Sinéad O'Dwyer is a designer whose work explores female-identifying/femme bodies and operates at the intersection of fashion and art.
Born in Germany, Annemarie Reinhold now lives and works in Cork. She initially studied Art, Craft & Design at Grennan Mill Craft School, Kilkenny and received a BA in Metal & Jewellery Design from the National College of Art & Design, Dublin in 2016. She recently completed a postgraduate course at Bishopsland Educational Trust (Silversmithing/Jewellery) in Reading and a DCCOI Jewellery Skills Course. Her sculptural and wearable works are inspired by the natural world.
Using traditional metalsmithing techniques, she makes work that captures the movement and beauty of trees, plants, and the constant flux of nature in metal. Taking a playful approach, her recent work includes fruit and vegetable inspired pieces, as well as a range of jewellery and multi-leaf constructions. She aspires to preserve special moments in time, transforming them into something that will last through the durability of metal. This aspect of slowing down is echoed in her process of making, which is measured and labour-intensive. Through her process of raising and forming sheet metal into flowing, organic forms in silver, copper and gold she attempts to hold on to her subjects. Presently, she is making a range of pear bowls and vegetable spoons, and plans to revisit and develop her work using leaf forms.
Annemarie Reinhold applied for a Golden Fleece Award to assist her in purchasing the specialist tools and equipment she needs to establish her own studio. To date, her work has been structured by courses, and the well-equipped workshops available through various educational institutes have allowed her to develop her practice. She now has her own space in a shared workshop, and needs to invest her own tools to make her practice sustainable.