FOCUS | ICARUS by Rachel Fitzpatrick

Inspired by the Greek Myth of Icarus the golden feathers echo the giddiness of flight by glinting and teasing the light. the ribbons of black velcro resemble velvet creating a luxurious and voluptuous texture.

Materials: Black velcro, gold foiled feathers, aluminium frame

Dimensions: ø600mm (23.5”) x ø800mm (31.5”)

Photography Credit: Glenn Norwood

FOCUS | VENICE DESIGN 2018 | Fionn by Rachel Fitzpatrick

As the exhibition in Venice draws to a close I wanted to look back on the making of my piece, Fionn, made especially for the VENICE DESIGN 18.

Fionn is the namesake of the mythical Northern Irish giant, Fionn Mac Cumhaill.  Legend speaks of the giants size, strength and skill, but in particular the ability to outwit his enemies through disguise.  Not dissimilar to MacCumhaill, I hoped to temporarily beguile the audience, inviting them to relook at the material by creating an elegant chandelier, using an everyday industrial material. Do you think it worked?

The chandelier has been sculpted using 650metres of Velcro disguising the heavy industrial material as a giant lighting sculpture standing over two and a half meters long and floating in the beautiful Palazzio Michel in Venice

It has been such an honour to take part in this amazing exhibition and I wish to thank the team at the European Cultural Centre for all their support over the past year and for their belief in my work.

I also wish to thank both the Arts Council NI and the British Council for funding my participant in VENICE DESIGN 18

FOCUS | VENICE DESIGN 2018 | The creation of a giant by Rachel Fitzpatrick

Its been an amazing 6 months and a privilege to say I have exhibited my work in collaboration with the Global Arts Affairs Foundation at the European Cultural Centre in the heart of Venice during the 16th Architectural Biennale. As the exhibition draws to a close at the end of this month I’d like to reflect and give a little behind the scenes exposure to my thinking process and creativity in the studio.

It all began with a series of drawings, gestures really off the shape of the piece, and discussions with the curators at Palazzo Michel, the venue for the exhibition. I drew inspiration from the 2017 exhibition looking at how other artists and designers used the space and what pieces they chose to exhibit.

Once I received the green light from the curators I ordered in the materials - needed 500m of material to create the piece, plus a little extra already had in the studio of various widths.

Once all the strips are shaped I place them on the suspended hoops. I love to find new magic in materials - I actually use circus hoops in my chandeliers. It takes a few days to create the piece and then I leave it in the studio in a week just to look at it, tweek, retweek then tweek again. When its perfect I get the plastic out to wrap it up, box and to ship off to its new home - in this case VENICE!

NEWS | Dubai Design Week 2018 | ECC Venice by Rachel Fitzpatrick

I’m delighted to announce my work had been selected for presentation at Dubai Design Week 2018 by the European Cultural Centre at the American University of Dubai.  VENICE DESIGN has also decided to make its designers travel and present the overall exhibition at Dubai Design District and their projects during all whole week celebrating design. Thank you to the organisers for including my work at such a prestigious event.


FOCUS | Eclipse by Rachel Fitzpatrick

The term Eclipse is derived from ancient Greek meaning “darkening of a heavenly body”. The material has been embellished with glistening gold then hand-cut into the finest strips. It is then hand sculpted to create this etherial lighting sculpture in luxurious metallic tones.

Dimensions: 800x800x30mm (31.5”x31.5”x12”)

Materials: Gold foiled black Velcro. aluminium frame

Photographer: Glenn Norwood

FOCUS | Ghislaine Viñas | Manhattan Townhouse by Rachel Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick was delighted to collaborate with award winning Interior Designer Ghislaine Viñas and her team on this wonderful project in the Tribeca district, New York City.

This exquisite home has been featured in many international publications including a photoshoot for Vogue USA and Interior Design US.

The process, began with a series of seemingly simple 2D drawings and online chats, co-ordinated over our two time zones. Then in my studio, in Northern Ireland, I began experimenting with various shapes for the two pieces. The client loved the idea of a surprise element which would “pop” from the piece”. We experimented with this and the colour yellow and thats when the magic started! The work developed from that and eventually the pieces where finished packed up and sent to their new home in NYC. The results can be seen from the images above.

