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 and adventures at sea, and reminded me of the swashbuckling stories of the Irish Pirate Queen, Gráinne Mhaol (Grace O’Malley), a sea-faring sixteenth century chieftan and trader, the Sea Queen of Connacht.
In Irish legend, Gráinne is known as a strong, formidable woman who overcame boundaries of gender imbalance and bias to fight for the independence of Ireland and protect it against the English crown, whilst the English considered her a brutal and thieving pirate, who controlled the coastlines through intimidation and plunder. She was most certainly the former and quite possibly a little of the latter, but undoubtedly a fascinating character in Irish history and one I’ve always loved. I wanted the print to reflect the colours of a coastal dawn, the soft but vivid pinks and purples and the white crest of the wave.
The white horse illustration represents the waves crashing on the side of her ship, as well as appearing on her family crest and tomb. This scarf features the iconic words of the inimitable Irish poet, WB Yeats. His work and beliefs are a massive influence on my own work.
Details: Ltd edition of 300, 100% silk with a handrolled edge, 130cm x 130cm, £170.
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.