The Jewellery Studio
I was a free lance jewellery designer and master pattern maker for the trade in Dublin, before going out on my own in 2009. I studied a degree in Fine Craft Design, Jewellery, in Belfast at the University of Ulster in York street, for 4 years. Then I did a post grad at the Sir John Cass college of jewellery in London for a year. I came back to Ireland and went free lance in order to gain experience in lots of different areas of jewellery design and master pattern making. I designed and created the "Children of Lir" jewellery range for TJH of Dublin. Since starting my own ranges, I have designed and created two lines of jewellery for the National Museum of Ireland in Kildare St, Dublin, based on their treasures the "Broighter Boat" and the "Fadden More Psalter", or "Bog Book" as it's more commonly known. I love designing + creating jewellery!!
I worked with a 6th class group of 23 boys + girls to make a display piece to celebrate their upcoming confirmation. I introduced them to the joys of fine sheet wax. They produced beautiful flowers, which we spray painted white and then mounted on copper wire branches on a copper tree into which a beautiful copper woven Dove on a tall pole fitted. The branches also held woven hearts and words that described the gifts of the Holy Spirit. They had great fun learning wire techniques + beating spiral feathers for the Dove. I gave wax pirate coin making classes to 10 – 12 year olds at the tall ships festival in 2011. Feedback from the crafts council said that it was one of the most popular classes held.
I live in Cavan and will travel up to an hour by car in any direction, which would encompass parts of Monaghan, Leitrim, Meath and Longford.
Visual Arts, Mathematics, History, Science, Geography, Nature Studies
I’m interested in working with different age groups and abilities, including primary school 4th class up, workshops, post primary workshops, nursing homes, special interest groups, and community based programmes, outreach programmes, seminars and gallery talks.
I would like to deliver 3D projects dealing with colour, texture and construction using recycled materials i.e. plastics, paper, fabrics, wood,
I love a challenge; designing something from nothing + seeing it grow into a finished piece. I can turn my hand to most crafts with success, as I think in a very three dimensional way. I love using recycled materials for larger projects and seeing them become something totally different. I’m very open to new ideas + suggestions.
Primary School Workshops