After studying Textile Design for Fashion at Manchester School of Art, Catherine Quinn moved to Japan to study Japanese textile crafts. She became inspired by indigo dyeing and worked with an indigo master, learning the traditional Japanese techniques of Shibori and Katazome.
Upon returning to Northern Ireland she wanted to combine her love of Japanese and Irish textiles. Catherine set up Mottainai, a creative craft and design studio making contemporary Irish linen home-wares dyed using traditional Japanese techniques. Through running workshops Catherine promotes these techniques in Ireland.
The term ‘mottainai’ in Japanese is used to express a sense of regret when something is wasted. Her aim to counteract our throw away culture by producing textiles that will enhance people’s daily lives and become an enduring part of their home.
The fabric is manipulated using folding, hand-stitching and clamping techniques then hand-dyed in our Belfast studio. Due to the nature of Shibori each
piece is unique.