I've always seen my work as an extension of an historical narrative that is about the material. It exists in relation to the long history of glass objects and embraces the techniques and traditions that enliven that history. The feeling of connection to past practice and to the heritage of glass motivates me as I seek to add to that ongoing conversation.
Get up, get things going in the studio, which means bringing the furnaces and kilns up to working temperature from their overnight idle settings. I set out the day’s work to be heated up. (Because everything is worked at temperatures exceeding 500C degrees, all of the preparatory work—colours, patterns, parts to be incorporated—have to be planned in advance and preheated before you can use them.)
JEWELLERY: Gayle Anderson; Appleby Jewellers
Appleby Jewellers, Dublin, have dedicated more then sixty years to creating a worldwide reputation for excellence and creative jewellery design, offering renowned diamond expertise and the very best in quality and value.
My average day varies depending on the requirements of the workshop at any given time. I usually spend the morning using a computer aided design (CAD) software (Matrix) to design models of rings, both remodelling old pieces and making bespoke new designs.
TISSUE is a womens ready-to-wear label based in Dublin. Our clothing is designed and made in Ireland using high quality natural fabrics. TISSUE clothes are 100% ethically and sustainably produced.
We work on very different schedules. Hannah is an early bird, in the studio by 8.30am and out the door at 4pm, Gráinne works better in the evening. We start each collection with a chat about what has been on our radars lately, in terms of cultural theory/design ideas etc. and then set out design and production deadlines and go from there.
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