Community School, Co. Cavan
The design “Danú” is inspired by the Celtic Goddess of the forest and woodland animals. They incorporated this theme into their piece by using pine cones, conkers, and foliage that had fallen from trees. These materials show the rebirth and renewal of nature. They wanted autumnal colors of green and brown to represent the beauty of nature and the rich soil of Ireland. The pattern of the jacket was inspired by the native Irish fish, the salmon. The pine cones were placed into a Celtic latène design. The headpiece was inspired by Philip Treacy’s use of media and shapes. Alice Maher’s portrait series aided makeup
Materials Used: The skirt was created from curtains. They collected pinecones and conkers from trees that had fallen in Dun Na Rí forest park. The conkers were attached to the dress by wire after drilling holes in them. They peeled over 900 pinecones to attach them to the jacket. Wire and willow were woven together to create the structures of the handbag and headpiece.