Serena O'Neill is an emerging textile designer working in various mediums including textiles, illustration, digital print, drawing and painting.
After receiving her First Class Honours Degree in Textile Design from the Centre for Creative Arts and Media, Galway in 2010, Serena has been involved in various exhibitions including the RDS Crafts Competition, New Designers & 'ONE Year On' London, 'Second Skin' at The National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny Castle and at 'Selvedge' Magazine HQ in London.
Serena was shortlisted for The New Designer of the Year Award 2010 at the Graduate Design showcase event 'New Designers' held in Islington and also awarded The Selvedge Magazine award for Excellence in Textile Design. Since then she has worked on new collections in Scotland and more recently from Sample-Studios in Cork City.
This series is inspired by the Irish folklore that surrounds Saint Gobnait, the patron saint of Bee's and Bee Keeping. Harry Clarke's depiction of the saint which resides locally in The Honan Chapel of St. Finbarr at The University College Cork Campus is distinct and unique in style. Clarke's work as an exceptionally skilled draftsman is an endless source of creative inspiration and has helped inform the production of this body of work.