Reflection on a Puddle

cotton warp, worsted wool, silk, and cotton weft. All fine yarns blended together, 60 x 62cm, 2014


Songs Sung and Stories Told

cotton warp, worsted wool and shredded paper for the weft, 53 x 73cm, 2014
Photographer, Claire Frances


Ghosts of the sea

cotton warp, wool weft, 45 x 92cm, 2013
Photographer, Michelle Hurson


Frances Crowe

A graduate of The National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Fibre Artist Francis Crowe is based in Roscommon, Ireland. Her inspiration comes from the landscapes and the surroundings of her country studio. She work in a variety of materials, paint, collage, mixed media – but her primary thought process is in fibres. She collects materials such as wool, rope, cotton: twisting and weaving them together to form individual, original works of art.
“The art of handwoven tapestry is many thousands of years old and the technique has remained virtually unchanged. What has changed and evolved over the centuries is the way in which the medium is used, the purity of its design and execution and the esteem it commands in society as a whole. Working in the medium of tapestry demands many days and months of solitary labour in the production of one piece, but it is this very thing that I love. My work deals with the landscape of time, place and memories. I am inspired by traditional working processes, and connections with generations past. The three main components that drive my arts practice are: primarily the expression of an idea, the physical act of creation, and the material exploration. The subjects of my work have to engage me on an emotional as well as an intellectual level, enabling me to peruse them for many months or years. Discovering a materials individual characteristic and how they can support my concepts, has a strong appeal to me.”


Office of Public Works
Numerous private collections nationally and internationally

Selected Awards

National Crafts Competition, RDS, first prize winner
 Roscommon County Council, Artists Support

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions:

Threading Water, Grennan Mill, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Full Circle, Strokestown Park House, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon
Down to Earth, Atrium Gallery, Co. Longford
Rain Forest Walk, The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
           Interconnections, South Tipperary Arts Centre, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
Linear Dynamics, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford

Group Exhibitions:

Faces, Touring tapestry exhibition, Scotland, Denmark & Irelandy
             Entwined Memories at The Knitting & Stitching Show, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, RDS, Dublin
Male/female tapestry, Woven tapestry, Grennan mill, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
           RDS Winners exhibition touring Northern Ireland
           Woven into Memory, Blue Egg Gallery, Co. Wexford
           Sea Journeys, Touring tapestry exhibition, Scotland, Denmark & Ireland
Beauty in Nature at The Knitting & Stitching Show, Crafts Council of Ireland, RDS, Dublin, Ballyroan Library, Rathfarnham, Dublin. Atrium Gallery, Sligo & Craft Granary, Cahir, Co. Tipperary
Converging Elements, Contemporary Tapestry Artists, National Craft Gallery, Co. Kilkenny
          RDS Winners Exhibition, Touring Show
          Seascapes at The Knitting & Stitching Show, Crafts Council of Ireland, RDS, Dublin

Contact Details:

Frances Crowe

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