‘Threads of Life’ was a significant creative journey, celebrating my life and career in the manufacturing industry in Co. Donegal. The processes of stitching, developing ideas and exploring compositions also reflect my surrounding natural environment providing stimulation and creative inspiration. Materials and techniques used in the textile manufacturing industry symbolise my memories, perceptions and experiences of that time. The core of my design explores ways of creating contemporary garment sculptures, reflecting my manufacturing career and helping me to replicate elements and produce contemporary pieces of art. My collection is designed equally to be worn as it is to be displayed and this process provides the freedom to reinvent and release my creative vision

‘Noir’   – Black Zip Collar 

‘Blanche’ – White Zip Collar 

‘The Lough’ – Blue Zip Collar/Installation 

‘New Beginnings’ – White Zip Necklace/Installation 

‘Bloom’  – Cotton jersey and  raw silk neck piece 

‘Crème’ – Cotton jersey crochet cowl 

‘Chrysler’ – Raw silk neck piece/Installation 

‘Art Cozy’  – Ornamental Tea Cosy



Bernie Murphy displayed her innovative textile creations at the Creative Coast Donegal Exhibition which was facilitated by the Local Enterprise Office, Donegal, in conjunction with the Earagail Arts Festival 2016.


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