Brooch 2

Handmade paper, seeds, silver and steel, 100x50x30mm,
Photographer, Sylvain Deleu


Brooch Trio

Handmade paper, seeds, silver and steel, 80x80x30mm each,
Photographer, Sylvain Deleu


Brooch Collection

Handmade paper, seeds, 18kt gold, silver and steel, various dimensions,
Photographer, Sylvain Deleu



Handmade paper, seeds, oxidized silver and steel, 110x40x40mm,
Photographer, Sylvain Deleu



Handmade paper, seeds and silver, 220x80x20mm,
Photographer, Sylvain Deleu


Sabrina Meyns

Sabrina Meyns creates delicate and intricate jewellery and sculptural objects using handmade paper and precious metals. Her designs are based on innovative combinations of these two very different materials, aiming to dissolve the boundaries between them.

Meyns draws her inspiration from the garden. She is fascinated by the delicate structural engineering of plants, and makes close studies of their component parts: seeds, stamen, petals, leaves and stems. She responds particularly to late summer and autumn, especially struck by plants and flowers approaching the end of their life cycle – becoming fragile and translucent, and evolving into ghostly shadows of their former selves. Meyns carefully chooses her materials to reflect this tension between beauty and ephemerality in nature. Her aim is to create tangible expressions of intangible beauty for the wearer and viewer.

Meyns studied Craft Design (Metals) and History of Art and Design, at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin. She graduated with a BA in 2008, and co-founded the Workhouse Studios at Kilmacthomas in Waterford shortly afterwards.

Selected Awards

2010 Future Maker Grant by the Crafts Council of Ireland
2009 Short listed for the Practitioners Award by the Crafts Council of Ireland
2009 Future Maker Grant by the Crafts Council of Ireland
2009 Distinction Licentiateship, Society of Designer Craftsmen
2008 IDI Graduate Award for Jewellery Design
2008 Short listed for the Irish Arts Review and CCoI Emerging Maker Award




Selected Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions and Fairs

2012 SOFA Chicago, USA, Turning Leaves, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, UK, Ansteckend, Phorzheim, Germany, Tendence, Frankfurt, Germany, The Ireland Newfoundland Trail- A Journey of Plants, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, Rings just Rings, Gallery Violaine Ulmer, Toulouse, France, Faszination Papier, Biennale de Papier en Cevennes, le Vigan Gard, France, 21st Century Icons, Galway City Museum, Galway, Paper Jewels, Paper Hammer Gallery, Seattle, USA
2011 SIERAAD Art Fair, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, RE-CONNECT, RHA, Dublin, LOOT 2011- MAD about Jewels, Museum of Art & Design, New York, USA, Among Giants, Culture Night, Dublin, Seoid 11, Pieces of Eight Gallery, Melbourne; Studio 20/17, Sydney, Australia, Thirty, Flowerfields Arts Centre, Co. Derry, Faszination Papier, Paper Museum, Duszinki Zdroy, Poland; Lieberwein Turm, Burghausen, Germany, 21st Century Icons, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ornament, Rua Red Arts Centre, Dublin, Irish Craft Portfolio, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin, Possibilities, Garter Lane Gallery, Waterford
2010 Future Makers Showcase, Hunt Museum, Limerick, Irish Craft Portfolio, Farmleigh House Gallery, Dublin; National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Kenny Gallery, Galway, SIERAAD Art Fair, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Design Nature, International Design Biennale, Liege, Belgium, Workhouse Studios, Custom House Gallery, Westport, RDS National Crafts Competition, Dublin, From Pulp…, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff, Wales, Diverse Talent, Courthouse Arts Centre, Wicklow
2009 Cut and Fold, New Brewery Arts, Gloucestershire, UK, Generation, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Origin, London, UK, Sculpture in Context, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, RDS National Crafts Competition, Dublin, Summer Collection, SDC Gallery, London, UK, Paper & Text, Studio 20/17, Sydney, Australia, DesignerCrafts 09, Mall Galleries, London, UK
2008 Brooch the Subject, Studio Fusion, London, UK, Breaking Out, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, New Designers Graduate Show, London, UK


Contact Details:

Sabrina Meyns
Workhouse Studios
Union Road
Co. Waterford

T. +353 87 6409247