All things Gallogly...
I am Helen Gallogly, a Textile Designer and Maker, specialising in Printed Textile pieces and products for Interiors. My work also extends to Theatre and Costume. As I often get asked, my sir name Gallogly comes from the beautiful county of Leitrim in Ireland, from where my Dad hails. There are a great many Gallogly families in other parts of Ireland of course, and here and there across the globe. My late Uncle Alfie Gallogly published a wonderful book about our family history, he was a truly great Gallogly.
So, in 1999 I moved to Scotland from Bedfordshire to study Constructed Textiles at Duncan of Jordanstone Art School in Dundee. After spending many years in Fife and then Edinburgh I travelled for 6 months through South America, working and researching for a new body of work, before finally settling in Glasgow.
From horror, ghost stories and folk tales to botanical life, animal life, taxidermy, museum collections, architecture and archaeology, my interests are fairly varied, though relationships between many of these things feature in my work.
My parents had an antique/ second hand furniture shop for many years, called 'Magpie Corner' . My sisters and I grew up around the shop and many of the more interesting things there ended up back at our house. My love of antiques and curiosities grew from this exposure. My love and connection with these things was strong even back then and the interest and influence has never left me.
I am now settled within the village of Comrie, in Perth and Kinross.
Outlander TV Series
In June 2014 I begun working within the Outlander Costume department, as their Textile Artist. It has been the most incredible experience to design, print and paint Textile pieces for various principle characters, from season 1 and through to season 4. A few examples can be seen via the 'Costume' link below.