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Ennis
Co.Clare
Ireland

Designer of Celtic inspired Clothing and Accessories made from traditional and natural textiles. Maker of tailor made celtic wedding garments.

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Supporting Irelands Future Woodland

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From the beginning of it's creation, Celtic Fusion Design has focused on drawing inspiration from the natural world. Because of my art's connection to nature, I have worked to be aware of its environmental impacts throughout its creation. Now, I am working to not only prevent the negative impact of the clothing industry with my art, but to also create an entirely new positive impact.

Trees have always been a particularly strong theme in my work – ranging anywhere from tree of life artwork, oak-themed brooches and pieces that incorporate hawthorn. In fact, trees are not only a fountain of inspiration for me, but for many people here in Ireland.  For a country that has very few trees, it seems like a curious thing to dwell on. But, evidence suggests that our entire island used to be saturated with ancient oak forests from coast to coast. Because of Ireland's history of colonization, those forests are long gone, but the cultural memory of them is not. 

Like many pre-christian spiritualities, the tree was seen as a human connection to the earth for ancient civilisation. Many Irish stories and traditions still cite trees as being crucial to a connection to both the earth and the otherworld. Traditions that include tying an item of a departed loved one to a tree next to a holy well to insure that they are cared for in the afterlife, using Ogham sticks (made of very specific branches from very specific trees) to look into the future, tying wishes to faerie trees (usually hawthorn), and more have kept the connection to the old way of Ireland alive in its present day culture.

With this in mind, I have decided to partner with a local organisation here in County Clare called Hometree - a group of incredible people who are working to plant biodiverse forests in the West of Ireland that can be enjoyed for generations to come. With every purchase from Celtic Fusion Design, I will be donating €3 to Hometree; the price it costs to plant one tree. 

Reviving the forests that used to exist in Ireland is both symbolically and quite literally, a way to revive the ideas and traditions that have almost been forgotten so many times before. In this way, I hope that the sales of Celtic Fusion are now helping to not only physically plant those forests, but to also revive the interest in those aspects of Irish culture through my narrative and designs.

Find out more about Hometree here

Samhain Blessings

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Traditionally Samhain is a Celtic festival that observes the time when the veil between worlds is at its thinnest. Here at Celtic Fusion, we decided to get into the spirit with a bit of a ceremonial inspired photo shoot in collaboration with doorusphoto.net. To do this, we incorporated many symbols in our photographs that are traditionally associated with the observance of Samhain: 

Fire - 

Samhain was historically seen as the darkest night of the year - mainly because every household extinguished their fire for the night in an attempt to hide from the spirits that are able to walk in the land of the living. Fire is still heavily associated with the celebration, however, especially those who are seeking to communicate with the dead. 

Apples - 

Apples were often seen as the fruit of the other world and were used for magic and fortune telling. Traditionally, on the night of Samhain, if a young woman looked into a mirror while eating an apple, she would be given a glimpse of her true love - or the god of the dead. 

 

Caves - 

We shot in a particularly special set of caves, but many caves throughout Ireland are speculated to be the entrance to Tír na nÓg, or the other world. Because the veil is said to be thin, standing in a cave on the evening of Samhain might result in some unwanted (or wanted?) visits. 

 

Skulls - 

Because Samhain is known for its associating with death and spirits, there is no wonder why skulls would be an important part of its symbolism. Oftentimes, farmers would throw the bones of slaughtered livestock into the fire before it was extinguished for night. 

New 2017 Pagan wedding dress Creations

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Introducing my latest colletion of pagan inspired wedding dress designs.

These 100% natural dresses have been designed specific for those who are celebrating there love through handfasting or outdoor ceremony.

I have created patterns which reflect the nature based values of a handfasting ceremony the materials i use are not bleached or dyed. The trimmings used are hand-woven raw plant fibres.

Celtic Wedding Dress with Celtic Weddding belt

Celtic Wedding Dress with Celtic Weddding belt

New celtic bride designs

The new collection includes 9 new Wedding Designs, all inspired by pagan and handfasting weddings. The collection is completed with my green tweed capelet, Tiara designs and celtic wedding belt design. These are all available on my website now. 

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Custom order wedding dresses

The wedding Dresses are available by custom order. Using your specific measurements we will custom create your dream wedding dress within 6 to 9 weeks.

To order a dress you need not come long distances to see me, simply send your measurements and we take care of the rest!

The way we create your Wedding dress is to create the perfect fit and for the final dress to be exactly what you were looking for. Once your dress is received readjustments can be done be returning the dress detailing the changes needed and we will alter the dress as you have detailed.

 

New Green Wedding Cape

New Green Wedding Cape

Brides rooted in nature

The Entire collection has been created with the intention of creating dresses which cater to a woman who is deeply rooted in nature, being true to herself and appreciates the perfection of nature.

Many of the dresses have been designed as simple lace styles which can be further ellaborated with the celtic knotwork belts which i have designed. The knotwork belt feature is a celtic ceremonial piece which is very feminine and elegant and perfect for a nature based/handfasting ceremony.

Folk Style Wedding Dress

Folk Style Wedding Dress

Folk Style Wedding Dress

Some of the designs have a strong folklore look, with bell sleeves and the use of Jute fibres in the trimmings create a very rustic and earthy feel which mirrors the nature of pagan and celtic handfasting ceremonies.

Fairytale wedding dress

Fairytale wedding dress

Fairytale Feel

Some of the designs have a fairytale look.  The landscape in the west of ireland where these designs were created is a fairytale landscape i wanted to express this in the weding designs, in a modern but ancient way.

If you wish to see the full collection you can find it here in my Bridal section http://celticfusiondesign.com/celtic-bride/