Tara specialises in woven fabrics for the interiors market and exclusively uses British wool, thereby producing more sustainable pieces. After completing a BA and an MA in Textiles for Interiors she established her studio in the South Downs. Tara frequently visits Ireland where she has also undertaken private commissions. Her work is applied to both traditional and contemporary interiors for private homes and commercial architectural projects.
Tara weaves one-off bespoke pieces with throws and cushion covers being her most collectible items. She works closely with her discerning clientele to produce a distinctive colour palette, matching their exact requirements. She uses specialist dyeing techniques and creates hand woven textiles; having explored dyeing extensively, she dyes the warps prior to weaving thus producing an unique effect; rarely seen in todays market. Her colour mixing is evocative of the Irish landscapes where she grew up and from where she takes much of her inspiration.
In 2013, Tara won the prestigious New Designers Sanderson Award and was awarded by Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (part of the Royal Warrant Holders Association). By way of recognition from her industry peers she was awarded the Textile Society Award for her postgraduate collection. She first gained commercial experience with Jude Cassidy, a renowned Irish hand weaver. More recently and, as a result of her unique use of colour, she has been working with Zoffany. As a QEST scholar she was invited to design a throw for Johnston’s of Elgin for their new London store.