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, pattern and tones. 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 I meet. I am particularly intrigued by the impact of time on our surroundings, creating pattern and textural effects which reflect our unique experiences. Textile work allows me to explore this connection and capture the effects of time. The contemporary and traditional techniques of feltmaking, silk screen printing and embroidery enable me to develop this.
You can visit the following pages where I talk more about these processes, how I work and my background story: Felting , Printing and Embroidery .
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!
Thank you very much for stopping by and I hope you’ll enjoy the journey with me,