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Stylish Homes with Ciran Sweeney - American Country cottage

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Today is the fourth installment of our "Stylish Homes" strand. Our first week saw us look at the stunning "Art Deco" themed home of Laura Barnes and family, we then looked at Ireland's most Eco friendly apartment. Last week we saw the stunning church conversion in Mayo and this week we get a flavour of shabby chic as we check out a beautiful American style country cottage.

Ciaran Sweeney:
Ciarán Sweeney trained at The National College of Art and Design, Dublin where he majored in printed textiles.
Within a year of graduation in 1994, the former waiter, staged his first one man show 'The Drowning of Ophelia 'in a Dublin gallery. The show received rave reviews, a packed audience and his story began to unfold.
At the age of 26 British Vogue described Sweeney as a leading light of Irish fashion, he works in a highly labour intensive almost ancient manner. All Ciaran's pieces start with a drawing he then dyes, prints, paints and embellishes his garments and accessories with his drawings.

Sweeney works from his studio in The Liberties area of Dublin city, he works on a 7 metre table on some of the most precious fabrics and fibres from around the world. He is most known for his use of 19th century silk screen textile print methods.
Over the last 12 years Sweeney has gone on to show his work in The United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, France, The USA, The United Arab Emirates and 2006 marked Sweeney's first show in Moscow, Russia.

In February of 2006, Sweeney exhibited in Madrid, representing Ireland in a unique show of international designers entitled 'Men in skirts' which ran in Retiro Park, Madrid and included John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier,and Vivienne Westwood.
In the same month was awarded a medal at The American Design Awards, California, USA.

The list of owners of Ciarán Sweeney creations includes The President of Ireland, Madonna, Elton John, Kylie Minogue, The Corrs, Moya Brennan, Altan, Dinah Carrol, Brenda Belthyn. His corporate clients include Guinness, Smirnoff, PGA, Irish Distillers, Nokia, The Ulster Museum, Vodafone.

He has designed ranges in fashion and home for international outlets including Harrods, Liberty and Brown Thomas. Ciaran Sweeney also acts as Producer of the National College of Art and Design Graduate Show annually since 2000.
Ciaran is currently working on a interior collection for Gallery 13, Los Angeles and continues to show his work both in fashion and interiors in Ireland and abroad. Sweeney is a regular contributor on design and lifestyle issues in print and tv media and also lectures in the department of visual culture in The National College of Art Dublin.

Learn from a Master
This five week course will introduce you to the world of fashion and
textile making with Award winning Irish Fashion, Textile Artist and
Designer Ciaran Sweeney. You will leave the course with your very own
designed silk scarf and tshirt

Ciarán has worked with national and international clients and celebrities
over the last decade including Brenda Blethyn, Jackie Collins, Moya Brennan, President Mary MacAleese, The Corrs and
many more, view
Come and learn from Ciarán at his studio , a great alternative to the gym,
you will learn about colour, dyes and fabrics and meet some interesting
people along the way
The course will run from May 4th for 5 weeks every Monday evening
at Ciarán Sweeney Studio, Newmarket Square
6-8pm. Introductory price 400 euro
for further info or tel 086813803

How we recreate the look in studio is with the following pieces:

1. On the walls:-
Washable Matt Emulsion, Crown Paints colours for 2009
White Photoframe, €10, Dunnes Stores

2. Lighting:-
Lamp, €169.95, Avoca
lamp, €179.95, Avoca
Tiffany stained glass light, Dunnes Stores

3. Furniture:-
Windsor dresser, €245, Dunnes Stores
Rustic 2 drawer, €95, Dunnes Stores
Wicker chair, €TBC, Dunnes Stores
Blanket Box, €309, Harvey Norman
Columbia range 2 seater, €350, Dunnes Stores

4. Throws & soft furnishings:-
Avoca Blanket, €49.95, The Kilkenny Shop
Twiggy "Salisbury" quilt, €60, Dunnes Stores
Fabrics, from €20 per metre, Cath Kidston, Dundrum
Chocolate textures chenille cushion, €7, Dunnes Stores

5. Bits N' Bobs:-
Rose pattern delph, €TBC, Avoca
Coat hanger and 6 hooks, €34.95, Avoca
Nicolas Moss pottery set, The Kilkenny Shop
Photo frames from €29.95, The Kilkenny Shop
Terracotta chenille magazine holder, €30, Dunnes Stores
Rachel Allen kitchen pack, €25, The Kilkenny Shop
White photo frame 5 x 7 €10 Dunnes Stores
Cream jewelled pillar €8 Dunnes Stores
Natural laundry basket €25 Dunnes Stores

. Washable Matt Emulsion, Crown Paints colours for 2009
. White Photoframe, €10, Dunnes Stores
. Lamp, €169.95, Avoca
. Windsor dresser, €245, Dunnes Stores
. Blanket Box, €309, Harvey Norman
. Twiggy "Salisbury" quilt, €60, Dunnes Stores
. Fabrics, from €20 per metre, Cath Kidston
. Chocolate textures chenille cushion, €7, Dunnes Stores
. Nicolas Moss pottery set, from The Kilkenny Shop