We first met Eoin in 2009, when he was preparing for his final year in the Metals department in the National College of Art and Design here in Dublin. At the time he was working on a collection of men’s jewellery, and came to use our studio over the Easter holidays while the college was closed.
He liked it so much that he, and fellow class mate Cianán Doyle, decided to come back after graduating and rent a space with us, setting up their own workshop. Since then he has been working on developing a couple of ranges of jewellery. His work comes in several shapes and sizes and he doesn’t like to suggest that it follows any consistent theme or common idea, simply because, they may change. However it is generally born from things that really fascinate and intrigue him, to this end most of his work to date is inspired by masculine forms and aesthetics. Mechanical objects, technology, man made forms and denim and zippers, covers the majority of his source material thus far.
His High-Voltage collection aims to explore fascination with mechanical objects and technology. The basis for his work comes both from these forms and the graphic qualities inherent within them. He creates linear structures from iron, steel, silver and gold wire. Sometimes embossed into fine silver, rendering them essentially 2 dimensional, and sometimes remaining as 3 dimensional linear constructions; the presentation of both increases the visual dialogue in the work.
The masculine aesthetics within the resulting objects inspire Eoin to draw from the restrained aesthetics synonymous with men’s clothes and accessories. An understated exterior complimented by a concealed or subtle embellishment.
With regard to this the choice of material and colour palette are intentionally restrained. A bright suit lining or pinstripes translates into sections of iron wire replaced with gold, or a flash of blue from the underside of a brooch.
You can see more of his work on his website here.
Manuel Gutiérrez Mariscal, a photography and graphic design graduate from Paterna de Rivera, Cádiz in Spain, came to work with us for three weeks in June. Manuel was very eager to make a film with one of the makers in the studios. So, he spent a day following Eoin as he made a pendant from start to finish, and this is what he came up with.
You can see some more of Manuel's work on his website here and here.