Ruth Osborne Art
Based in rural County Down, Ruth Osborne's artwork combines printmaking and painting on Irish Linen, chosen for its sustainability and heritage in Ireland. Her work examines nature’s details, textures, seasons, and celebrates local landscapes from meadows and mountains to woodlands and shorelines. Ruth's products include original works of art, cards and homewares that inspire a connection with nature.
Ruth Osborne is an artist based in rural County Down where she works from her home studio by the shores of Strangford Lough. Her creative practice has developed through many routes and combines her background in Art History, printmaking practice, interest in folklore and the textiles heritage, in particular the story of Linen, in Ireland. Ruth works primarily on locally sourced Irish Linen and creates unique works combining a range of printmaking techniques and hand-embellished painterly elements. Ruth is inspired by the local landscape and flora, the changing seasons, Irish Folklore and Celtic heritage. Her work is unique, delicate and instilled with a sense of peace and place. It aims to connect you with nature and to bring the outside in.
Ruth has exhibited and sold her work since 2018 and has pieces represented in public and private collections including Antrim Area Hospital and Textile Collection of the Ulster Folk Museum (National Museums Northern Ireland).
Ruth works with both commercial and residential clients to create commissioned artworks and wall panels. Her bespoke commission service includes creating artworks based on bridal bouquets, loved ones’ gardens and meaningful locations. Bespoke works capture special moments or places and enrich the connection between the client and artwork.
Ruth also creates widely affordable artwork with her range of smaller-scale Irish Linen original pieces, giclee art prints and frameable art cards. Her new homeware range includes SOLAS\Light hand printed Irish Linen Votives and bespoke hand-printed Irish Linen napkin sets.
She regularly facilitates creative workshops for art and heritage centres and community organisations. She also offers virtual workshops delivered via Zoom.
Killinchy, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
My studio is not open to the public. Please get in touch if you would like a private viewing of available artworks.
In Klover, Hillsborough
The Craft Room, Comber
Siopa An Carn, Maghera
Craft NI Gallery, Belfast
The Designerie, Bushmills
Framewerk Gallery, Belfast
Introduction to Nature Printing, Helen’s Bay Walled Garden, 9th August 7-9pm * Book Here*
Gel Plate Printing and Collage Workshop, Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre, 11th August, 10.30am – 3:30pm *Website*
This is a new workshop I am offering and it’s one I love as its playful, creative and exploratory.
Gel plate printing is a unique, fun and creative way to create artworks. During the course of this workshop you will explore a variety of ways to use the Gel plate to create your own designs. Using inks and paint along with a range of papers, fabrics, found objects and foliage you will create a series of hand-printed decorative designs that explore texture, colour and shape. These papers will then be used to create unique collage artworks. A frame will be supplied so that you can take home your own collage artwork to hang at home.
Introduction to Printing with Plants, hosted by Ballytrim Pantry and includes a 2 course lunch and garden tour, 11th September, workshop will run from 11am – 1pm *Website* (please note booking is not yet open for this workshop)
Hand-printed Linen Lanterns, Burnavon Arts Centre, 15th October, 10am – 1pm, *website*
Introduction to Gel Plate Printing, The Craft Room Comber, 27th October, 7-9pm *website*
Festive workshops during which we will look at the symbolism associated with seasonal foliage evergreens such as holly, ivy and fir and explore printing to create nature inspired festive artworks and cards.
Festive Botanical Printmaking, The Seamus Heaney Homeplace, 5th November, 10:00 – 1:00pm, *website*
Festive Botanical Printing, The Marketplace Theatre and Arts Centre, 19th November, 10am – 1pm *website*