bombyxMORI by leading felt making artist and clothing designer.
Award winning textile artist and designer Astrid Tomrop-Hofmann is based near Galway, in Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.
Astrid designs and produces unique felt clothing, felt and silk scarves, hats, felt fashion accessories and wearable art.

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The studio, workshop and an Asian style Tea House are at home in a protected woodland area. This provides a solid and creative base for the business and gives visitors the opportunity to see the process of creativity in action. Astrid also facilitates workshops for small groups in her residence.


bombyxmori decor

bombyxMORI was founded in 1999 by
Astrid Tomrop-Hofmann

Astrid was born in Germany (1949). She moved to Ireland with her husband in 1979, and bought a house with a view to becoming self-sufficient.
Since her childhood Astrid was surrounded by creativity, fashion and art. Her mother was a textile designer and her grandparents owned a beautiful garden, which inspired Astrid greatly. She was trained as a professional make-up artist at Film Studio Hamburg and Thalia Theater, and has been involved in art all her life. In 1986 Astrid started painting on silk and a decade later began to see it as a viable business opportunity .

The bombyxMORI Teahouse
BombyxMORI Irish craft felt scarf on a manequin

bombyxMORI comes from the Latin name of the silk moth.

I started felting in 2002 and since then have built up a wide range of products including scarves, hats, garments and art-pieces. Today, I am a passionate felt artist and fashion designer with wonderful stockists and customers around the world.

I have received a lot of recognition for my work. bombyxMORI has been attending Ireland`s premium trade fair ‘Showcase’ in Dublin for more than 20 years. I was twice awarded with the first prize for felting in the RDS National Craft Competition. In 2015 I completed a three year certificate in felting – Fit in Filz – in Oberrot Germany. I have received further education under well known textile artists in Ireland & Germany. I am also a member of Feltmakers Ireland and Design Crafts Council of Ireland.

I like the challenge of working with different materials and find this fascinating.

Under the hands of the designer/maker, the fibres enter into communication and transform into a new structure & design. After the felting process is completed, I enjoy working with free hand-embroidery to express my feelings.

bombyxMORI is proud to present  wide range of felt clothing and felt scarves, hats and accessories with wooly, silky and funky textures. One-of-a-Kind Treasures.
Every piece is created with loose woolfibre and some are combined with silk, organic cotton, linen or synthetic fabric!
All pieces are entirely handmade from the start to finish.
The art of felting requires concentration, strength and precision while generating excitement and surprises!
The work explores pattern, colours and mixedmedia elements.

bombyxMORI Felt artist and designer Astrid Tomrop-Hofmann