As a knitwear designer my designs reflect a persistent desire to create highly textured, hand manipulated, colourful knitwear. I am fascinated by process and discovery. My inspiration stems from a remarkable year on Inis Meáin, one of the Aran Islands. This remote experience was the largest influence on my collection. As an ‘adopted’ islander I immersed myself in island life. A life which was laid back and carefree, like the island inhabitants. I was captivated by the array of colours found In this seemingly grey, rocky landscape. Fisherman’s tools such as the lobster pots, ropes and nets that adorned the old pier provided a surprising burst of colour. Using intense hues and hand dying yarns, I achieved a colour palette which reflected the individual, dynamic characteristics of the island people. Fishing plays such an integral role in island existence that i wanted to explore the traditional oilskins and fisherman’s outerwear. Inspired by their traditional clothing, considering shape and fabric qualities allowed me to produce an innovative collection. Luxurious yarns such as baby alpaca and silk and organic pima cotton have been used to enhance warmth and comfort. This mix of soft luxurious inlay techniques combined with laminated knitwear allows me to encapsulate the indigenous nature of island life.