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Some people might think it would be hard for one craft business to stand out in a place like Dingle which is so vibrantly awash with creative talent, but Fiadh Handwoven Products has a quality that sets it apart from the rest.
Fiadh Durham, the person behind the business, has an extraordinary eye for fabric and tone. Fiadh is a real advocate for carving a successful career out of a natural talent and this is very evident in the beauty of her crafts.
We caught up with Dingle’s local weaver…
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I think I'm really lucky that I live in such a beautiful part of the world. My inspiration for colour and pattern is just endless. All I have to do is go for a walk or a drive to a beach or up a hill. And it's not necessarily just landscape, there are indigenous colours and textures that are very diverse all year round. I use that all the time to influence my work and as the seasons change naturally so do my collections.
Why did you choose a Fawn for your logo?
There are a few interesting things about the logo and the label and why I decided to go with the fawn image.
First of all "Fiadh", my name, is the Irish word for "deer" so I wanted to incorporate that into the design somehow. I feel that the simplicity of the fawn image helps people to easily associate it with my woven products. The other interesting thing is that the Irish word for weaver is "Fiodóir" so it's almost like it was meant to be!
The loom looks difficult to operate, can you talk me through your crating process…
I love to demonstrate how set up my loom and how contrasting textures contribute to bringing out a pattern. Setting up the loom is time consuming, but I enjoy the mathematical element to the preparation. Everything has to be planned out really well beforehand to get the pattern right. Only when this stage is complete can the weaving begin.
I find the work process really satisfying. You start with just a colour combination or pattern that you're interested in and then you bring together the materials. You're starting with individual threads and making it into a finished piece. That alone is really satisfying but then someone wears it and loves it so that's doubling up again. That in itself is a huge driving force for me in the business.
Where did your creative flair come from?
Both of my parents are musicians and my sister Sorcha is the instrumentalist in the well-known Dingle band Walking on Cars. I graduated from the National College of Art and Design with a degree in Textiles in 2007. After graduation I went on and worked at a weaving company in the town for five years before setting up my own business in 2013. Before I came across weaving I didn't really have a huge interest in it and she now want to show people how amazing the craft can be.
I want to create products that are new, exciting, contemporary with a real focus on design.
When you’re not out getting inspired by Dingle’s beauty, where can we find you?
You can find me designing and creating my products in the shop/workshop in Dingle, with Oisín, my much-loved dog who is a hugely popular and playful character in the shop.
It is here that I enjoy engaging with my customers, showing them different ways to wear the products which include scarves, blankets and accessories and informing them about my crafts.
I'm privileged in that I love what I do. There are so many rewarding elements of the work. One is having my own business, so I decide what way I want things to go. It has its challenges as well obviously.
Fiadh's shop is located on lower Main Street, Dingle and her products can be ordered online via her website.
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