The human story that has inspired us this season is centred around a woman called Agnes Moirrogh-Bernard.
In 1892, as an English nun, Agnes moved to the west of Ireland and founded the Foxford Woollen Mills. Bearing in mind this was a post famine era Agnes was deeply struck by the poverty but also the positive spirit of the Irish people around her.
Agnes saw the process of spinning and weaving woollen blankets as a way to politically, socially and economically bring together and actually restore hope to an impoverished towns people and lay the foundations for a self sustainable future.
“This season we have taken the fearless and relentless spirit of Agnes Moirrogh-Bernard as our key inspiration. Like most of the human narratives we draw inspiration from, Agnes refused to give up on her outspoken values of equality and the opportunity of a brighter future.
We went on to look at the autumnal textures in Ireland's rural landscapes and colourful optimistic nature of the Irish people as inspiration. This season we are working with the craftspeople at the Foxford Woollen Mills as well as luxury mills across England, France and Italy."