Bricolage Quilts is a small design studio based in Holywood, Co.Down.
It has developed through a gradual process and is the culmination of a life spent in architecture + design. Bricolage represents a piecing together of local Irish linens, to create contemporary quilts and homewares.
Its influences come from a strong design background, the power of Irish nature, the inherent natural qualities of the linen cloth used and the familiar heritage of plant-dyeing processes.
'For do-good decor, try the linens from Northern Ireland’s Bricolage...we love its 100% linen cutlery holders' Jane McFarland, The Sunday Times Feb 2020
'Combining Irish linens and hand-stitching, the small studio creates quilts that feel both traditional and contemporary...' The New Craftsmen, 2020
'Since its formation, Bricolage has been our go-to for linen tableware...understated, beautiful, well-made + durable' Ox Belfast, Michelin Star Restaurant
'...intrinisically Irish and unique' Manchan Mangan, The Irish Times Magazine
Bricolage is moving...from mid October 2021 you'll find me here on the 2nd Floor, in this special building on North Street in Belfast with other special collaborators. You'll be able to visit my working studio + a new linen store!
...more to come
I was delighed to be part of this wonderful exhibition at the Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh, celebrating contemporary design in flax fibre and linen. Along with the exhibition, there were Twilight Talks and educational walking tours. Find out more about Our Linen Stories here
and how to get involved in future events.
Bricolage Workshop testimonials
'As a participant on a Bricolage Quilt workshop I was delighted with the quilt I made. Sinead is a talented + generous tutor sharing her skills + knowledge freely, in a size of class which enables her to give time to everyone'
'Bricolage quilting workshops are a refreshing way to learn about quilting, in a relaxed environment, with a skillful + knowledgeable teacher. Sinead demonstrates techniques + methods to allow you to complete a quilt from start to finish. I am happily moving on to new stages of my quilting journey!'
2018 marked the Northern Ireland Linen Biennale
- a true celebration of Irish linen in all its contemporary forms. Bricolage was there with a very special series of quilts, created specially for the event for the Lost in Linen
exhibition at the Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, N.Ireland. R-Space Gallery
in Lisburn led the event with a 3 month festival of events, stimulating discussion, interpretation and celebration of Irish linen in an international context. The main Conference took place on 3rd + 4th October 2018
This event took place in conjunction with R-Space Gallery Lisburn, Arts Council NI, British Council NI and CraftNI.
As part of August Craft Month, I participated in the annual open studio exhibition at Frocess Yard, featuring locally crafted work of up to 15 artists. 'Art in a byre' ran alongside several specialist workshops, including macrame with Astrl Fibres
willow weaving with Alison Fitzgerald
and spoon carving with Stephen Ryan.
Bricolage participated in a very exciting series of exhibitions and talks, celebrating "the versatility of linen and flax in the context of our transnational heritage". Starting in Edinburgh, Bricolage was one of 12 contemporary designers from Scotland, Ireland and the Netherlands chosen to showcase the contemporary use of linen in design and making.
A series of Twilight talks discussed this most precious of resources and debate the potential of flax as a a contemporary material in a new creative industry.
The exhibition will then travel throughout Scotland, to Ireland and the Netherlands.
Bricolage was invited to participate in Crafted Vancouver in May 2018, so was travelling afar! I was involved in quilt workshops, group discussions and sharing knowledge on designing and making using 'the aristocrat of textiles' - our very special Irish linen. It was a very special invitation indeed. More information to follow on the journal!
Events took place across the city, including the VanDusen Botanical Gardens, Heritage Hall and the Pipeshop at the Shipyards, Vancouver.
This event was in partnership with the Canadian Crafts Federation, Craft Council of British Columbia and Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver.
was nominated in the HOME section of the Irish Country Magazine Irish Made Awards.
Unfortunately we did not win...this time!....but a big thank you for anyone who did take the time to vote