In their latest rug collaboration, Wexford rugmakers Ceadogán have teamed up with Irish street artist James Earley and Cork-based printmaker Deirdre Breen.
If you’ve walked through Temple Bar and looked up at the Blooms Hotel, you’ll be familiar with street artist James Earley’s work. His strong colour-paletted yet delicate creations adorn walls and canvas’ across the country, but now he, along with fellow artist and printmaker Deirdre Breen, are bringing their skills to a new medium: rug-making.
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James with his rug, created in collaboration with Ceadogán.
Teaming up with contemporary Wexford rugmakers, Ceadogán, James and Deirdre have created a four-piece rug collection entitled Ripple Effect, inspired by the infinite beauty of the circle. This is only the latest Irish artist collaboration for Ceadogán’s Dennis Kenny and Fiona Gilboy, who have already teamed up with the likes of Helen Cody, Andrew Ludick, Helen Steele and Jenny Maslen.
James Earley's "The Widening Gyre" rug. Photo: Bríd O'Donovan
James’ rug, “The Widening Gyre”, is inspired by his family’s history of stained glass making, as it takes the shape of a large arched window, before being given James’ signature colour blocked marks.
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Deirdre Breen's "Locomotion" rug. Photo: Bríd O'Donovan
Deirdre Breen is a Cork-based printmaker whose work is already highly influenced by the geometry of a circle. Her abstract prints often incorporate circles, making her a natural choice for Ceadogán’s latest collection. “The making process has been a joy,” she says. “Seeing the designs translated through a new material for the floor has been really energising and exciting.”
Deirdre Breen's "Brainstorm". Photo: Bríd O'Donovan
Both artists have a strong sense of colour and this has translated into their rug designs. All four are made from 100% pure wool in Ceadogán’s Co Wexford studio with sustainability in mind. “It has been an amazing experience to work so closely with such respected craftspeople like Ceadogán,” says James. “It has been a privilege to join forces and share our common vision, to celebrate and elevate contemporary Irish craft with an artistic celebration.”
Featured image: Deirdre Breen's "Akimbo" rug. Photo: Bríd O'Donovan