Jewellery Talks – August Craft Month 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended the Art Jewellery Network Jewellery Talks. This was is a lovely opportunity to meet and network with jewellers based in Ireland as well as get an insight into the practice of emerging and established makers. As part of the event everyone brought a piece of their favourite contemporary jewellery for the ‘Schmucktisch’. This provided a lovely chance to discover and discuss techniques, materials and inspiration.

Presentations by; Claire Skelton, Rachel McKnight, Niamh Hannaford and Melyssa Shannon.

Artist Jewellery Talk

A big thank you to all the lovely people who came along to our Jewellery Artist Talk on 20th August at Space CRAFT.

A number of the jewellers who are taking part in our ‘Home’ exhibition came along to our artists talks to present an insight into their personal practice and the inspiration behind their piece for the exhibition.

There was a great turn out for this event with a diverse mixture of people from the general public as well as jewellers. The feedback seemed to convey that it was insightful to hear the jewellers talk about the process and concept behind their work. Presenting conceptual jewellery to the general public is a challenge in every project that we do. We hope that this event helped to provide an engaging insight into our exhibition. There are many interesting debates on the identity of art jewellery which makes this such an fascinating field to work in.

About the ‘Home’ Exchange Exhibition:
The exhibition showcases the work of 9 Irish Art Jewellers alongside 9 Finnish Art Jewellers. Each maker has made a piece based on the theme of ‘Home’. The work is currently on exhibition in Taidebunkkeri, Finland, 4th to 30th August and will be on show in Space CRAFT, Belfast, 1st to 31st October 2015.
With the refugee crisis in Mediterranean constantly in the news, the concept of ‘Home’ is a topical one. Is it something you take for granted? Is home for you a place, a state of mind, a memory? How does nationality affect this? Every answer is different – the exhibition will present 18 points of view through jewellery.

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Workshop Information

As part of our ‘Chain Reaction Exhibition’ we will be providing two jewellery workshops open to the public, if you would like to take part please read the information below.

European Heritage Open Days at St George’s Church Belfast.

Workshop description: Take part in our public collaboration of making a 200 link necklace to celebrate the bicentenary of St.Georges Church during the European Open Heritage Days. The chain represents the extensive journey of the Church and the start of ours. Create your own Experimental jewellery chain to take away.
Jewellery workshop at St George’s Church.
This workshop is open and free to everyone over the age of 10.
Date: Saturday 13th September 2014
Venue: St George’s Church, High Street, Belfast
Time: Workshop lasts 2 hours, 1st session 11am to 1pm 2nd session 1:30pm to 3:30pm.
Booking is essential to reserve a space please email
Or telephone 07518944235

Culture Night Belfast
Come along to Tattoos for Lost Souls where we will be hosting an interactive workshop for all to join in. We will provided non-traditional materials based on the Culture Night theme of Regrowth to make your own piece of jewellery. We will photograph the piece on the person to document everyone’s fantastic creations, then everyone gets to take it home to wear and enjoy it.
Come along and step into our world to experience this fantastic new adventure.
AJN will be exhibiting a selection of the works as a window display at Tattoos for Lost Souls with an interactive workshop. The full exhibition is displayed in St. Georgre’s Church.
Date: Friday 19th September 2014
Venue: Tattoos For Lost Souls, North Street
Time: 17:30 to 20:30


Introducing the Chain Reaction Participants


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In the next couple of months we will be showcasing work by the artists below as part of our Chain Reaction Exhibition. We are really excited about bringing together the beautiful, diverse range of jewellery by these makers. Below is … Continue reading

Craft Fest 2014

10561632_888320237845250_6009276788521289186_nTwo thirds of AJN (Shannon McShane and Robyn Galway) took part in Craft Fest this year. Exhibiting, demonstrating and selling their jewellery in the National Trust’s Castle Ward.

Craft Fest is organised by the Craft and Design Collective to celebrate Applied Art and Design this annual event provides a great opportunity to  meet the makers and get an insight into their practice.

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Sarah Warsop

Sarah Warsop Jewellery, Drawing Moves to Making. 
In April I attended Sarah Warsop’s ‘Drawing Moves To Making’ Exhibition and Workshop in   R-Space Gallery Lisburn. This was a really interesting experience to take part in. Sarah talked us through her unique approach to creating jewellery. As a choreographer she starts with dance/movement which then progresses to drawing and finally making the final piece. We were taken beyond our comfort zone whilst experimenting with her techniques, she took us through a series of movement exercises followed by word association and abstract drawing. I am fascinated by peoples personal approaches to making and this provided an amazing insight into her process.
 Sarah Warsop is a jeweller and a choreographer. Her gold and silver jewellery is hand-made, every element hand forged on small stakes to create one off pieces. Each resulting sculpture has a dance at it’s heart. She uses her own choreography to make limited edition collections and accepts commissions, working closely with each client to create a piece of jewellery which holds within it a personal, dynamic story. This exhibition comprises a selection of her work including jewellery, drawings, and artist film, plus an artist talk aimed at professional Makers, Artists and Dancers. M.A.D.?.
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