My artwork is based on one of four things (i) nostalgic moments with loved ones….family and friends, (ii) totem animal and natural symbolism (soul carvings),(iii) my Celtic heritage and the ”love heart’. Mythological tales of my ancestors and my gaelic language have a great influence on my designs also.
I recently developed a character called ‘Nona’. Nona always comes with a totem (animal) giving an emotional wellbeing message, and a warm feeling within. I’m having so much fun with her.
Jenny Lawlor is an Irish designer currently working with 3D printing technology to create contemporary jewellery. A love of linear structure, pure geometric shapes, bold forms, proportion and attention to detail inspired her to investigate the artistic application and manufacturing capabilities of 3D printing directly into precious metal. Working closely with U3D, the commercial 3D printing service of University College Dublin (UCD), the best of digital and human skills are utilised to develop jewellery that merges classic materials, contemporary design and cutting edge technology.
Kiera O’Toole is a visual artist who studied Fine Art at Dublin Institute of Technology graduating in 2000 and completed a MPhil (Fine Art) in Newcastle University, Australia in 2013. Exhibited in Ireland, Finland and Australia including National Museum of Australia in 2011 and obtained several artists in residencies in Australia and Ireland. Panellist for New Perspectives on Drawing for Bart Lodewijks’ exhibition in The Model, Co. Sligo, Ireland, and presented at the 20th Australasian Conference for Irish Studies in University of NSW, Australia and Not just Ned: the true history of the Irish in Australia at the National Museum of Australia. Public collections in the OPW, Wicklow County Council, Lissadell House Art Collection in Ireland and in the Maitland Regional Gallery and Mercure Hotels in Australia. Private collections are in Ireland, Australia, UK, USA and Germany.
O’Toole has an extensive experience in teaching Drawing /Painting, Art Theory and Art History as a casual academic in Newcastle University, NSW, Australia, TAFE (Training and Further Education), ETB (formerly VEC) and drawing teacher The Model, Co Sligo and The Dock Co Leitrim.
O’Toole is currently developing workshops that explore drawing as a means of communication for TEAM BUILDING.
Rachel Quinn is a designer maker living and working in sligo. Rachel has spent the past 20 years working in ceramics and currently has 3 ranges from a mythological range , a garden range and a range of wall pieces. Rachel has also been teaching ceramics from her studio and in the classroom and is on the education panel of the Design and crafts Council of Ireland . Rachels studio is open to the public and you are welcome to visit please call ahead if you are making the journey especially .
Childminder turned business owner! I have worked for several years in the Sligo area as a child minder, enjoying the work I do. However, when a change in circumstances occurred in early 2019, I decided I wanted to do something more with my life. As such, with my partner, we founded our new business Solas Tine. Making soaps and bath bombs with vegan friendly ingredients, I decided to take a full time approach to the business.
I enjoy networking with like minded people, meeting new people who can spark inspiration and who I can bounce ideas around with. In my down time I like to relax with a good movie, watch TV or go walking with the dog!
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