The primary focus of my final year degree show is a series of vessels for collecting berries and flowers with significant cultural ties from wild hedgerows.
I use a variety of materials in my work to explore the value we place on ideas and traditions. At the head of my collection are silver cups, which when used in context are juxtaposed with natural objects to exemplify their worth.
A tradition I find interesting is passing knowledge and heirlooms through generations, something that was integral to rural life. My silver cups are stamped with a traditional hallmark, encouraging the idea of family silver both by having my cups be of significant material and personal value.
Cups: fine silver; Base: sterling silver w/ 23.5ct gold leaf;
Dimensions: 24cm x 12cm x 12cm
The vessels in my graduate collection are a reflection on childhood traditions that have been passed down through generations.
A specific focus is on bramble and gorse picking, two activities which I have fond memories of doing with my family. Sadly though interest is fading in these traditions as society moves closer and closer to urban and technological development and the natural world is given less significance.
Cups: Guilding Metal;
Dimensions: 8cm x 8cm x 8cm - each cup
Derelict properties across the country are a reminder of rural Ireland’s modernisation. These now forgotten and overgrown homes take on a life of their own and become consumed by nature, while only remnants of the previous occupants remain.
Cup & Base: copper - painted;
Dimensions: 12cm x 12cm x 16cm
Shadows of the Past
Along with cups, I have looked at candlelight and shadows to signify the fading and flickering shadow of old Ireland. Inspired by a now vacant family members’ home, where I was introduced to certain traditions; these pieces aim to capture the essence of forgotten ways of life.
Candleholder: copper - painted;
Dimensions: 20cm x 20cm x 12cm