WORKSHOP | Creepy Creations | Tues 30th October, FE McWilliam Gallery by Rachel Fitzpatrick

Another Art event down at the FE McWilliam Gallery I am facilitating. This is the gallery have to say about it:

Have a Spook-tacular time at the FE McWIlliam Gallery at our drop- in Halloween workshop, Creepy Creations. Discover and make things that will scare and creep such as woollen spider poms-poms, paper-Jack o Lanterns and spooky spider webs, or just have a chilling time in the Halloween inspired doodle area.

these drop in workshops are facilitated by local artists Deborah Malcomson and Rachel Fitzpatrick and will cater for little monsters of all ages.

Free Face Painting will also be available throughout the event.

There is no need to book as this is a free event so call in any time between 11cm-3pm and join n the Halloween Fun!


FOCUS | Shine by Rachel Fitzpatrick

My throw back Thursday this week relooks at work inspired by a working trip to Tarsus, Turkey. I have included a little picture at the end of this blog of the trees that inspired the shape of this piece.

These were the palms that inspired the shape of this “Shine”. I had never seen such enormous palms, they don’t grow like this in Ireland!

These were the palms that inspired the shape of this “Shine”. I had never seen such enormous palms, they don’t grow like this in Ireland!

LINEN-SPIRATION by Rachel Fitzpatrick

At the beginning of October I had a wonderfully inspiring time at both Linen Biennale Conference at the Island Arts centre in Lisburn and the launch of a very exciting project I’m involved in called Linen Lab (more details to follow on this very soon). 

The conference was packed with international speakers passionate about Linen and it was fascinating to listen to how each interpreted the material from their various prospectives from design industry, academia or even medical.

#linenbiennaleconf18 #linenalive #ilovelinen  I also attended the team launch of the Linen Lab Project at the FE McWilliam Gallery. We received a tour of their current exhibition Lucienne Day: Living Design.

#linenbiennaleconf18 #linenalive #ilovelinen

I also attended the team launch of the Linen Lab Project at the FE McWilliam Gallery. We received a tour of their current exhibition Lucienne Day: Living Design.

Clocks by Lucienne Day


 #FEMcWilliamGallery #LinenLab

We were then given a fabulous tour of one of the last linen factories in Northern Ireland, Ferguson’s based in Banbridge.  Not only was the flax product and all it’s various uses fascinating but how the linen is produced and the scale and size of the machinery required.




An inspiring week!  

WORKSHOP | Children’s Faux Stain Glass Workshop at FE McWilliam Gallery and Studio by Rachel Fitzpatrick

During this workshop we will use old materials transforming them into beautiful glistening treasures. Using materials such as jam jars, paper and cardboard we will create stain glass effect windows and lanterns.



DATE: Thursday 2nd August

TIMES: 10am-12pm 4-6 year olds & 2pm-4pm 7-12 year olds

COST: £8


WORKSHOP | Children’s Recycled Sea Monster Workshop at F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio by Rachel Fitzpatrick

During this workshop we will use recycled materials to create our own sea monsters from the depths of the ocean! Using a variety of materials we will create CD seasnails, sharks from plastic bottles and jelly fish with paper tentacles.


DATE: Wednesday 1st August

TIME: 10am-12pm for 4-6 year olds & 2pm-4pm for 7-11 year olds

COST: £8




UPDATE | Cliff Townhouse by Rachel Fitzpatrick

Updating and refreshing my site to include some of my favourite projects.  his is one from a few years ago orginally commissioned by the Irish Michellen Starred chef Richard Corrigan for his luxury boutique hotel and restaurant in Dublin Ireland.

PRESS | Velcro in Venice | Irish Times by Rachel Fitzpatrick


Huge thank you to the Editor of the Home & Design supplement, Orna Mulcahy, at Irish Times for the little write up in my work in this weekends paper.

WORKSHOP | Children’s 2 day Tie Dye Workshop at F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio by Rachel Fitzpatrick

Over this two day workshop, on 26th & 27th July, we will learn to make your own natural dyes from natural ingredients.  We will then use various dyes to personalise and Tie Dye your own T Shirt. 


Day 1: Have fun and get messy using natural ingredients found in your average kitchen such as berries, vegetable skins and spices to create your own dyes.   We will also begin to master the art of Dye the folds.


Day 2: Experiment using various dyes to create your own T-shirt master piece!  


DATES: 26th & 27th July

TIMES: 10am-1pm

AGES: 8-12 years

COST:  £24


NEWS | Thank you! by Rachel Fitzpatrick

A huge thank you to both the Arts Council Northern Ireland and the British Council Northern Ireland for supporting the exhibition of my work during the Venice Architecture Biennale through their International Artist Development Fund.  The exhibition opens 26th May and runs until 25th November.