Só Collective is pleased to welcome ‘One Soft Hand’ the first exhibition by textile designer Kirsten Roe.
After graduating with a BA in Textile Embroidery from The National College of Art and Design, Dublin (NCAD), Kirsten started to transition from womenswear fashion to art pieces. Working with designers Sorcha O’Raghallaigh and most recently Roberta Einer, Kirsten built her experience and exploration of embroidery within the industry in couture and ready to wear. Kirsten’s work has always been centred around detailed embellishment and ways of displaying these techniques. The ‘One Soft Hand’ project started during Kirsten’s final year in college, when she started hand-sewing long felt arms to accompany her garments for her degree show set. Gradually she became more fascinated with hands, their shapes, movement, and diversity. After sketching, colour, and texture research each piece is sewn, stuffed and embellished by hand. Themes are explored through the possibilities of colour, shape, texture and embellishment, and painting and making.
Kirsten draws inspiration for these eclectic pieces from many places, from old family keepsakes that belonged to her grandmother, to lines of poetry from Emily Dickenson. One Soft Hand’s decorative pieces are fun and fantastical, with embellishments that represent the artist’s personal memories, symbols of comfort and charms that protect the owner.