Lisbeth Mulcahy is one of Ireland’s best known weavers and tapestry artists. Originally from Denmark, she has lived and worked in Ireland since 1966. She opened her Siopa na bhFhíodóirí/The Weavers’ Shop in Dingle in 1986. The combined weaving studio and shop is situated in a listed building in the centre of historical Dingle town, which is situated in one of the most spectacular parts of The Wild Atlantic Way. The building still retains most of its original 1850’s architectural features.
The shop is the only outlet for Lisbeth Mulcahy’s signature designs in high quality woven goods, some of which are woven in the studio upstairs in the shop. The weaving room is open to view by the public, who can see how the wall hangings are made. The Lisbeth Mulcahy range includes scarves, stoles, throws and wall hangings – all woven in high quality natural yarns, with a new range of colours for the scarves and stoles introduced every year.
Lisbeth Mulcahy also makes one-off woven tapestries, some of which to commission by both private, corporate and church clients. Fifteen of her large scale tapestries were commissioned by the Department of Foreign Affairs over a number of years and are on display in Irish diplomatic missions around the world.
As well as Lisbeth’s work Siopa na bhFhíodóirí stocks the work of other Irish designer/makers, including that of her potter husband, Louis Mulcahy.
Siopa na bhFíodóirí/The Weavers’ Shop does not offer structured tuition or lectures. However, occasionally small groups of students or other special interest groups can arrange a personalised visit with a demonstration and a short talk by Lisbeth Mulcahy on her work and the history and design philosophy of the business.