I collaborate with the National Museum of Ireland to create Jewellery inspired by selected artifacts for sale through their retail outlets.
This Museum has been a special place for me since childhood. The gold Bronze and Iron Age personal ornaments particularly resonate with me as significant pieces were found close to where my family is from in Co. Clare. These artifacts reflect a wealthy sophisticated society that supported the production of such quality work. .
Complimenting this refinement s the powerful presence of silver personal ornament created by Dublin based Viking silversmiths between 850AD and 1150AD.
Metal continues to inspire as my most recent collaboration involves the wonderful work of the blacksmith in nineteenth century Ireland.
The journey to clarify responses to the chosen artifacts was instructive and enlightening.
This collection is inspired by the Iron Age Gold Ribbon Torc discovered in Antrim (NMI, R. 2606, Archaeology).
This beautiful gold artifact was developed through the technique described today as anticlastic raising- here technique dictates both form and function.
The skilled command of material and elegant proportion of the piece has bequeathed us superb design and a fine example of the goldsmith’s skill.
This collection is available in 18ct yellow gold and Sterling Silver.
The early Bronze Age gold Sun discs, with the thin sheet decorated with a variety of ridges, chevrons and dots inspired this sterling silver collection of pendants, brooch, ring and cuff links. (NMI, 1872:34, 35 Archaeology)
A fragment of one of the delicately decorated gold Lunalae from the early Bronze Age 1800–2000 BC is the source for this pendant, brooch and earrings. .
Bronze Dress Fastener
The La Tene period, 400-100BC, was a time of great richness of expression in Irish Art. My brooch is a reflection of the carved Bronze Dress Fastener of the period. (NMI, W.492 Archaeology)
Bronze Dress Fastener 600AD (NMI, W.492 Archaeology)
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There was a thriving jewellery trade in existent during the Viking period in Dublin (850AD–1150AD). The strong presence and robust style of the work exploits the qualities of silver to good effect.
My Thistle brooch is based on the iconic Penannular Thistle Brooch (NMI, 1874:103, Archaeology) and the Flower and Beaded pieces based on similarly decorated Viking penannular brooches.
The expandable bangle and ring refers to a Viking bangle with a similar structure seen in the collection in Archaeology.
HOMAGE TO THE BLACKSMITH
While the gold artefacts in Archaeology are the most notable in the collections of the National Museum the less well known work of the nineteenth and early twentieth century blacksmith deserves our attention . A selection of their work in the form of kitchen implements is on show in the Irish Country Furniture exhibition in Decorative Arts and History, as well as the Museum of Country Life, Turlough Park, Co Mayo. The versatile skill and sensitive expression of these craftsmen is seen in these toasting forks, grid irons and bread irons . Their owners must have derived great use and pleasure from them over many years.
I was delighted, therefore, to develop an exclusive range of silver jewellery based on this work for the retail outlets of the National Museum : The Heart Collection and Tree Collection
The work is sold in both a polished and blackened silver finish.