Design Stories launches Thursday 4th April 6 – 8pm @ the Culture Box, Templebar
The exhibition will be opened by Brian McGee of CCOI and showcases the work of 9 artists comprising of jewellery makers, sculptors, a glass artist, furniture, textile & fashion designers – all of whom are based in and around Dublin. Some of them sell internationally. This talented and creative group has just completed a business course with PLATO which is supported by the Dublin City Enterprise Board (DCEB).
Stories are as old as mankind. Through stories we convey our deepest emotions and passions. We all have a story to tell and we are all interested in hearing stories. Each of the artists exhibiting in “Design Stories” (www.designstories.net) has a powerful story to share.
Conleth Gent creates one off sculptures in wood, including a public sculpture which can be seen on Sandymount strand. His work has been presented to former President Mary Robinson and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.
Caroline Power was an Environmental Scientist but in 2006 started her own business as a jewellery maker and designer. More recently she creates sculptures in Carrera marble. Her jewellery designs take inspiration from nature, in particular from Acorns and berries.
Maggie Cashman a glassmaker, uses her experience of being partially sighted to draw attention in her work to the many alternate viewpoints available to us.
Claire O’Connor a fashion designer, has been awarded the young Irish Designer of the Year Award, not once but twice. Top fashion magazine, Elle Canada, named her along with established designers Philip Treacy and John Rocha as “Ireland’s Best”. Her work has also been praised by America’s first lady, Michelle Obama.
Sean Fogarty, Hugo Thompson and Hugh Cummins are all talented furniture designers displaying their work as part of ‘Design Stories’.
Niki Collier – a textile artist sells in Ireland and internationally
Aliquo is a talented Jewellery Designer showing in the exhibition.
Each one of the 9 Artists has a fascinating story to tell. Many have had to reinvent themselves over the years, whether through desire or economic necessity, and this ability has enabled them to be more in touch with their true creative passion and expression, making their work even more desirable and collectable.