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Richard Killearney
Richard Killeaney

rkilleaney@moore.edu

Richard Killeaney was raised in San Diego, California. He received his BA in studio art from Hobart College and a MFA in Textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has taught textile design to students at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, The Art Institute of New York City, and The Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been exhibited in numerous gallery shows, most recently at the New Britain Museum of Art in 2014. He has been featured in Natural Home magazine (Jan/Feb 2007) and profiled for Patrick McMullan’s online magazine PMc. He currently lives in Bridgeport, CT where he runs Ocheltree Design, his own line of quilts, pillows, and home accessories.

Ocheltree Design, named after Richard’s great, great grandmother’s maiden name, pushes the idea that green design can look great. The line takes inspiration from the Southern California Coast. The quilts and decorative pillows in the line are manufactured in the USA at a quality to withstand daily use and to become heirloom pieces. The materials used are either repurposed fabrics or organic, including men’s shirting, wool tweeds, cashmere knits, and denim. While the quilts may be hung on the wall, they are designed in unlimited editions in varying sizes from crib quilts to king sized. The pillow inserts are filled with kapok, a plant fiber, down-alternative that is animal product free, hypoallergenic, and supports sustainable rainforest economies. The tote bag collection repurposes leather and suede from apparel sources to make simple, sleek bags for everyday use.