All jewellery lovers need see the BRILLIANT TALENT emerging from Irish design at THE NATIONAL CRAFTS FAIR, writes Jewellery Editor NATASHA SHERLING, who gives her pick of who to watch …
The National Crafts and Design Fair starts tomorrow, November 30 at the RDS. It runs until December 4 and features some brilliant gift inspiration from talented makers across the country. It can be an overwhelming experience – with hundreds of stands, and thousands of visitors, it can be helpful to have a plan before arriving at the fair. There is a full list of exhibitors, and a floor map, here; there are so many brilliant jewellery designers in particular to discover, so as a start, here are some of those we think are not to be missed!
Familiar names like metal smiths Seamus Gill, Alan Ardiff and Martina Hamilton will be there, but it’s also a nice chance to become familiar with fresher designers, such as Helena Malone, Jennifer Kinnear and Scribble and Stone.
1. Helena Malone, who featured as part of this year’s CREATE at Brown Thomas is known for her romantic, impactful pieces; her collections balance being dramatic but elegant beautifully. We love the new brooch and stacking bangles, both featuring textures of a wild rose, recently added to her Savage Beauty collection.
2. Jennifer Kinnear draws inspiration from a wide range of sources – and like many Irish designers, coastal treasures are a real influence. We love her sea urchin collection, in silver or gold – small but with lovely detail, the earrings in particular hug the ears and are ideal for everyday wear.
3. Scribble and Stone is the most fashion-forward of the bunch. Using unusual materials like leather, perspex and cotton, their collections are minimal but bold; we think their delicate stacking bracelets and bold tassle earrings are going to be a real winner at the fair.
4. Last but not least, Vivien Walsh is very well-established – but does such a wonderful job of changing her collections from year to year, we are always excited to see what she will produce next.
The National Crafts and Design Fair will take place from November 30-December 4 at the RDS Main Hall, Merrion Road, Dublin 4.
Image by Jason Lloyd Evans
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