QEST Bendicks Scholar
Textile Designer and Maker
Tara, from Bangor Co. Down, is passionate about British wool and the potential that exists by using locally produced resources to promote British suppliers and help to reinvigorate the sheep farming industry in this country. The award will enable Tara to study a Masters in Textiles at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey, where she studied for a BA Hons in Textiles for Fashion and Interiors. Her research during her degree has led her to focus on British wool and specialist dyeing techniques to create beautiful woven textiles. She has explored dyeing extensively and has created new ways of dyeing warps prior to weaving. The colour mixing is very evocative of the Irish landscapes, from which she takes inspiration.
The Textile Society Student Bursary
Postgraduate Student Award
Tara is passionate about creating fabrics that are sourced from yarn produced in the UK and Ireland. She currently weaves on a 4 shaft countermarch loom using traditional structures like a twill or herringbone, which allow her to maximise the impact of hand painted warps and the subtle blending of colours. She aims to keep pushing the boundaries using traditional techniques with a modern twist as she believes this is what is wanted by the contemporary market. She plans to use the bursary to support the making of a video that will show to others how she works, and raise awareness of the excellent natural and sustainable resources we have so close to home in Britain and Ireland. The judges were impressed by Tara's commitment and passion for her work and that her fabrics have a beauty and integrity that is derived from the colours and landscapes of her native Ireland.