Rothlú's objects and images are designed and created by Frances McGonigle at the Rothlú studio in the Ox Mountains, Mayo, Ireland.
This is a remote and beautiful place not far from the Atlantic Seaboard. The Ox Mountains are pre-Ice Age and absolutely chock-full of megalithic sites, and dinosaur bones turn up here once in a while! The studio placement is very key to the textured quality and colours found in our objects or images. The jewellery collection is an amalgam of surface patterns that evoke the effect of weather on wood, stone, sand and soil in this area. The colours in the silks reflect the popping colours of the abundant wild flowers, hedgerows and ever-changing hues of the sea. The print series is an exploration of this landscape and bird flight across the self-same landscape.
As well as the inspiration offered by the location, there is an added layer to all our pieces due to the surface pattern techniques (Balinese, Japanese) used to achieve the exceptional one-off designs found in the textiles that make our silks, jewellery and hand bound journals and albums. And it doesn't hurt that we currently love, and aspire to inject into our designs some element of either glam 70's, silent film era stars and the romantic and saturated colours of Emil Nolde. Or maybe all of these at once!
Design heroes aside, Rothlú's vision is to create and deliver a lovely object or image that will brighten your day, lift your spirits and last you a lifetime. We product all of our pieces in the studio, ethically, with the best materials and with enormous attention to detail. Apart from our prints, each item is one-of-a-kind. We are very happy, thrilled, to liaise with our clients to produce special bespoke pieces- please do get in touch if you have something in mind.
Frances' paintings can be found at: http://franmagon.wix.com/francesmcgonigle