Grainne’s heart rules her head

By Staff Reporter

Milliner Gráinne Maher is the owner of her self-titled, Ravenhill Road-based hat-makers as well as the jewellery label Pluck and Devour. Her work was seen by a global audience in November when MTV European Music Awards host Selena Gomez wore two of her necklaces on stage during the event in the Odyssey Arena

I was born on the Saintfield Road

I grew up in Carryduff

I now live on the Ravenhill Road

My earliest memory is feeding a rejected baby lamb called Peggy with a baby’s milk bottle

When I was a child I wanted to be a famous singer

I actually became a milliner and jewellery designer

The worst job I ever had was working in a chip shop

The best job I ever had is being the mum of three kids

The bravest thing I have ever done is surviving a near death experience during an extreme asthma attack whilst pregnant

The stupidest thing I have ever done is getting a rubbish tattoo on my midriff

The biggest thing I have yet to do is showcase my work on an international catwalk

The person who inspired me most is my mum

The most important thing in the world is doing good unto others

I’m very bad at taking criticism

I’m very good at singing

I’m most proud of winning fashion designer of the year

My best friend would say I am a sensitive soul

I like to relax by having a long soak in a bubble bath

My favourite saying is ‘carpe diem’

The last book I read was An Anthology of Hats by Stephen Jones

My favourite movie is This is Spinal Tap

The actor that would play me in a movie of my life would be Christina Ricci

The best place I have ever been is Venice

The place I have to visit before I die is the moon

The last person I talked to on the phone is my dad

The last text message I received was from my friend and lingerie designer Mary Murphy

If I was a politician I would campaign to make all schools secular

If I won the lottery I would start a fashion design centre for postgraduates in Northern Ireland and nurture a new fashion manufacturing industry in memory of our linen mill past

If I could describe myself in five words they would be tenacious, emotional, kind, witty, short

If I could invite five people (alive or dead) to a dinner party they would be Isabella Blow, Philip Treacy, John Galliano, Martin McGuinness and Peter Robinson

If I could change one thing about South Belfast it would be to fill the empty retail units with new, thriving businesses

My favourite thing about South Belfast is that it’s a wonderful multi-cultural community with a village feel about it

 

 

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