Award for Terri’s woven creations

Terri McStraw, centre, with Nancy Bloomer, Invest Northern Ireland, and Rebecca Mairs, Craft NI.
Terri McStraw, centre, with Nancy Bloomer, Invest Northern Ireland, and Rebecca Mairs, Craft NI.

A Gilford textile graduate has won an annual award for her design plans which feature locally-made, contemporary woven products.

Terri McStraw is the winner of the 8th annual Craft in Business Award, run by Craft NI and Invest Northern Ireland.

It recognises designer-makers in the early stages of their career, whose artistic concepts display potential for the development of a successful craft business.

Terri’s current collection Fíor (Irish for real or genuine) features luxurious wool and silk from which she has created structured and striking fabrics that are described as “tactile and timeless”.

Examples of her work are currently on display at the Belfast School of Art Degree Show until June 13 or see www.strawni.com.

Terri said, “I am honoured to receive such a prestigious award. With this support I have the opportunity to ensure our famed craft of weaving is sustained through contemporary practice.”

Terri has designs on bigger future developments and is currently taking the first steps towards developing an upholstery fabric collection.

Focusing on a more durable yarn, this will take her in the direction of collaborative working, both with yarn producers and other design fields. From there, she plans to bring her locally-made, contemporary woven products to an international audience.

Alan Kane, director of Craft NI, said, “Craft NI are pleased, supported by Invest NI, to highlight an applied arts graduate who has demonstrated real capacity for innovative fabric design, and vision for sharing her work successfully in a business context, with very interesting plans for growth and development. We wish her every success in her career.”

Grainne McVeigh, director of life sciences, electric and consumer products, said Invest NI was delighted to recognise Terri’s “creativity and entrepreneurial flair”.