Maker of contemporary jewellery, tea infusers and small *things*.
Author: Lotus de Wit
I am a jeweller based in County Down, Ireland. My work consists of contemporary jewellery and small sculptures predominantly made from precious metals. Current influences include entomology, origami and illustration.
At AJN we have been working with the wonderful convoi exceptionnel in Finland on an exchange project entitled, ‘Home’.
What makes you feel at home? Is home for you a place, a state of mind, a memory? How does your nationality fit into your concept of home? Every answer is different: the exhibition presents 18 point of views by the means of jewellery art.
This exhibition showcases the work of 9 Irish Art Jewellers alongside 9 Finnish Art Jewellers. Each jeweller has made a piece based on the theme of ‘Home’, the work will be exhibited in Taidebunkkeri, Finland 4th to 30th August and in Belfast, Ireland 1st to 31st of October 2015.
As part of August Craft Month this year I am exhibiting a large brooch as part of the making it: 10 Exhibition. A lovely collection of work by participants of the programme are on display until 23rd September 2015.
Dates and times: 30th July to 23rd September 2015.Opening Hours: 10am-5pm, Monday to Saturday
Venue: Millennium Court Arts Centre, 2 William Street, Portadown, BT62 3NX
Curated by Shan McAnena, this exhibition celebrates 10 years of Craft NI’s making it programme.
Exhibitors include: Rachel O’Neill, Rachel McKnight, John McKeag, Eddie Doherty, Michael Rice, Andrea Hayes, Adam Frew, Heather Wilson, Ronan Lowery Design Onion, Derek Wilson, Lotus de Wit, Jude Cassidy, Catherine Keenan, Michelle Stephens, Katie Brown, Eamonn Higgins, Diane Lyness, Alison Lowry, Rebecca Killen, Aine McKenna, Lauren Scott, Julie Scott, Kirsty Martin, Shauna McGowan, René Mullin.
Project Linlon is on show in R-Space Gallery, Lisburn from 21st March to 18th April 2015.
This weekend I had the pleasure of attending an artist talk and workshop by Nora Fok as part of her exhibition at R-Space Gallery. It was lovely to get a chance to chat to Nora about her work, I haven’t met many artists who are as generous in sharing their knowledge. A lot of her techniques have taken years of research to bring together and this passion really comes across when you see her research collections. Carefully collected in handmade boxes these collections consist of beautiful natural/found and recycled materials. Seed heads carefully dissected and preserved show the visual link to the forms found in her work.
Through the talk we were given some background about Nora. Growing up in Hong Kong she left school early to work in…
R Space is a visual arts and crafts space, presenting and commissioning a programme of exhibitions and arts activity based in The Linen Rooms in the heart of the City of Lisburn, Northern Ireland. R Space exhibits the work of artists and makers who explore Materials, Messages and Methods of production of work that has meaning in its quality. It is important that their work considers What they use, Why they use it and How they present its outcome.
The Jewellery Exchange 2014 is an event curated by contemporary jeweller, Olga Raben. Through the wonders of Facebook she organised a worldwide exchange between 370 contemporary jewellers. All applicants were paired up with another maker randomly. With some goodwill and a love for jewellery we all made a piece for our partner.
To find out more about the project and all the participants click here.
I was paired up with the very talented Ciara Bowles, her work is playful colourful, bold and daring. Inspired by the strong style in her work I wanted to create something playful and fun with a little bit of character and from this ‘Björn’ was created.
Below is an image of the stunning earrings I received from Ciara, see her full range here.
Chain Reaction opened at the Space CRAFT Gallery on the 2nd of October and continues to 1st of November 2014. This exhibition brings together a number of art jewellers from or based in Ireland, it showcases a diverse range of beautiful, alternative jewellery.
The AJN Team; Lotus, Shannon & Robyn.
The participants were invited to create a one metre chain which joins up to make a large installation in the form of a necklace. Each chain can be worn individually or multiple chains can be worn together. Alongside this is a selection of each jeweller’s own work to give an insight into their practice.
It has been really exciting to bring together 14 art jewellers who all have very different approaches to their work. The images below provide an overview of the opening night and exhibition. To find out more about our participants individually check out our earlier introduction blog…
We received lots of visitors and positive feedback from our exhibition as part of European Heritage Open Days this weekend. NEXT UP is Belfast Culture Night on 19th September were will be giving another workshop and the exhibition will be open 5:30 to 9pm at St George’s Church, Hight Street, Belfast.
We are very excited preparing for our Chain Reaction Exhibition. Below is a sneak peak of our participants, to find out more about the maker just click on their image. This exhibition will part of European Heritage Open Days,Culture night Belfast and on show in the Space CRAFT gallery during October. For further information check out our AJN Projects page.