Described by Collette as “her winter sport”, her love for needlework, quilting and fabrics began at an early age. She made her first ever quilt at the tender age of eleven, which was made from the skirts, dresses and shirts of herself and her three sisters.
Collette’s work is largely influenced by her love of gardening, the natural flora of the Irish countryside and the cacophony of wild flowers which augment its landscape. These pieces are further enhanced by the use of beads, old jewellery, intricate needlework and embellishments.
Much of her work is commission based, from traditional patchwork quilts to bespoke wall hangings. These are exceptionally special creations unique to each owner, as they supply much of the material for the piece, for example – pieces of a wedding dress/shirt, baby’s first bonnet, clothes that the children have grown out of, logos, flags, initials and patches of fabric that are of significance to the individual only.
In November, 2009 she successfully held her first solo exhibition at Teach Ban Nua, Artists Gallery, Drumcliffe, Sligo. If you are interested in contacting Collette please do not hesitate to do so on 086 2022 061.
Collette is currently working a new collection of pieces.