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Episode 001 - Mairead McCormack

Textile Artist Mairead McCormack from Randalstown, County Antrim features in the first of five maker conversations in series one of Making Conversations Podcast.

Mairead speaks honestly about her journey into becoming a maker, discusses the processes and inspirations behind her work, opportunities she has recently undertaken and her aspirations for the future. We loved recording with Mairead, have a listen to this fantastic episode below and find further information via the links too.



Graduating in 2016 with a First Class Honours Degree in Textile Art, Design and Fashion, Mairead is a Textile Artist currently based in Canada.

Inspiration stems from artifacts from the past and Mairead is particularly interested in objects which reveal part of history, add to a narrative, or bear a small relevance to the world we live in today. She explores the fragile beauty in the disintegration of tangible paper objects such as books, letters and money and aims to highlight the pace at which society is evolving, which has resulted in the intangibility of these objects. 

Working mainly with Irish linen, Mairead investigates ways of bringing a human element into her work through embroidery. 

"This allows me to sew a seam, draw thread, darn a hole and mend in order to add to the work. I aim to sustain traditions of labour-intensive and well-made work within textiles."

Mairead also uses collage to juxtapose imagery and give a new meaning to the otherwise banal objects and allow the viewer to question the story behind each piece. 

The nostalgic aesthetic and attention to detail in itself is a stark contrast to the modern, fast paced environment we live in today. 

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