Karena Ryan is an award winning Visual Artist from County Galway. A constant strand in her practice is the history of place, the land
Karena is a proud partner of the Galway Wool Co Operative and uses Irish grown wool in her sustainable practice.
She designs and makes by hand from her studio in the West of Ireland, a stone's throw from the Wild Atlantic Way.
She combines hand felted wool with stitch and works with Irish linens, tweeds and vintage Foxford blankets.
Karena has a sustainable practice and repurposes fabrics and materials in her art.
"For me, textiles and fibres, in particular vintage heritage fabrics hold an invaluable narrative. The warp and weft holding memories of untold stories"
This is a limited edition giclee print of an original hand embroidered textile artwork. Professionally printed onto Hahnemühle Photo Rag® paper . This white cotton artist’s paper has a soft feel lending each artwork a three-dimensional appearance and impressive pictorial depth.
“Hold on Tight” has been inspired by a vintage photograph of my aunts on Enniscrone beach in County Sligo in the 1960’s. I believe we can all relate to this child and /or “mother figure”.
The original piece features hand beading, hand stitching, embroidery using Irish linen on a vintage Foxford woollen blanket. These nostalgic blankets were a staple in our grandparents and our own homes. The iconic blanket was as resilient as the people who owned them -a strong comforting presence that connects me to my childhood.
With the Design & Crafts Council Ireland