Hello, I’m Fabienne and whilst I’m originally from France, I’ve been living in Ireland for many years now. Mellowgoat Studio is my creative textile art studio and my passion, a tactile journey.
I have always been fascinated with textiles and I was surrounded by fabric and thread early on as my mother was a dressmaker. Textiles have now become central to my work, not only as a material but as a mean of expression.
My background is in Interior Architecture/Design and it’s from there that I developed an interest in shapes and simple forms. I also studied Embroidery, Drawing, Textile Printing, Mixed Media in NCAD Dublin (National College Art & Design).
I draw inspiration from my environment, my observations and the connections to people, past and present. I am particularly intrigued by the impact of time on our surroundings and materials, creating pattern and textural effects which reflect our unique experiences. I combine thead, printing, natural dyeing to explore these connections and capture the effects of time. This results in minimal, textural wall art and sculptural pieces.
By the way, if you are wondering… ‘GOAT’ is the abbreviation for Gabrielleonathread, a previous blog I started years ago. Gabrielle was my grand-mother’s name and I was very close to her growing up. As I always liked that name too, it naturally ended up in my blog’s name!
I hope you’ll enjoy the journey with me,