One to Watch: The painterly prints of designer Niamh Daniels
Niamh Daniels designs beautiful silk scarves and kimonos that have quickly become renowned for their vibrant colours and unique designs. Based in Co. Galway, in the west of Ireland, Niamh has a Masters Degree in Textile Print Design and combines her skills as a designer and artist in her collection of scarves which exhibit a fluid painterly quality. The designer paints on canvas and the images are then scanned (and, at times, manipulated digitally) thus retaining the brush strokes and movement associated with oil painting.
Niamh will exhibit at Showcase for the second time as part of the Leo exhibition area on the Balcony at the RDS in 2019. Last year was a great success for the designer who exhibited with the Galway Leo, her work attracting attention and orders all year from visitors who spotted her work at the show in 2018. Her designs appeals particularly to craft and museum buyers who are attracted to the painterly quality of her work. Her stockists include the Milwaukee Art Museum in the USA, as well as esteemed visitor attractions and luxury hotels including the world-famous Kylemore Abbey and Glenlo Abbey Hotel for whom Niamh also designed scarves for the hotel staff.
For Showcase 2019 Niamh Daniels will present her new collection inspired by life under water. “I focused on my colourful, abstract style of painting to convey the movement of water and the beautiful colours of various sea creatures onto silk,” says Niamh. “I used oyster shells, seaweed, sea anemones, electric eels, sea currents and the way shafts of sunlight look underwater as inspiration for this collection. I love the ocean and am a real water baby. I love swimming, snorkelling and kayaking and get endless inspiration from the Atlantic Ocean.”
Niamh has a variety of sizes of scarves in her collection as follows:
Pocket squares: 32cm x 32cm; Neckerchiefs: 60cm x 60cm; Large square scarves: 90cm x 90 cm; Long rectangular scarves: 42cm x 180cm and Large long rectangular scarves: 68cm x 180cm.
View Niamh Daniels’ collection at Stand F37 on the Balcony.