Pirate Queen: Sunset

I started mulling over this print when we were road tripping around the west coast last summer and happened upon the remains of the Cara na Mara on the beach at Bunbeg.


I love ruins, wrecks and derelict buildings- I wonder who lived and worked there and what kind of lives revolved around these now decaying structures. Looking at the shipwreck made me think about life on the sea, and reminded me of stories of the Irish Pirate Queen, Gráinne Mhaol (Grace O’Malley), a sea-faring sixteenth century chieftan and trader, the Sea Queen of Connacht.


I wanted the print to reflect the open sea, the myriad of blues in the tempestuous ocean and the never-ending sky, the orange and yellows of the sun setting on the horizon.

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The white horse illustration represents the waves crashing on the side of her ship, as well as appearing on her family crest. This scarf features the iconic words of the inimitable Irish writer and wit, Oscar Wilde..’One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art’.



14 November 15 – Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Derry City and Strabane District Council present Fashion Fest 2015 at St Columb’s Hall.



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Details: Ltd edition of 300, 100% silk with a handrolled edge, 130cm x 130cm, £180

Please note that due to the nature of silk and with the scarves being printed in small batches that colours can vary slightly, although we try our best to ensure continuity. Due to this and computer/ phone screen settings the colours can look a little different to above. If you require a specific colour or shade we would advise purchasing from one of our retailers so you can view the product in real life before purchase.

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