Her overall concept is called Hypnose and in her degree show she showcased three of her favourite pieces, all digitally printed on silk habotai (a flowing lightweight fabric with a soft, smooth drape, even weave and glossy finish), after which she added laser-manipulated leather accessories.
“It was very intricate in the design process, as I had up to 3000 layers in one of my prints alone, which is basically the equivalent of two weeks on photoshop,” says Sinéad.
“I would describe my graduate work as being multifaceted, emotive, and slightly eerie.
“My inspirations come from everywhere, my graduate work was derived from Freudian theories, and trips to the London Natural History Museum.
“But at the minute I’m taking my inspiration from my hometown in Donegal. I’ve literally just been in fields being snap happy and drawing.”
As for the future, Sinéad admits to be slightly daunted but has a couple of things in the pipeline including a designer-in-residency post in the University of Ulster, starting this month.
“I’m also going to set up a web page and design casual tees, leggings and body suits etc within the next few months. Along with that I’ll be teaching a few modules in the university and selling any prints I can on design websites, which is really what I have been doing all summer. Thank goodness for the internet!
“I’m torn between two careers though, to teach, or to move to London and design. But hopefully this year will set me straight.”
Whatever she chooses to do, we know she’s make a fabulous success of it.
Some of Sinead’s designs can be seen and bought at Proof Pop-up Boutique, 1b Jameson Street, Ormeau Road from Saturday, 22nd October and you can find her blog at http://hypnosedesign.blogspot.com.
Photos by Jessica Webber.