JULIE CONNELLAN clipped wings 2

Clipped Wings 2

Silver, feathers, horse hair, 20 x 20 x 1cm
Photographer, Peter Rowen

JULIE CONNELLAN Clipped Wings 1

Clipped Wings 1

Silver, feathers, horse hair, 8 x 5 x 1cm
Photographer, Peter Rowen

JULIE CONNELLAN I75B2574

Pens_Wild Bird Quills

Silver, horse hair, stainless steel, 8.5 × 6 × 1cm
Photographer, Peter Rowen

JULIE CONNELLAN I75B2581

Pens_Wild Bird Quills

Silver, horse hair, stainless steel, 8.5 × 6 × 1cm
Photographer, Peter Rowen

jewellery/seodra

Julie Connellan

Selected for PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2017-2018

Julie Connellan creates contemporary handcrafted jewellery in a wide range of materials. Her practice draws inspiration from numerous sources. A story about the fisherman of the Aran Islands inspired the development of her current work:

 

  • They, when unable to go to sea due to rough seas, would hand knit garments using wool and goose quills. It is a story that subverts common assumptions about gender roles and domestic activities. It removes the activity from any notions of romantic, sentimental associations with female domesticity and shows us instead an activity firmly rooted in a specific design need, the need for warm, water resistant clothing while fishing from exposed boats in Atlantic waters. I gathered wild bird feathers and horsehair found among grass and rocks and caught on barbed wire fences. These fragile and transient objects have been carefully combined and attached to the very thin but strong silver plates to form these brooches. The plates themselves have been perforated based on hand knitting patterns associated with coastal regions where communities fish. The materials combined in these brooches raise issues when carefully considered. They contrast strength and vulnerability, permanence and transience. They are ultimately a kind of memento mori that point towards our fragility and humanity.

 

Connellan received an MA in Design (Metals) from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2011. In 2009 she graduated from the Berufskolleg für Design, Schmuck und Gerät, Pforzheim, where she studied under Winfried Krüger. She holds a BA (Hons) in European Studies from Trinity College, Dublin, 2004. She lives and works in Dublin and Galway.

Collections

Numerous private collections nationally and internationally

Selected Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions

2017
Narratives in Making, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
2016
KORU5, Imatra Art Museum; Vaasa Art Hall; Kuopio Art Museum, Finland
2015 
PORTFOLIO @ Solomon: Jewellery, Solomon Fine Art, Dublin
Fresh Talent, The Coach House, Dublin
2014     
Éagsúil, Galerie KusKovu, Prague,
Czech Republic
2013
ADORN Inhorgenta, Messe Munich, Germany
2012
Jewellery as Art, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Kerry
COLLECT, Saatchi Gallery London, UK
21st Century Icons, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin
Thread Fashion Magazine Issue 3, Gallery of Photography, Dublin
Object Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2011  
Ornament, Rua Red, Dublin
Marzee Graduate Exhibition, Gallery Marzee, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
2010
Sieraad Art Fair, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Inter-changes: craft and context, Mason Hayes & Curran, Dublin
2009 
Diverse Exhibitions, Schmückbar Gallery, Pforzheim, Germany
2006   
Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, Pforzheim, Germany

 

Contact Details:

Julie Connellan
Renville East
Oranmore
Galway

T. +353 (0)87 9732 875
E. info@julieconnellan.com
www.julieconnellan.com