Our Designers

Helen Steele

Helen Steele
Helen Steele is an artist and fashion designer known for her exhuberant use of colour and inspiring pattern.

Her collection for Ceadogán, 'Chromosome' is reflective of the bold colour and pattern combinations used in her printed textiles and fashion designs.

Helen Cody

Helen Cody is one of Irelands leading fashion designers. She was named as Image magazine Irish Fashion Designer of the year in 2015. Last year Helen teamed up with Ceadogán to create a limited edition collection of rugs.

Helens inspiration for her rug designs came from her love for all things mid-century, in particular, the simplicity of 1960’s Scandinavian ceramics and furniture design. In this collection for Ceadogán, Helen created rugs in a subtle warm palette that reflect and enhance most contemporary interior spaces.

“The palette of colours I have used for the rugs is very much my favoured colour scheme for interiors. Warm, neutral, soft greys but with a subtle pop of something interesting, like citrine, peacock, cobalt and steel blue.”

Jenny Maslen

Jenny Maslen
Jenny works as the in-house designer at Ceadogán Rugmakers. As well as having her own collection of rug designs, she works closely with the client to custom design bespoke pieces. She enjoys the challenge involved in creating a rug to compliment a particular interior context.

With titles such as “Achill” and “Lacken”, the rugs in her new collection have a cohesive, neutral colour palette with an accent colour to compliment. These timeless pieces are inspired by the greys, greens and blues of the Irish seascape.



Maree Hensey

Maree’s studio is based in the small rural village of Clonmore. The inspiration for Maree’s rugs is the surrounding landscape, rural existence, and the ritual of living and working in direct contact with nature.

Her initials studies are monochromatic. She deliberately chooses to eliminate the element of colour and to concentrate on how tone and the mark-making process alone can define form and space within a drawing. When she works her main concerns lies with the mark.

“I am constantly looking at ways of enlarging the possibilities for mark making and increasing the likelihood of chance occurrences. What is important to me is that the spontaneity and energy of my initial observations remains evident in the rug, the drawing always comes first”

Andrew Ludick

Andrew Ludick - Designer
Andrew Ludick is an American ceramicist who is based in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny. He has established a reputation for his hand-built and brightly painted clay pieces. Andrew works instinctively to create very distinctive pattern and decoration. His main influences are the arts and designs from the indigenous cultures of Africa and The Americas as well as works by artists such as Paul Klee, Joan Miro, Thelonious Monk and Eric Dolphy. This is his first collection for Ceadogán.

Claire-Anne O'Brien

Claire-Anne O’Brien is a textile designer and lecturer living and working in London. Specialising in constructed textiles she creates sculptural, 3 dimensional knitted fabrics for interiors. Traditional textile techniques such as weave, knotting and basketry inspire playful investigations into structure and form using the unique properties of knit.

Originally from Co. Cork, Ireland, Claire-Anne O’Brien graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2006 with a degree in Textiles. She then went on to complete an MA in Constructed Textiles at The Royal College of Art in 2010. She is now a lecturer in Constructed Textiles at Bath Spa University.

Claire Anne is best known for her structural approach to knit and her passion for texture and surface pattern. This collaboration with Ceadogán allowed both designer and maker to explore new ways of working. For Claire Anne the challenge was in how to animate and bring her design aesthetic to a two-dimensional surface. This was achieved through the use of varying pile heights to create a relief pattern on the surface of the rugs.

Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy - Designer
Patricia Murphy was a visual artist whose paintings and textiles are known for their vivid and glowing colour. Her work was influenced by her response to the nature of energy as seen through light, weather and elemental things.

Exhibited internationally, Patricia completed many commissions in Ireland and abroad.

Patricia worked with Ceadogán for a number of years. Her paintings translate particularly well to this medium. Many of the colours are unique to Patricia and have been dyed especially for her work. She worked with Ceadogán on two collections as well as many one-off pieces.

Very sadly, Patricia passed away on July 31st, 2018.

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Katie Hession

Katie Hession
Katie Hession came to Ceadogan Rugmakers through a collaborative design competition with the National College of Art and Design in 2013.

After completing her B(Des) in Textile Design, winning an award from the Irish Design Institute for her final year project, Katie went on to work for Ceadogan, doing design and marketing.

Katie has worked in a number of design studios across Ireland and the U.K, and her work with Ceadogan had been exhibited both nationally and internationally, from London to Beijing.

Zoe Choy O'Byrne

Zoe Choy O’Byrne is a student from the National College of Art and Design. She came to Ceadogan in a collaborative project in 2016 and she is now in her final year studying textile surface design.

Her rug collection ‘Hot drinks’ is based on surfaces and texture in coffee and sugar. The colours used in her rugs have been influenced by the eclectic variety of coffee and tea in our homes. These colours bring a lively atmosphere into the home combined with her use of shapes and line drawings.