul Weller.
What you will be showing at the fair?
I have taken a range of garments and refashioned or repurposed them, adding embellishments and decorating them to add colour and texture. I’ve taken a selection of men's shirts and dyed and stitched into them; I’ve used my collection of fine cotton vintage petticoats and done the same; and I have taken some vintage French linen chemises which, by dyeing, cutting and stitching, can now be worn once more.
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