As an extension to my current practice in sculpture, I have recently begun to re-visit my jewellery background with a view to establishing a sustainable business. It has been a busy and rewarding period which I hope will continue into the foreseeable future.
In early 2013, I began to reflect on the potential of re-visiting my applied art background in jewellery design. It began in earnest with a project called Leitrim LIVECRAFT. Leitrim LIVECRAFT was a dynamic creative training programme supporting economic activity in County Leitrim which allowed participants to learn new creative and business skills. Leitrim Development Company developed the project under the Rural Development LEADER Programme. The unique training programme was implemented by The Leitrim Design House in association with the Leitrim Sculpture Centre where I am currently a studio holder.
For quite some time, I had considered how to best use my creative skills in a commercially viable way and the programme helped me enormously to focus, in terms of implementation and business training. In addition, it was a great opportunity to meet other creative people based in the North West of Ireland.
It was also at this time that I first met the lovely folks at the Leitrim Design House. The Leitrim Design House is an organisation committed to supporting the development and success of designer/makers working in the creative sector. They promote the excellence of modern Irish craftsmanship which is also on show in their Retail Gallery. In mid-2014, following the Leitrim LIVECRAFT programme, I participated in their Business Development Programme with Eddie Shanahan - President of the Fashion Council of Ireland.
This led not only to my first showcase of the Glow collection in their Retail Gallery but also a short time later, to my being selected for ‘Create – Irish Designers’ in August/September 2014. Now, in its fourth year, the event is hosted by Brown Thomas on Grafton Street in Dublin. It was a great opportunity and learning curve to launch the Glow Collection.