Dawn Ireland

I am a Textile Artist based in Sheffield. After graduating from the UCE in Birmingham in 1994, with a BA (Hons) Degree in Fashion & Textile Design, I set up my home studio, and continue to make one-off pictures, brooches, cards & decorations which reflect the subtle colours, textures and shapes I see around me.

In my work I aim to reflect the beauty i see within nature, being inspired by my garden, by landscapes and the changing seasons.

I love using mixed media: fabric, paper, paint, mono-print & embroidery. Backgrounds are collaged, layered, and then I use my sewing machine to ‘draw’ into them. Little fragments of fabric, stamps, old postcards or hand stitches are often used to add different textures.

As well as exhibiting and selling my work through galleries, shops & fairs, I run an after school Art Club for primary school children, and Embroidery & Mixed Media workshops for adults through the year.