A little about us
Fiadh, (pronounced fia), means deer in Irish, and relates to the ancient Irish word for ‘wild’, is the founder of the brand, Fiadh Woven Design. The store and workshops are based in Dingle where Fiadh and her a great team make and sell the most beautiful woven accessories and garments.
Fiadh is a textile designer and hand-weaver who is passionate about the marriage of inspired design and skilled craftsmanship. With a degree in textiles from NCAD her training was design focused but she made it her mission to learn the craft of weaving from the masters and use traditional weaves to create contemporary design. Through the mediums of photography and weaving, Fiadh aspires to illustrate the value of timeless design, sensitivity to the environment and the importance of having a close connection to the land and sea.
“I see unusual yet beautiful pattern and colour combinations in nature and incorporate them into my design work and as the seasons change so do my collections.”
Fiadh's designs are informed by the intriguing colour and pattern combinations of the area; she regularly undertakes explorations and photographic expeditions around the inspirational landscapes of the West Coast of Ireland. She likes to find unusual patterns and colours in indigenous plants that are off the beaten track
“My siblings and I grew up in quite a creative home environment with little technology and spent a lot of time rambling about the fields and beaches of West Kerry. I think this environment really encouraged our imagination and for me it instilled a want to explore, gather and build things. In a way, fortunately, that has not changed.”
Using only the highest quality yarn sourced from from spinners in Ireland, the UK and Italy, Fiadh and her skilled team make these lovely woven products from scratch. Attention to detail is key and they are always working on improving the designs, with a unique take on traditional weave structures, to make the softest most beautiful pieces that will see you through not just seasons but years of wear.
Fiadh’s ethos is all about creating something beautiful that is made to last, combining a love of fashion with a respect for nature, in relation to both the inspiration and the raw materials it provides. Fiadh designs respect the old and embrace the new.
Fiadh constantly embraces change and challenge - the changing seasons and colours of nature, the challenge of recreating them in weave, paired with the challenge to create something fresh and contemporary, to showcase an ancient craft in a vibrant new way.
“We need to make weaving a thing of the future rather than the past. I believe that this is achievable by respecting and learning the craft from the masters and using design and creativity to make something new and exciting”