Artful Summer on the Wild Atlantic Way – Our Artists

Read about our artists in residence, lecturers and workshop leaders for Artful Summer on the Wild Atlantic Way  ~Tactile Textiles, Talks & Tastes~ …

Caroline McNamara is a talented designer with wide experience of organising and motivating a diverse range of creative groups and individuals. A graduate of London College of Communications with postgraduate MA from Norwich University of the Arts.  Well versed in arranging exhibitions, conferences and events including working with the Fashion & Textile Museum, London; Warner Textile Archive, Braintree; Dominion Theatre, London and CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork and Top Floor Art Gallery, Northern Ireland and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen.

Caroline is the Vice Chair of Texere, the Education & Research Association linked to the European Textile Network and a current member of Cork Textile Network, Ireland.

Passion & Legacy II is a reimagining of the original cross-cultural arts project created and curated by Caroline and Dr Lynn Hulse and launched in 2015.


Kate Wigley FRSA

Is the Co-Founder and Director of the School of Textiles following a ten year career as Commercial Manager and Archivist at the Warner Textile Archive, a role which combined working with historical textiles and designs and interpreting them for heritage and commercial opportunities.  She has had the fortune to work closely with the National Trust and English Heritage in reproducing historical textiles for properties, working with royal textiles and with individual interior design houses and designers.  Within the Warner Textile Archive she selected and developed their first range of greeting cards, home ware and soft furnishing textiles using their Collection and has tutored other local museums to help develop their commercial awareness.  Kate has also lectured with national museums such as the V&A and the Museum of London and has launched her own exclusive interiors textile range.  The School of Textiles was launched in February 2017 with Co-Founder and Textile Historian, Mary Schoeser.


Elly Holmes

Past Chair and committee member of West Country Embroiders Liskeard branch, Elly has been teaching textile and embroidery workshops for many years.  Her innovation and contemporary approach to machine embroidery using a variety of techniques and further embellished by hand produces rich and varied textile surfaces.


Lyn Edwards

Lyn is an experienced workshop tutor in many mixed media textile techniques, and in particular enjoys sharing her passion for hand embroidery.


Caroline Smith

Caroline studies Print, Weave & Textile design at West Surrey College of Art and Design where she concentrated on fabric painting. After graduating, Caroline went on yo exhibit at the Barbican Centre, London and the Royal College of Architecture.

Caroline has exhibited widely in Rhode Island, USA; London; Dublin and Cork.  Her work has also been commissioned for Crolla Boutique in Mayfair, Dover Street, London and Caroline’s most recent exhibition in 2016 “The Smith Sisters” showcased printed textile work by Snape Maltings in Suffolk.

Currently, Caroline lectures at the Crawford College of Art and at Kinsale College of Further Education, Co Cork specialising in print and textiles, combined materials and design.