Back in Spain, textile work surrounded Carmen. She grew up in a family of generations of women who were skilful textile artists – Dress makers, embroiderers, lace makers, who also crochet, and knitted.
As a person who “likes making things”, she tried other disciplines -like jewellery making- before deciding that hat making was “her thing”and attended the Grafton Academy to become a milliner.
As a milliner she uses both traditional elements of millinery and more experimental ones when designing and crafting pieces. Her occasion pieces are beautiful, bold and timeless.
Experimenting with different materials brought her to felt making, an art she felt in love with and uses in her casual wear line. She enjoys exploring the tension between opposites, mixing traditional and contemporary, past and present, urban and rural.
Her concern about the impact that the textile industry has both on people’s life around the world and on the environment translates into her hat making as being a caring process. She resources her materials using ethical, sustainable, fair-trade, up cycled materials whenever possible and a policy of no waste is applied to the process. Each piece has a description of its ethical/sustainability record.
The result are hats that feel as good as they look.
Carmen is a member of the Craft Council of Ireland and Feltmakers Ireland.