All Posts in Thoughts

July 8, 2010 - 1 comment.

Jeanne Eagels


Photograph by Baron Adolph de Meyer


"I played the grave-digger in 'Hamlet,' first, at the age of seven. They gave me the chance to play Shakespeare because nobody else of the tender age of seven would do so. They wouldn't say the rather amazing words...the other kiddies. I took it all quite seriously and said ALL the words without a quiver. Once I had begun I could not be stopped. I was ill when I was not on the stage. It seemed to me I couldn't breathe in any other atmosphere."

"I'm the greatest actress in the world and the greatest failure.

 And nobody gives a damn."


Jeane Eagels


June 28, 2010 - 4 comments


Vilhelm Hammershoi


'Absence extinguishes small passions and increases great ones,

as the wind blows out a candle, and blows in a fire'


François de la Rochefoucauld


The past few months have been wonderfully chaotic. My life has been taken over by exciting commissions and projects which are in the making and yet to be made. I have felt an overwhelming guilt that this blog has taken a back seat in the priorities of life and that I must explain my rather infrequent posting. I am still quietly visiting all my virtual friends and I try to say hello when I can.

But it has been very hard to keep up with the dedication required to be  part of this online community. My brain is in need of as much quiet time as it can get, as it is in over drive with ideas for my 'non virtual' activities.

I hope life will get back to some normality in the next few months and my posting will become as  dedicated as is has been since I started in September last year.

I miss you all but will be back every now and then..have a lovely summer!

x Eilis Boyle

June 22, 2010 - 2 comments


"The Reign of Terror"  from the picture by Percy Macquoid

The Graphic, June 30, 1877



'My love is of a birth as rare

As ‘tis for object strange and high:

It was begotten by Despair

Upon Impossibility'


Andrew Marvell


June 12, 2010 - 1 comment.


'In my long and difficult and mature life, I have come to learn that the less I know about acting and the more I know about everything else,
 the better I`ll be at both acting and living.'
Jean Seberg

May 30, 2010 - 2 comments

Creativity and obsession


Christian Amman


'The creative habit is like a drug.

The particular obsession changes, but the excitement,

the thrill of your creation lasts'

Henry Moore

After weeks, and months, of distraction and slight apathy, I have been involved in a project which is so exciting I'm unable to focus on anything else. I will reveal at a later date, but for now it’s Paris again this week. Meeting my Japanese friends and also buying fabric


May 10, 2010 - 3 comments


Wendy Bevan


"I discovered that what's really important for a creator isn't what we vaguely define as inspiration or even what it is we want to say, recall, regret, or rebel against.

No, what's important is the way we say it. Art is all about craftsmanship. Others can interpret craftsmanship as style if they wish. Style is what unites memory or recollection, ideology, sentiment, nostalgia, presentiment, to the way we express all that.

It's not what we say, but how we say it that matters."


Federico Fellini



April 21, 2010 - 2 comments

What came in the post…

A few months ago I received a phone call about a journalist from Japan who would like to interview me. A couple of days later we met for afternoon tea at  The Westbury and talked for hours. Today I received in the post the newspaper with the article, plus a 'thank you' post it!
I'm often asked why I am so enchanted by Japan, and after going through the obvious aesthetics passions. There is something about their manners and mind that equally mesmerises me.
The interview was a very deep conversation about cultural differences and how the environment one works in has a reflection on ones work, we compared Spanish design to Irish design, we talked politics, economics  and the industry.
Mr. Kanno's English was really good, and although he had a translator, we managed to understand each other fairly well.... our disccussions were profound and complex.
It is very rare that subjects of fashion interviews are about the bigger picture and seem to be more about what top suits what body shape or what celebrities wear your clothes.
I wish to thank him so much for the interview, for publishing part of it and also for sending me the newspaper!
P.S. I have not scanned the article because I'm too shy to share the 'Yoda'  look a like photograph he took of me..; )

March 12, 2010 - 2 comments


Paoloroversi 5 
Paolo Roversi

For who can wonder that man should feel a vague belief in tales of disembodied spirits wandering through those places which they once dearly affected, when he himself, scarcely less separated from his old world than they, is for ever lingering upon past emotions and bygone times, and hovering, the ghost of his former self, about the places and people that warmed his heart of old?


February 22, 2010 - 3 comments

Technology, new media and fashion



 We are half way through London Fashion Week and there has been a change in the industry.

 It was only last season that Alexander McQueenwas breaking boundaries with his online live streamed show. Fast forward 5 months and LFW have been live steaming several shows a day.

I must confess I was initially slightly sceptical, but I'm now convinced there is no looking back .

Pleasantly surprised by the quality, visually and sound, of the shows online.

Not the same is to be said by the whole tweeting business, but what can one expect from 140 character text. Apart from very few (and this will be part of the natural selection process and filtering of those who have something new to offer and those who don't) Very little interesting information is given through tweets. And certainly nothing regarding the clothes they are seeing. The constant name dropping of irrelevant people that are seated or queuing in front of other people.... honestly who cares....?

But I'm incredibly excited at how the new media channels are impacting our industry, the changes are occurring fast and I have a feeling it is bringing the designer closer to the consumer, which ultimately will benefit everyone