Two years in Northern Ireland...

We're about to have our last 'making it' session. It has been a real joy to work with six inspired makers, their host organisations and Craft Northern Ireland funded by Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Invest NI. 

I've uploaded a gallery showing what we've been up to and will add our October session in due course.

Thanks Alison, Eamonn, Catherine, Katie, Michelle and Diane for working so hard, driving me around and introducing me to the sights of Northern Ireland.

Thanks to Craft NI for giving me the opportunity to run the programme for two years and exceptional coordination.

And thanks to contributing guest speakers Matthew Maran, Holly Berry, Beatrice Mayfield and Charlene Mullen.

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New Yen Jewellery webshop

Yen Jewellery has launched a gorgeous new shop.

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Yen Jewellery: preview work on facebook

Yen Jewellery are previewing new designs on Yen Jewellery facebook page. A great way to see work in progress and hear about places to buy work. A new website is coming soon.

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Tina Lilienthal at Marcell von Berlin

Marcell von Berlin celebrates the launch of Tina Lilienthal jewellery in his Berlin concept store.

Marcel and Tina have also collaborated on a new line of patterened t-shirts, more on these soon!



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Zoe and Morgan Primrose Hill boutique

Text from Professional Jeweller article April 9th 2013:

London-based jewellery brand Zoe & Morgan is set to open its first UK jewellery boutique next month, located in Primrose Hill.

The brand will open the store on Chalcot Road in London on May 1. Primrose Hill is an area of London known for its boutique stores and celebrity residents, and has been home to the brand's founders for several years.

Zoe & Morgan launched in 2006, founded by New Zealander siblings Ruth, Zoe and Morgan Sibbald. It has since won stockists including Matches, Silverado, HP France, Bon Marche and ASOS. 

Ruth Sibbald, co-founder of Zoe & Morgan, said: "[My sister] Zoe was living in Primrose Hill before moving back to New Zealand and I've lived there for six years. When we started she used to make all the jewellery on her kitchen table and then invite friends around for viewing and sales, so when a shop became available if felt like the natural place to be."

Sibbald said the shop is likely to have an ever-changing theme, but will launch with a design based on mixing old with new, with cloud-patterned wallpaper inspired by Fornasetti's art and Art Deco glass display cabinets.

She added: "The shop will be a reflection of our style which is inspired by the old and brought forward to the now. We have lots of hand carved snake and skull which will sit amongst the crystals and antiques."


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One month to go...

... until the launch of the Craft Northern Ireland exhibition at Craft Central sponsored by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Creative Industries Innovation Fund.

More information of the show and the 13 makers here.

And a video of them at work by Adam Frew.

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