Bricolage designs + makes linen products which lift the soul and stand the test of time – it uses traditional methods and materials in a modern way, creating heirlooms which remain true to the raw materials used and which may be handed down through generations.
Bricolage is a small design studio based in County Down, N. Ireland and is the culmination of a working life spent in design & architecture. It was established in 2014 by Sinead Black, an Interior Design practitioner and lecturer at the Belfast School of Art. It is a practice dedicated to design and the revival of the native Irish linen industry, using linens sourced and woven locally by master weavers.
Sinead’s influences come from a strong design background, the power of Irish nature, the inherent natural qualities of the linen cloth used and the familiar heritage of plant-dyeing processes. All Sinead’s quilts are hand-quilted, a slow process which Sinead feels honours the traditions of the linen cloth. Bricolage quilts have appeared in ‘The Irish Times’ newspaper, the’ Liberty of London Design Call 2016′, ‘Simple-Shape’s’ first pop-up store in Brick Lane, London and ‘Guild Trip’ Directory in Canada. In August 2017, Bricolage was shortlisted in the ‘Irish Made Awards’ for Irish Country Magazine. Sinead has also appeared in the film ‘Linen People – Past & Present’, a study of the linen industry and modern makers in N.Ireland, produced by the family of one of Ireland’s oldest linen makers, ‘Wallace Clark’ est.1736.
Bricolage makes the only linen products selected for the Heaney Homeplace Centre in N.Ireland, an arts venue celebrating the legacy of the Irish poet & Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney. Bricolage will be a key participant in the ‘Linen Stories’ exhibition in Edinburgh, Scotland in May 2018, and the N.Ireland Linen Biennale in October 2018