Ruth Osborne’s exhibition piece, Uasal/Noble, has been created on Irish Linen and combines colour created using Oak Galls and Oak Bark for the purposes of dyeing and printing, alongside Flax fibres for slow stitching. It is an exploration in how natural colour can be adapted and experimented with to create rich colours that are evocative of metallic golds and silvers.

The title references the associations of Oak with nobility and knowledge in the Old Irish Tree list and its. position as King of the Woodland (regal or royalty often synonymous with precious metals and use of gold leaf in iconography ) in Celtic mythology between the Winter and Summer Solstice.

Artist Bio

Ruth Osborne is an artist based in rural County Down where she works from her home studio by the shores of Strangford Lough. Her creative practice has developed through many routes and combines her background in Art History, printmaking practice, interest in folklore and the textiles heritage, in particular the story of Linen, in Ireland. Ruth works primarily on locally sourced Irish Linen and creates unique works combining a range of printmaking techniques and hand-embellished painterly elements using botanical dyes and ink. Ruth is inspired by the local landscape and flora, the changing seasons, Irish Folklore and Celtic heritage. Her work is unique, delicate and instilled with a sense of peace and place.

Ruth has exhibited and sold her work since 2018 and has pieces represented in public and private collections including Antrim Area Hospital and Textile Collection of the Ulster Folk Museum (National Museums Northern Ireland). She has exhibited work in NI, RoI and Finland.