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Ciaran Sweeney

Ciaran Sweeney is one of Irelands most exciting young designers. A graduate of the National College of Art and Design, Ciaran originally trained as an art teacher majoring in textiles, he taught in Dublin for several years before going into design full time in 1998. Sweeney is most noted for his silk fabrics, his use of handpainting and printing in his work and his use of early twentieth century styles. He shows annually in Dublin and has recently set up his own production company and produced the sell out NCAD Student Degree show in June. His next venture was "Divine" a postmodern cabaret, which opened in Dublin's Olympia last October.

Since setting up he has gone on to show his work to a wide audience, including an invitation by the British Foreign office to show at London Fashion Week's Young Designer Show. He has rapidly built up a reputable client list, which includes Altan, Enya, The Corrs, Dinah Carrol, The President and two time Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn. Most recently he has designed a costume for Blethyn's latest movie "Saving Grace" at her request. His corporate clients include Guinness, PGA, East Digiphone and most recently he was delighted to be invited by Nokia to design a phone for their charity auction.

Ciaran hopes to continue to use Dublin as his base and to bring his work to a wider audience at home and abroad.

Text taken from the web site of "The Design Centre"

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