Material Alchemy Seminar

Material Alchemy

On Friday 11th March 2016, we headed off in earnest from the Ulster University to Kilkenny for the exhibition Not Too Precious, hosted by National Craft Gallery Ireland. Upon arrival we were greeted by the beautifully curated exhibition.  Once we gathered ourselves and took a few selfies with Zoe Robertson’s Necklace, we headed to the talks.

Having travelled from Birmingham, Zoe Robertson kicked off the day with a presentation on her inspiration, working methods and her newest exhibition, ‘Flockomania’. As a fan of her work it was very exciting to see her process and studio environment. She was followed by Eoin M Lyons giving us an insight into his mind space and recent NCAD graduate Jaki Coffey with her new perspective on the jewellery art scene providing us with a laugh and a view of what’s possible when you literally apply yourself to everything! After the individual talks there was a panel discussion about opportunities available to those on different stages of their career. I feel this was of huge benefit to the students in the room posing the reality of their future lives as artists/jewellers.

Just before lunch we had the pleasure of listening to Sonja Landweer telling us about Ireland in the 60’s with a wonderful anecdote about garlic and her uncensored films being show in the Castle Yard.

After a stroll around the lovely surroundings, we heard from Felieke van der Leest about her childhood inspired work. Julie Connellan discussed the public’s engagement and perception of jewellery art and Carina Shoshtary told us about her beautiful work that’s inspired by her surroundings. The presentations were followed by a second panel discussion, which looked at the journey the work makes after leaving the studio to galleries, collectors and beyond.

This seminar was very inspiring and it was encouraging to see an event of this type happening in Ireland. Hopefully from this stems a jewellery revolution! A huge thank you to the Design &Craft Council Ireland, The National Craft Gallery and all of the speakers who took part.

Robyn Galway

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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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Getting ready for HOME 2015…

We have been really excited about working with the amazing Convoi Eceptionnel. Check out the details below about the first part of this project which opened in Finland this month.

convoi exceptionnel & Art Jewellery Network proudly present:

Pohdintoja kodista & kansallisuudesta – Thoughts about home & nationality

Exhibition runs: 4/8/15 – 30/8/15

Mikä tekee kodista kodin? Onko koti paikka, mielentila, muisto? Miten kansallisuus vaikuttaa? Jokainen vastaus on erilainen – näyttely esittelee 18 näkökulmaa korutaiteen keinoin.

What makes you feel like home? Is home for you a place, a state of mind, a memory? How does the nationality effect? Every answer is different – the exhibition will present 18 point of views by the means of jewellery art.

AVAJAISET 4.8.2015 klo 18, Tervetuloa!! / OPENING 4.8.2015 at 18:00, Welcome!!

Taiteilijat / Artists:

Finland
CHRISTINE JALIO
INKA KANGASNIEMI
MINNA KARHU
VIIVI KIISKINEN
MINNA MARKKANEN
ANNI MYLLYNIEMI
ARI PYÖRÄLÄ
JENNI SOKURA
TARJA TUUPANEN

Ireland
EMMA CAHILL
STUART CAIRNS
ROBYN GALWAY
NIAMH HANNAFORD
HELLE HELSNER
SHANNON MCSHANE
CLAIRE SKELTON
HEATHER DORNAN WILSON
LOTUS DE WIT

HOME

NCAD Metals and Jewellery Graduate Show 2015

We had a great day trip down to Dublin yesterday to see the NCAD graduate show. Below are some snapshots of the work, really stunning and diverse ranges. Congratulations to all the students!

We were particularly interested in seeing Jaki Coffey‘s MFA ‘Lust at Sea’ collection. We had the pleasure of exhibiting her amazing, curate your own skip (‘Lust in Found’) graduate work last year as part of our ‘Chain Reaction Exhibition‘ so her iconic yellow designs immediately caught our attention.

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 NCAD metals & Jewellery Graduate show runs from 13th to 21st June, 2015 then you can catch them at New Designers 2015 in London! (Stand JC18, Part 1).