Kilkenny jeweller awarded at top RDS craft exhibition

A CLARE-born jeweller who has made Kilkenny her new home has been honoured with one of the top awards at the Showcase 2012 creative expo at Dublin’s RDS.

A CLARE-born jeweller who has made Kilkenny her new home has been honoured with one of the top awards at the Showcase 2012 creative expo at Dublin’s RDS.

The Creative Island overall award was presented to Christina Brosnan by Crafts Council of Ireland chairwoman Laura Magahy at a reception in Dublin on Saturday evening in advance of the official opening of Showcase at the RDS on Sunday.

Christina was born in Ennistymon in Clare and now lives near Goresbridge. She introduced her new collections, Contour and Osseous, to buyers at Showcase and her work was of such a high quality that she was selected to showcase it in the exclusive Creative Island arena. Both of her new collections use sterling silver or 14-carat rolled gold with semi-precious gemstone and bone.

“I started out life in theatre and film and worked in the industry for over 10 years, going on to set up m own creative agency. I had an amazing time and got a unique opportunity to work on the design and interiors of the private members’ club at the 02,” she said. “Craft has always been a huge part of my life. My mother, Mary Brosnan, is a master craftsperson, working with lace, crochet, spinning and yarn work.”

The mother of two only started as a full-time jewellery maker over a year ago. She’s always been a bright spark and a quick learner. While working in the film business she became Ireland’s youngest ever Prop Master. She then co-founded the creative agency One Productions, broadening her interests into the world of graphic design, digital media and marketing.

The winding path took her into the world of fashion design, which she studied at the Grafton Academy prior to working with John Rocha and Cuan Hanly. Her work also appeared on Off The Rails and in Social and Personal magazine.

Creative Island is a space dedicated to crafted products exclusively “imagined, designed and made in Ireland.” First launched at Showcase in 2010, Creative Island has been expanded from 55 to 85 designers, all chosen by an independent jury for their creativity, innovation and craftsmanship. An estimated €20 million in sales orders were placed at the event.