making it: 10 Exhibition

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.

Making it

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2014 The Jewellery Exchange

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.

To buy the book 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 Exhibition at Space CRAFT.

ArtJewelleryNetwork

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 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…

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ACJ 2014 Members’ exhibition

ACJ 2014 Members’ exhibition:

I was delighted to be accepted to exhibit in ACJ’s ‘ICONS’ exhibition. I chose to make a piece for David Attenborough, an iconic figure in many ways he has provided me with endless inspiration and influenced my work as well as personal philosophy.
I designed something that would be practical when stuck in the jungle because I cannot imagine Sir Attenborough wearing jewellery just for the sake of it. The piece is a silver holder for a water filter (Available from camping shops they enable you to drink water safely in the wild). It is shaped as an insect so it does not look out of place in any documentary he may be filming.

Dates: 17 May to 27 July

Venue: National Centre for Craft & Design

ICONS – jewellery for the famous and infamous, pieces reflecting cultural & design icons.

Find out more about the exhibition and the Association of Contemporary Jewellery here.

This is the third annual Members’ exhibition, following the 2012 Diamond Jubilee and 2013 STAIN-LESS exhibitions.

Water Filter Brooch, Sterling Silver
Water Filter Brooch, Sterling Silver