Fi Carroll is a fashion, textile and accessories designer based in Dublin. She graduated in 2020 from the National College of Art and Design with a bachelor's degree in fashion design. She has previously worked for London-based fashion designer Richard Malone, and further developed her skills with pattern-making courses at the Grafton Academy. Her work has most recently been featured by 1 Granary and Irish Country Magazine.
Sustainability is at the centre of Fi’s practice. Her work focuses on upcycling, hand-crafts and making one-of-a-kind pieces. She creates her collections as much as possible using second-hand materials, spending hours trawling through eBay and second-hand shops to find vintage fabrics, fabric off-cuts, curtains, even old wedding dresses. Her varied sources of inspiration range from Edwardian postcards to flowers to squashed things on the street. A strong and vibrant colour palette is always essential in her work.
Fi’s process is very organic: it is guided by whatever materials she can find, even if they’re ones she wouldn’t ideally choose for herself. Part of the excitement and the challenge is creating something beautiful from something she maybe doesn't like all that much. Her process is a conscious response to the dizzying pace at which garments are often produced and disposed of: using slow hand-processes like hand-painting, embroidery and patchwork to create a deeper emotional connection with each garment. Each piece is hand-crafted by Fi in her studio in Dublin, Ireland. *All shipping from Minti Makers comes directly from the makers themselves - Please bear this in mind when ordering from multiple makers, separate shipping will apply.