Tara has trained and worked as a designer in the textile industry in New York the UK, Ireland and China. Tara has recently become an associate research fellow on the SMARTfashion team at SMARTlab based in UCD where she is investigating the idea of sustainability and its transcendence through many different forms- including the boundaries of human experience, communication, and interaction in regard to personal and immediate environments.
In her work, she returns constantly to the theme of garments as cladding and what that means to man on a daily basis. The potential for external cladding, to act as an interface between man and the immediate environment, promotes reflection, emotional durability and communication. Through our clothing we forge personal systems of identity that we construct with deliberation and care.