Karena Ryan designs and hand makes each piece in her County Galway studio in the West of Ireland.
She combines free motion embroidery , hand embroidery and beading to create her unique textile artwork that often feature words that are manually typed using her vintage typewriter. She draws inspiration from Irish poetry, literature, music and the Wild Atlantic Way.
Irish tweed, Aran knit, hand dyed linens, vintage fabric and silks are her favourite to work with as they hold a certain narrative and add a touch of nostalgia to each hand made artwork.
Karena is passionate about creating sustainably and this is reflected in her textile art.
"This is one of my favourite small businesses to support. Karena created two beautiful pieces - one for me and one for my parents living in Ireland. The detail is breathtaking. Such an amazing talent. Her communication throughout was fantastic and everything was delivered really quickly I can't wait to buy some treasures from Karena"
— Mary Tyrell Place, UK
"Karena made a beautiful embroidery hoop for me recently as a family gift, she also made a really unique & personal hand made wedding card, she put so much work into both and was greatly appreciated. I would highly recommend Karena for gifts to give or receive!
— Breda Ruane, County Galway
"Karena made some fabulous embroidery hoops for me - one capturing my lovely dog, Molly - which was made into an Xmas Decoration - a perfect memory for years to come. She also made a custom embroidery hoop with a wonderful Oscar Wilde quote on it - just beautiful! Her work is detailed, creative and beautiful.
— Sarah Petersen, Galway