Studio visits welcome
My work is influenced by Japanese art, tradition and culture as well as Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts movement, which, in part, was inspired by the introduction of Japanese art into Europe. Decorative lines, strong colours and refined motifs define my work and this is reflected in my fabric choices, appliqué designs and quilting lines.
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Originally from Japan, Tomomi McElwee has had an interest in needlework since her early childhood. She began making patchwork quilts after moving to Ireland in 1998. Initially self-taught, she subsequently joined the Irish Patchwork Society and has also completed numerous international workshops, studying a wide range of patchwork and quilt making techniques. Tomomi now successfully combines both patchwork and quilt making in the creation of her art works and functional pieces where she can, at last, express her unique designs.
Tomomi has consistently been a prizewinner at the Tinahealy Show - All Ireland Open Quilt Competition since she began participating in the event. Her work is available online and through her studio while special commissions are also welcome. Tomomi also teaches patchwork quilt making for beginner and at intermediate level at both her studio in Co Carlow and for groups and organisations.