A COOKSTOWN woman has just released her first novel Silk For The Feed Dogs, inspired by her experiences in the fashion world.
After completing an MA in Fashion Design at London’s Central St Martin’s, Jackie lived in Milan for eight years designing for Moschino’s and Armani’s catwalks while stockpiling stories and character studies for a novel she didn’t know she was
gearing up to write.
On a trip to New York in 2006, Jackie fell in love with the city and its sense of possibility that hummed like electricity around her. She moved there and it wasn’t long before she quit the hustle of Manhattan’s garment district to spend three quiet years at her kitchen table writing Silk for the Feed Dogs, her first novel.
Jackie fell for the poetry of Seamus Heaney and the writing of Polly Devlin at an early age. They provided the inspiration for endless notebooks filled with teenage ramblings. But when faced with the choice of studying Literature or Art and Design at university in Belfast, she chose the latter.
Silk for the Feed Dogs illuminates a world the author knows intimately in a way it hadn’t been described before: with thoughtfulness, profundity and humour.
It follows Kat Connelly, innovative designer and introspective daughter of an Irish farmer, who is disappointed with her first job in fashion. She copies catwalk looks for a London garmento who is reliant on two things to survive: self-medication and cheap Chinese production.
Kat feels the lure of a higher aesthetic beckoning and escapes to Milan. When Kat is invited into the impenetrable House of Adriani to design their high-profile collection, she throws a cast-iron hierarchy into turmoil. Some will do anything to see her fall...
Silk For The Feed Dogs is available from Amazon and all good bookshops.