Artist & designer Róisín Gartland. 12/5/17 Picture Fergal Phillips ©

 Róisín Gartland

set up her studio in 1987 and moved into the Design Tower in 1988 where she has been based ever since. She is an interdisciplinary artist and leather expert whose label is synonymous with high quality design, innovation and, above all, superb craftsmanship. She holds a BFA from IADT and MFA from NCAD.

Róisín’s leather-working skills were developed and honed during the 1970’s and early 1980’s within the vibrant clothing industry in Ireland and also from a short spell working abroad, but her development as a designer and artist are shaped more by her studies in fine art than by fashion. Pattern formation and transformation are fundamental to every process. Her practice does not follow a straight path, instead placing itself at the crossroads between several disciplines: there is no barrier in her mind between design, art, or craft work; in her studio the creative process is all encompassing.

The work is expressive, retaining a strength of character and deep understanding of her materials. Róisín is the recipient of many awards, the most recent: Winner of the Fashion Award Showcase 2015; Winner in the Leatherwork category, National Craft Competition, 2015; Winner Clothing and Covering Award, IDI 2015; Winner in the Leatherwork category, National Craft Competition, 2016; and Selected for DCCOI ‘Portfolio’ 2017/18. Her work is held in several collections including the National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks, Dublin.
Róisín is a registered Mentor with DCCoI. She facilitates workshops for the National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street and holds Leather workshops twice yearly during spring and autumn at her Design Tower studio.