Martha has been an Award Winner in the National Craft Exhibition in Dublin on numerous occasions. She has also received the much-coveted John Bull trophy in England. Her solo exhibitions in 2008 and 2010 of Traditional and Contemporary styles have been very successful.

Right now, her work is on display in the Purple Onion Gallery in Tarmonbarry, Co. Roscommon, Leinster Gallery, Frederick Street, Dublin and the Sandford Gallery in Ranelagh, Dublin.

Martha has also been commissioned to do work for such people of note as Sybil Connolly, Pat Crowley and the upcoming designer Natalie B Coleman. Indeed British Royalty has had more than a brush with Carrickmacross Lace. In 1983 the design and technique of the craft were in the news when Lady Di Spencer requested that her wedding dress have sleeves of the said Carrickmacross Lace, thus making her apparel all the more noteworthy. More recently, Kate Middleton's wedding dress had as its key feature the same wonderful creation of lace.

 

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Eleanor De Lan Branchardiere Award
2012 RDS National Crafts Competition

"Martha feels that it is very important to preserve the tradition of needlepoint. Carrickmacross Lace with it's unique characteristics combined with the hand drawn design, applique work, filling stitches, bars, thorns, loop, and the many intricacies of Carrickmacross Lace create each piece of work. Furthermore, MArtha works in a manner that displays an openness to new designs, ideas, effects and even colour. Tradition and modernity blend excitingly together in this unique creation of Carrickmacross Lace." (competition catalogue citation)

See more in this news article and on the exhibitions page.

 

 

See a full selection of lace images in the Photo Gallery