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ELEANOR ROCHE


The Leaves of Aragon, 2017, Eleanor Roche, photo courtesy of the RDS 

Eleanor Roche's work as a craftsperson, brings together a range of traditional skills and finds creative ways to redeploy them, making everything from bags to sculptures. She has received recognition for her work, winning awards and participating in exhibitions throughout England and Ireland. 

As a child Eleanor was inspired by her grandmother's skills as a seamstress and tailor. In 1999 she decided to join an NCAD night class in Creative Embroidery, which rekindled her interest in textiles. This was quickly followed by more workshops and finally led to her completing the Diploma in Stitched Textiles from City & Guilds.

Today Eleanor follows her grandmother's example in her working method:  each piece she produces must look well, work well and be very well finished. From very simple ingredients she creates fabrics and sculptural forms.

Eleanor is both a traditionalist and a radical. She wants to look to the past while finding new territory for textiles. She believes that it is through discovering and exploring traditional techniques that each craftsperson will find their unique voice. In 2009, with Hilary Bell, she founded Dublin Creative Textiles in order to  pass on their shared knowledge to likeminded people. 

Qualifications

Diploma in Stitched Textiles from City & Guilds

Certificate in Stitched Textiles from City & Guilds

Exhibitions:

2017 R.D.S. National Craft Competition Exhibition, R.D.S. Dublin

2016 R.D.S. National Craft Competition Exhibition, R.D.S. Dublin

2014 Entwined Memories Exhibition, Craft Council of Ireland, Textile Exhibition

2013 Pattern, Craft Council of Ireland, Textile Exhibition

2012 R.D.S/Craft Council of Ireland, National Craft Competition Exhibition, R.D.S Dublin

2011 Pearse Museum, Irish Guild of Embroiderers.

2010 R.D.S/Craft Council of Ireland, National Craft Competition Exhibition, R.D.S Dublin

2009 Chocolate Exhibition, NGG Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin

2009 R.D.S./ Crafts Council of Ireland Competition

2009 R.D.S./ Crafts Council of Ireland Competition Prize Winners Travelling

2009 Birr Theatre and Arts Centre, Birr, Co. Offaly, Ireland

2009 Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland

2009 Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland.

Awards:

2003 Night Student Award, National College of Art and Design, Dublin

2009 2nd place Feltmaking, R.D.S./Craft Council of Ireland, National Crafts competition, Dublin