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Silver Shore

Linen and Silk, 630mm x 1860mm, 2014

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Sunrise Over Bogland

Materials: Silk, Cashmere, linen, 430mm x 1800mm, 2013

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Dark Hedges: A journey of love and loss

Silk, Cashmere, Linen, 450mm x 1900mm, 2013

textiles/paper/calligraphy
teicstílí/páipéar/calligraphy

Brendan Joseph Madden

Having studied textiles at the National College of Art and Design, (NCAD) Dublin, Brendan Joseph Madden always wanted to start his own business. Inspired by his grandfather, who was a blind basket maker and his own love of art, the idea of developing a range of wearable art pieces of scarfs and bow ties was formed.

 

  • My artwork has always been about touch. My grandad was blind and he was also a basket weaver, which is incidental, he would see with his hands. All my art has been very tactile.

 

After graduating from NCAD, Dublin, Brendan went to London and enrolled in a cabinet-making course where he built his own loom and designed it so that he could easily carry it with him on the train and ferry back to Ireland. He started trading in early 2015 after spending two years developing a range of woven silk scarfs. Realising that it was not sustainable to create his pieces on his own loom he then had to develop relationships with Irish mills to enable the business to grow. This was something he found both a challenge and a rewarding exercise.

 

  • My hope is that in my woven pieces and their stories, people will begin to see with all their senses – eyes open or closed  they’ll notice and enjoy the subtle beauty all around them, wearing with joy their portable portals to the splendor of Ireland. Ireland is the earthly source of so much of my inspiration, and for me it’s crucially important to produce here, and for authenticity to be a core value in what I do.
  • Limiting myself, for the most part, to wearable woven products makes it hard for people to see the level of artwork and craftsmanship involved. I resolve my concepts as compositions rather than collections, and have begun to document the processes and inspirations behind this, making public my private journal, so that through seeing the path the ideas take from raw inspiration to woven artwork, people will understand the process by which I distill my sources, and see the pieces for what they are, rather than merely as coloured thread woven into fashion pieces.

Brendan’s range includes scarves, neck ties, pocket squares and shawls.

Selected Awards

2014
Future Makers Awards – Shortlisted
2013
Accessory Designer of the Year, Nominee, Fashion Innovation Awards
2012
Future Makers Awards – Shortlisted
2011
Golden Fleece Award Merit Prize – Shortlisted

 

 

Selected Exhibitions

2015
Creative Island, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, RDS, Dublin
2014
National Craft Awards, RDS, Dublin & Hunt Museum, Limerick
2013
Featured Designer in VSO Chic @ Shelbourne charity fashion show
RDS Craft Competition & Travelling Exhibition, Omagh, Co. Tyrone & Ballymena, Co Antrim
2010
Graduate Showcase Gallery, Knitting & Stitching Show, RDS, Dublin
Graduate Show, National College of Art & Design

Contact Details:

Brendan Joseph Madden
Brendan Joseph Studio,
1A Ormond Road South,
Rathmines,
Dublin 6
D06 K026

T. +353 (0)86 384 1722
E. brendan@brendanjoseph.com
www.brendanjoseph.com