A graduate of University of Ulster, Caóilfíonn Murphy O’Hanlon’s original training was in Photography which led her to capture the landscape around her and created an addiction to light, form and colour. Subsequent study of Millinery, under numerous international tutors, encouraged an exploration of evolving textiles and new materials, merging traditional skills with modernity.
Her textile work is a quirky organic fusion of natural fibres, found objects and upcycled fabrics. Discovering the versatility of feltmaking was a revelation to me as artistic expression. I found it soon became my therapeutic, go to textile medium instantly connecting me to the landscape at my door and allowing me to translate the textures, form and sense of place in my work drawing on past bonds and imbuing memories into each piece.
Caóilfíonn creates wearable art pieces in nuno felt, wall hangings and sculptural felt. More recently she has been working within Community Arts teaching textile workshops. Her textile art has been shipped nationally and internationally, a visual reminder of a special place…home. As well as her home studio you can also find Caoilfionn at her studio in Bridge Street Studios, she is also a founding member or the ROGHA arts collective and a member of Feltmakers Ireland.