UnaBurke Military Medal Barrel Bag

Military Medal Barrel Bag

Vegetable tanned cow hide, solid brass fittings, screws 30 × 12 × 8cm
Photographer, Peter Rowen

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Military Medal Barrel Bag

Vegetable tanned cow hide, solid brass fittings, screws 30 × 12 × 8cm
Photographer, Peter Rowen

UnaBurke Navy Shell Bag

Navy Shell Bag

(Outer) Vegetable Tanned Cow Hide, (Inner) Lambskin Lining, Solid Brass Fittings and screws 30 × 17 × 14cm
Photographer, Peter Rowen

5R9A6437

Heart Bag

Italian vegtable tanned leather, solid brass, screws and fittings, 20x19x9cm
Photographer, Peter Rowen

5R9A6466

Overlap Lady-Hips Cinch

Italian vegtable tanned leather, solid brass screws and fittings (coated with nickel and then gold), 38x18x15cm
Photographer, Peter Rowen

5R9A6529

Overlap Lady-Hips Cinch

Italian vegtable tanned leather, solid brass screws and fittings (coated with nickel and then gold), 38x18x15cm
Photographer, Peter Rowen

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Úna Burke

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Úna Burke

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Úna Burke

Selected for PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2017-2018

Úna Burke creates wearable leather objects that are visually captivating and technically challenging. Her pieces resist categorisation by conventional standards, not defined as specific garments but as body accessories to be interpreted freely by the individual wearer. Her work includes sculptural belts, corsets, jewellery, handbags and abstract body pieces.

Some of Burke’s key inspirations include psychological theory and military sources. She uses vegetable-tanned bovine leather and brass fittings, bringing together traditional leatherworking techniques and contemporary aesthetics. Through the production of evocative and conceptual pieces, Burke aims to promote an appreciation for the cross-disciplinary possibilities of leather craftsmanship.

 

  • I use almost all of my senses in the making of each piece, ensuring the highest quality of the final product. I can hear when my knives are not sharp enough because they make a dull, chalky noise, I can feel if a strap is well cut by the smoothness of the edge, I can smell the tanning quality of the leather and I can see any scarring or damage on its surface.

 

Burke is originally from Co. Roscommon and is now based in London. She completed a BA in Fashion Design at Limerick School of Art and Design in 2003 and went on to achieve an MA in Fashion Artefact from Cordwainers College at the London College of Fashion in 2007.

Collections

Commission for Simone Handbag Museum, Seoul, South Korea
Commission for private art collection of Phillip Lim, New York, USA
Commission for Daphne Guinness, London, UK
Commission for Lady Gaga, Los Angeles, USA
Commission for Madonna’s dancers, USA

Selected Awards

2014 
Recipient, Leathersellers’ Exhibition Grant
Recipient, Centre for Fashion Enterprise Pioneer Program Mentoring Award
2013 
1st Prize, Leatherworking, RDS National Crafts Competition
Shortlisted, Jerwood Makers Open
Finalist, Cockpit Arts / Leathersellers’ Award
2012  
Finalist, Leatherworking, RDS National Crafts Competition
Finalist, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland Future Makers Awards
Finalist, Golden Fleece Award
2011  
Winner, Designer of the Year, Irish Fashion Innovation Awards
1st Prize, Leatherworking, RDS National Crafts Competition
Purchase Award Winner, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, RDS National Crafts Competition
Design & Crafts Council of Ireland International Fair Fund
Breakthrough Designer Finalist, WGSN Global Fashion Awards
Designer of the Year Finalist, Ireland’s Most Influential in Fashion Awards
2010
1st Prize, Leatherworking, RDS National Crafts Competition
Winner, National Crafts and Design Fair of Ireland Award, RDS National Crafts Competition
Winner, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland Future Makers Awards, Emerging Maker Award
Winner, Fashion Designer of the Year, Institute of Designers in Ireland
Finalist, Golden Fleece Award

 

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2015
Artisan Leather, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
2011    
Úna Burke, The Hospital Club, London, UK

 

Group Exhibitions, Fairs and Catwalk Shows

2017  
Narratives in Making, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
2016
Fashion: A Second Skin, Dubai Art Week, The cARTel, Dubai, UAE
A Second Skin, Sorbonne University, Abu Dhabi, UAE
2015 
Side by Side, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, France
Playing with Tradition, Dublin Castle, Dublin
Fetishism, TRAPHOLT, Kolding, Denmark
Vous avez dit bizarre?, Biennale International Design Saint-Etienne, France
Fashion & Morality – Fashion, Beauty, and the Traces of Time, Lentos Art Museum, Austria
The Irish Connection, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
2014 
Weathering, TENT London, London Design Festival, UK
KFW2014, Kerry Fashion Week Catwalk Show, Killarney
ARC Fashion Event, Catwalk Show, RDS, Dublin
Virgin Atlantic 19th International Fashion Lunch 2014, Catwalk show, Dublin
2013 
Prosthetics, SHOWcabinet Exhibition, SHOWstudio Gallery, London, UK
MoBA 13 – Fetishism in Fashion, International Fashion Festival, Arnhem, The Netherlands
RIAN, Contemporary Irish Fashion, Embassy of Ireland & Canary Wharf, London, UK
Collaborative Art and Performance Installation, The Hospital Club, London, UK
Costume: Future Fashion, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Kilkenny
Locked In/Locked Out, New Living Art Exhibition, Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, Dublin
RIAN, Contemporary Irish Jewellery, Barbara Stanley Gallery, London, UK
IDEATE, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
The Look of Style Awards 2013, Manila, Philippines
2012
New Fashion Interventions in Material and Technique, LCF Fashion Space Gallery, London, UK
Simone Handbag Museum, Seoul, South Korea
Working.Drawing, The Dock, Carrick on Shannon, Leitrim
Selling Sex, SHOWstudio, London, UK
PomPom Parlour, Stockholm, Sweden
L’Oreal Colour Trophy Awards, collaboration with Peter Gray & Katie Shillingford, London, UK
Glamour at the G, catwalk show, Galway
2011 
Common Ground Photography Exhibition, Darc Space, Dublin
Couleur Local, Budapest Design week, Hungary
Irish Fashion Innovation Awards, Catwalk Show, Galway
Crafts of Europe, Frankfurt, Germany
21 Century Icons, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Galway City Museum and Dublin Castle
4 Fashion / Shake, Fashion Film Festival Screening, Athens, Greece
Future Makers, Crafts Council of Ireland touring exhibition
2010      
Installation for Aware, Art, Fashion Identity, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Sand People, Exhibition of Film, Fashion and Photography, Vienna, Austria
Victoria’s Secret, catwalk show, New York, USA
L’Oreal Colour Trophy Awards, catwalk show, Dublin

Contact Details:

Úna Burke
London

T. +44 (0)78 30 65 0382
E. info@unaburke.com
www.unaburke.com