FINTAN MULHOLLAND
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ABOUT

FINTAN MULHOLLAND EXHIBITS HIS UNIQUE VISION THROUGH KNITWEAR IN AN ORGANIC WAY. SIGNATURE DESIGNS ARE RECOGNIZED BY THEIR STRIKING SCULPTURAL SILHOUETTES, SUBTLE TEXTURED PATTERNS AND EXQUISITELY HANDCRAFTED FINISHES. ALL MATERIALS USED AS THE STARTING POINT FOR THE DESIGNS TO TAKE SHAPE IN THE MOST NATURAL WAY. THE DESIGNS ARE HANDCRAFTED USING NATURAL YARNS SUCH AS LAMBSWOOL, ALPACA, LINEN AND CASHMERE.

"MY WORK EXPLORES A RANGE OF TECHNIQUES THAT ENABLE ME TO USE THE CRAFT OF KNIT TO EXPLORE NEW FORMS TAKING THE MEDIUM TO ITS LIMITS. I TAKE INSPIRATION FROM THEORIES OF PREHISTORY THROUGH TO REPRESENTATIONS OF SCIENCE FICTION AND AIM TO PUSH AN ANCIENT CRAFT TO THE LIMITS OF DESIGN WITH THE USE OF MODERN TECHNIQUES AND TECHNOLOGY.I AIM TO COMMUNICATE THE FEEL OF THE COLLECTION THROUGH THE SENSES OF TOUCH AND SIGHT. MY ASSESSMENT OF MATERIALS AND THE CHOICES I MAKE ENABLES ME TO ADD TEXTURE AND FORMS THAT I SEE IN MY CONCEPT AND ADD THEM INTO THE FABRIC FORMING THE GARMENT - THESE TEXTURES THEN LEND THEMSELVES TO THE SENSORY AND VISUAL ASPECT OF MY GARMENTS. HAVING CONTROL OF THE MATERIALS AND MACHINERY ENABLE ME TO TAKE MY TWO-DIMENSIONAL IDEAS INTO THREE-DIMENSIONAL FORMS, ALLOWING ME TO EXPLORE AND EFFECT THESE IDEAS FREELY AND PRODUCE THEM EFFICIENTLY."


AFTER COMPLETING A BA IN TEXTILE ART, DESIGN WITH FASHION FROM BELFAST SCHOOL OF ART AND COMPLETING A MA IN FASHION KNITWEAR DESIGN NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY, FINTAN PRODUCES HIGH QUALITY, INNOVATIVE DESIGNS USING ONLY NATURAL MATERIALS. HIS WORK EXPLORES A RANGE OF TECHNIQUES USING THE CRAFT OF KNIT TO EXPLORE NEW FORMS, CREATING SCULPTURAL KNITWEAR USING NATURAL FIBRES. CHANGING IDEALS LIE AT THE HEART OF HIS WORK BY USING KNIT ALONG WITH STRONG CONCEPTS AID NEW FORMS OF HIS SELF-EXPRESSION AND THAT THESE, IN TURN, LEAD TO NEW OUTCOMES OF THE DESIGN PROCESS.

BROWN THOMAS CREATE 2016

IRISH DESIGN INSTITUTE EMERGING FASHION DESIGNER WINNER 2015

IRISH DESIGN INSTITUTE SUSTAINABLE PRODUCT COMMENDED 2015

BATSFORD PRIZE FINALIST 2015

IRISH DESIGN INSTITUTE GRADUATE FASHION DESIGN CATEGORY WINNER 2014

INIS MEÁIN CREATIVE KNITWEAR AWARD WINNER 2014