Colette uses nib and ink to create intricate colourful drawings creating a contemporary interpretation of the iconic imagery of the Book of Kells. Growing up within the local heritage of the Boyne Valley, Colette’s work is inspired by ancient Celtic art. Having always had a keen interest in the arts,craft and local heritage, Colette embarked on her drawing career in her 30’s following a visit to see the Book of Kells. Her eye was drawn to the precision and detail of the freehand drawings using natural inks. Through her own experimentation and creative development she has brought this ancient art form to the modern era. Her drawings come from a place of deep personal engagement with these historical images bringing them into the modern age where people can appreciate the intricate detail of these ancient works. “Each piece is unique, evolving from a simple line drawing to a finished piece with depth of colour and layers of detail”.
Colette Gough’s work has previously been commissioned by Meath County Council as part of awards for TidyTowns initiative. She has also been commissioned to create a piece for the Australian Ambassador to Ireland on his retirement in 2005. Colette is a regular exhibitor at BrúnaBóinne Visitor Centre and her work has been distributed worldwide. This collection encompasses nature, life and growth depicting Patience, Love and Understanding and the emotional journey we all take through life and relationships. The essence of her art is her interpretation of the symbolism of the artwork in Book of Kells. According to Colette “there are so many hidden metaphors behind the symbols in the Book of Kells. My work is my interpretation of these zoomorphic symbols.”
‘’I learned to knit from my mother before I started school so I could knit before I could write’’
It’s so much fun to create new designs for tea cosies or cute little animals. Taking inspiration from my Mother’s old Knitting patterns and giving them a new modern twist. It elevates a simple child’s cardigan to agift, hand knit with love, for that special new addition to a family.Irish wool is famous all over the world for its quality and warmth. There are a number of local sheep farms that produce a complete sheep to shawl experience. Amazing wool to work with from just up the road.
Colette’s work is available through her website or from
Slane Craft Collective, Co Meath.
The Design Loft, Powerscourt, Wicklow.
The Design House, Carlingford, Co. Louth.
For more information on Colette Gough visit her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ColetteGoughCraft
Contact Colette on 0876152514.