Aiveen Daly
Aiveen discovered her love for textiles as a teenager growing up in Cork, Ireland. She was given a sewing machine for her 14th birthday, but initially chose an academic line of study. A degree in business and Russian at Trinity College in Dublin was followed by a career in marketing, which took her to live in St Petersburg and Sydney before she moved to London to work at Newsweek magazine and then a dotcom startup. While Aiveen loved the entrepreneurial buzz of this job, she sought a creative outlet. She devoured evening classes at Central St Martins and the London College of Fashion in sewing, embroidery, drawing and painting, but it was a professional upholstery course that sparked a light-bulb moment; she had found her métier. Upholstery was the perfect foundation on which to build on her passion for textile artistry. Aiveen founded her studio in 2006. She employs a talented, multi disciplinary team and has a devoted clientele across the globe.
Aiveen approaches each commission with the same level of artistry as a haute couture fashion house. Her hand-crafted work is both exquisitely tactile and highly technical, ranging from sculptural leatherwork to intricate embroidery. Her own-design furniture collection showcases meticulous pin-tucked silk pleats, while cushions are cinched with panels of fine beadwork, belts of ruffles or bands of hand-dyed feathers.
Sculptural wall murals are a studio signature – and a blank canvas for Aiveen’s rich palette of techniques. Circular patterns are hewn in silk and leather with mathematical precision; hundreds of delicate, hand-punched petals are scattered in suede; and panels of brassframed silk display floral scenes of metallic tubes, microbeads and traditional goldwork threads.
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