Name and occupation:

Belinda Blakley, Fashion Designer

What do you love most about being of Irish heritage?

Other than the right to be in a St. Patty’s day Parade? The knowledge that I had fierce, strong-willed women as my ancestors and I can draw on their strength in my own life.

Can you tell us any interesting Irish history facts?

Like the Scots have family tartans, the Irish have intricate cable-knit patterns that represent a family. If an Irish fishing crew were lost to the sea, men could be identified by the pattern of their cable-knit sweaters.

Who or what inspires you most?

I get my inspiration from contemporary artist and historical crafters. I love learning new things about historical textiles and their creators, and then incorporating variations of their techniques into contemporary fashion.

Something about you that would surprise us:

I am a screen-printer and design many of the textiles in my collections.

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