The Voyage

I have just added some new pieces to my website they are inspired by Saint Brendan and his voyage they are unframed batik art, I left them unframed to make it easy to post and also people sometimes like to pick there own frames. The image of the voyage has worked well for me in my work as it can be interpreted differently historical, legend, emigration, new life and marriage infact I have in the past put the initial of the couple on the sail this gives a very personal feel to the gift check out for details The Brendan Voyage

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Shades of Summer Hand Painted Silk scarf added to etsy shop

original silk scarf in shades of summer
Original hand painted scarf by Louise Loughman

This hand painted silk scarf in shades of yellow and blue will add a summer feel to any outfit for any occasion have a look at the rest of the collection on etsy

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A collection of hand painted silk scarves

Hand painted silk in shades of green and blue

Detail of hand painted silk scarf in green and blue

batik detail on edge
batik detail on edge of hand painted sukj scarf
original hand painted by Louise Loughman
hand painted silk

I have just added some hand painted silk scarves to my website I am quite proud of the colour and textured effects that I have created some of the detailedsections of the scarves make interesting artworks in themselves

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Get set for Christmas with Designer Crafts

Imagined designed and made in Ireland

Designer Crafts in the Market House

Its that time of year again with only eleven days to Christmas the rush is on, you have to  find that one special gift, every year its the same thing you leave it till the last minute and then suddenly the inevitable happens you turn into a headless chicken or maybe its a turkey in this case and run from pillar to post.

I totally understand I’ve done my  fair share of running around on Christmas eve myself only to buy a gift that is so wrong one year I bought my mother a nail varnish dryer I know what was I thinking.

Well this year I have the solution for you Designer Crafts at the Market house in Monaghan Town an exhibition of locally handcrafted gifts from hand woven scarves, ceramics  jewellery and original works of art

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Swallow Studios are getting festive

Creative ideas for Christmas get making ,silkpainting, felting and card making workshops on Saturday 20th november 2-6 pm
interested phone 0429746614

Having fun at Halloween

French group getting creative at Halloween

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Winter Sale at Swallow Studios starts Thursday 4th Nov 11am

Get Christmas gifts early

Some crafty ideas for Christmas

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250g hanks of boucle wool, Mohair and angora blend

Get colourful !

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Colours to Dye For

I read yesterday that this week is wool week in the Uk, So I thought it sounded like a good idea a natural product that doesn’t harm the planet a product that can get people doing, making and creating.

 It is amazing how fulfilling you feel wearing your very own hand knitted or chrochet scarf
So with this in mind I added some knit kits and crochet kits to my website Continue reading

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Many Hands make light work

Many hands make light work

A few weeks ago myself and Liz had quite a mad afternoon involving paint wool and wax, You may think to yourself that sounds like a normal day at SwallowStudios !

children painting

But throw in 20 or so primary school children and that is when the madness happens.

The children came to see a work of art in progress not just any old work of art but their very own newly commissioned wall hanging to be hung in the new entrance to the school
Visiting the workshop they got hands on experience and a good feel of the whole creative process. They were only too eager to get their hands, faces, uniforms and what ever else covered in paint, Oh to be young and creative they had know inhibitions it was straight down to business with lots of colour and plenty of fun.

All had ago at tapestry weaving, painting and batik, working as a team they created some art pieces to take back to school a good day was had by all myself and Liz included even though we were a little tired !

Another step in the creative quest by Swallow Studios to get everybody involved!

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Dip dyed Yarn

New at Swallow studios one off dip dyed yarns in 250g balls enough to make your jown unique scarf or shawl

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