Amy Kerr is an award winning textile designer who focuses mainly on hand weaving textiles but also incorporates modern technology and experimental materials in her work. Sustainable, ethical and circular design is an integral part of her practice and all of her work is aims to integrate these key components into her designs. Through the collaboration of craft, technology and science, Amy aims to help educate and promote these practices while also highlighting the wonders and awe of nature to work towards a brighter more eco-friendly future of the fashion and textile industry.
Amy Kerr is an award winning Textile Designer based in Kildare. She received her BA(HONS) for Textile and Surface Design in the National College of Art and Design in 2021.
Amy’s graduate project ‘(s/b)ee, the alternative’ has won numerous awards both nationally and internationally including the prestigious RDS Craft Award in 2022.
What craft do you work with?
Her speciality is constructed textiles, focusing on woven textiles and the innovative collaboration between craft and technology for both fashion and interiors. She is very interested in applying new, experimental and un-conventional processes and materials to more traditional crafts.
What inspires you to work with this craft?
Her work is driven by nature and and looking at nature through different perspectives.
How do you start your creative process?
Through looking at the world through the eyes of other creatures, Amy explores innovative methods of problem-solving to create more sustainable alternatives and solutions to the many issues faced in the textiles and fashion industry. Through viewing our world through the eyes of other creatures, it unlocks another level of appreciation and beauty that is all around us. It helps create a more intimate bond between people and the planet and how truly amazing it all is. Amy hopes to help change peoples’ attitude towards the industry in a positive and encouraging way.
Material Library entries
These are Materials that were discovered and crafted by the Craft person behind this profile
“Ceannbhán Móna” – Bog Cotton
Inspired by the hills and fields of the Island of Inisbofin and the bog cotton blowing in the wind
Double cloth weave with stripes using repurposed green bean coffee bags as yarn.
Series of woven samples inspired by the coffee industry
Double cloth weave with block colours and stripes to create pockets that are filled with
roasted coffee beans.
Woven samples inspired by the coffee industry
Double cloth weave with stripes with tubes filled with wool fibres as wadding.
This sample is a double cloth weave exploring the possibilities with tubes and wadding.
Mockleno BeeBums 3D Printed
The weft of this sample is a fine Tunisian silk that is a golden honey colour.
This sample is a double cloth weave inspired by a latte using the wool dyed with waste coffee.
This sample focuses on the collaboration between craft, technology and technical yarns
Fabric manipulation through 3D printing – coffee beans
Traditional fabric manipulation techniques through the use of technology
Other Craft Practitioners
Student, Creative, Curious
The process is the most important part of the project.
I am a professional sculptor.
Monochrome Drawing with Colourful Hand Embroidery
sporty, exact, technical
I am a textile artist with a strong interest in the environment both natural and historic.
Scottish Glass Artist
Sensitive – Textile – Sustainability
My first contact with ceramics happened at a laboratory in the neighborhood where I grew up. The art of wheel throwing that was taking place in front of my eyes and the magic of creation were the catalysts for my career in ceramics.