An exhibition of work by textile artist Florence Heyhoe opened in Good Craic Gifts shop, Rostrevor, on Saturday 15th July and will be on display until August 15th.

It was opened by Marie Claire Douglas, another local artist, and graced by songs from Fil Campbell and Tom McFarland to enhance the occasion.

Florence is a textile artist born in Northern Ireland who has studied with the Open College of the Arts and attended workshops in France, India, and at home. She also runs workshops locally.

Marie Claire said, “her constant inspiration comes from Carlingford Lough. Flo is often found walking around Carlingford Lough environs with her head down studying the shoreline, the water’s reflections, the rocks and seaweed and the flora and the fauna. What captures her most is the amazing colours she sees. Colour makes her happy. She loves the ever changing light of Carlingford Lough. No two days are the same she tells me… “I love the purple hues everywhere in this landscape. I have an emotional and spiritual connect to the colour purple.”

“In her studio at home home she manipulates wool through Felting in order to find ways of making the wool embody the art and the beauty of Carlingford Lough. Many are 3D pieces exploring the nature of felting whether using needle-felting or wet-felting, there is constant layering and the exposure of forgotten hidden colours re-emerge so there are always accidental sculptural effects present. Florence then embellishes the interlocked fibres with beads and embroidery, sometimes by hand, sometimes by machine. “

Please visit the exhibition and maybe treat yourself, or someone else, to a special art treasure of Carlingford Lough.