Join Helen Delany and Brenda Aherne of Electronic Sheep in The Cube at the Project Arts Centre as they discuss their creative process, being artists in Ireland, and exploring this newly commissioned tapestry with First Fortnight.
They will be joined by special guest Annie Fletcher, Director of IMMA.
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Electronic Sheep, Duffy Mooney-Sheppard.
Internationally-renowned Electronic Sheep was established in 1998 by NCAD alumni and multi-disciplinary designers/artists Brenda Aherne and Helen Delany. The label’s unique, signature style comprises illustrative and typographic jacquards based on narrative storylines drawing on the designers’ personal lives and professional practices. Electronic Sheep are keen collaborators, regularly working with designers, historians and activists, often to the benefit of social initiatives and charitable agencies.
Childhood friends Brenda Aherne and Helen Delany graduated in 1992 from NCAD in Fashion and Visual Communication respectively. Individually, the designers enjoyed prestigious industry experience in London, New York, Rome and Munich before joining forces in 1998. Initially funded by a start-up Guinness award ‘The Hudson Blue’ for innovation in knitwear technology, Electronic Sheep has developed into a label specialising in unisex graphic knits. The product of a heightened aesthetic sensibility, filtered through the complementary disciplines of fashion and graphic design, their signature style has appeared in i-D, Vogue, Grazia, Elle and Kaltblut, among other international style bibles. Based in London and Dublin, they have regularly exhibited at London Fashion Week since 2011, and at Paris Fashion Week in 2018, and are currently distributing to independent sellers throughout the UK, Europe and Japan.
Electronic Sheep have won several design awards since graduating from NCAD. In 2020 they won a prestigious IDI award for their collaboration ‘Mixed Tape’ design. They were also won a culture fund award by Brent 2020 (London Borough of Culture). Brenda and Helen produced a knitted tapestry The Kilburn Tapestries’ for this project which launched in 2021.
Commissioned by First Fortnight with support from the Arts Council of Ireland
Project Arts Centre is proudly supported by The Arts Council and Dublin City Council.