Hi, I’m Frankie, an art school graduate of Ulster University Belfast, Northern Ireland.
I’m best known for my ‘mixed-media textile’ work which incorporates fibres, papers, paint, inks, wax, resin and all manner of media through collage, fusing, layering, and embellishment using both free machine and hand stitch. My current works are inspired by local land and seascapes rich in colour and texture, with emphasis on creating a sense of place.
My work has been published, televised, exhibited internationally and is held in private and public collections worldwide including the permanent Textile Collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Since graduating I’ve continued to develop my creative practice, whilst working as an ‘Artist in Residence’ for the Education Boards and Arts Council of Northern Ireland for over 20 years.
I grew up in the countryside near the small North Antrim town of Bushmills, famous for housing the world’s oldest licensed distillery, its ‘Black Bush’ whiskey and location adjacent to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the ‘Giant’s Causeway’. I now live just a stone’s throw away in the seaside peninsula town of Portrush, where my work is showcased at my own gallery on Portrush Main Street.
I love to share and encourage others in the development of their own creativity, teaching and facilitating a range of workshops, where small group numbers are key toward a relaxed learning and fun experience.
Thank you for reading my story…