Lucy Erridge’s cottage in Adare is home to what she likes to call ‘Human Created Art’ – it’s a place where you can immerse yourself in fine craftsmanship and design excellence.
The cottage offers a warm welcome to all visitors and extends an invitation to take time to enjoy the individuality of the artisan craft pieces and knitwear displayed.
‘Realizing the value of the handmade helps us to re-define what beauty is in today’s world of supersonic speed and technology. I love the individuality of hand creation by designers, says Lucy – pieces that are not quite perfect and cannot be exactly reproduced. It’s really interesting to see the individual brush strokes of a painter or the trade mark stitches of a knitter.
Lucy is a textile designer who uses pattern and texture to create depth with her knitwear designs, both in the quality and handle of fibres used and in the variety and warmth of colours selected.
Lucy has been designing her own knitwear collections for almost 35 years since attaining an MA in knitwear from the Royal College of Art (London). She is constantly inspired by Ireland’s flora and fauna, seascapes and landscapes.
‘For me building , creating and experimenting with new textiles, textures and patterns helps me feel energized, content and in harmony with my surroundings, says Lucy and I enjoy the anticipation of seeing the final design’