As part of the programme around Global Irish Design Challenge exhibition at the Coach House, Dublin Castle, we present a series of design talks, in which two designers are invited to speak about their innovative projects connecting within a common theme. Fashion Design brings together two perspectives and approaches to designing and producing clothes.
Maria Cárdenas is a third generation tailor who produces contemporary high fashion collections in traditional Irish made linen. Nora O’Murchú is a designer and curator whose recent collaborative project with Hua Shu was to design and create a 3D printed garment investigating how this re-emerging technology is influencing and shaping our world.
Maria Cárdenas' Tailored/Sur Mesure collection with Irish Linen, is contributing to the renaissance of a niche Irish product with a heritage and provenance that is almost unique. Irish Linen is a fabric for our times: a plant and material that are sustainable, with proven qualities beneficial to health and wellbeing, and a vast range of uses. It is part of the weave of history in Ireland and carries with it a true sense of place. Maria Cárdenas works in natural fabrics to create designs in well-defined shapes and with a subtle, wearable, crafted style.
Nora O’Murchú and Hua Shu's THX.OBJ project raises critical questions about the social, economic and political implications of 3D printing technologies. Over the past decade, 3D printing technology has revolutionised the manufacturing industry – enabling designers to create elaborate and intricate shapes, while also redefining the manufacturing process and the fashion industry. The design and development of THX.OBJ took an interdisciplinary approach to model making, using computational python scripts to generate textiles and interwoven garments.