Great to see Irish studio jewellery getting a mention in today's Irish Times. It's a newish concept for Irish people that wearables straying from traditional methods and materials can/should beworthy of kudos and consideration. However, I think the value and individuality of art jewellery is gradually creeping into our psyche.
I'm in the process of setting up a small collective of Irish studio jewellers to highlight the variety and quality of work Ireland has to offer.
Here's the link for the online article below but the hardcopy feels so satisfying!
I'm taking part in an excellent exhibition at the moment. It is called Not Too Precious and is being held in the Ruthin Craft Centre in Wales. Curated by Gregory Parsons, it has some of the big players of the jewellery world including Felieke Van Der Leest, Lena Peterson and Timothy Information Ltd.
Ellie Jones-Hughes made this video at New Designers interviewing the students about their material choices. Find me at 2.26
For more information see http://ruthincraftcetre.org.uk/exhibitions/not-too-precious/