Ailbhe Ní Bhriain
Ailbhe Ní Bhriain uses film, photography and installation to picture an uncertain, destabilised future.
Genevieve Howard graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin with a BA in Metals + Jewellery in 2015, studied Jewellery Design, Gold and Silversmithing at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, and completed an MA in Fashion + Technology at the University of Art and Industrial Design, Linz in 2021. She is a designer and maker of contemporary art jewellery and sculptural objects.
The possibilities of making the intangible tangible and visualising the unseen has always been the conceptual driving force within her practice, which is rooted in her background as a musician and singer. Music and sound exist as waves and vibrations through air, and in recent work she has explored how the human voice can be used as a tool to render visible the individuality of a person within a material and to further generate bespoke design. Using an augmented anodizing process – an electrochemical process whereby certain reactive metals, such as titanium and niobium, change colour when charged with electricity – she has developed a new technology that enables her to reveal certain colours on the metal’s surface based on the unique frequency of an individual human voice. Combining technologies such as water-jet and laser cutting with handcrafted techniques, the voice colours and shapes are synthesised and transcribed into final wearable form.
Genevieve Howard applied for a Golden Fleece Award to fund the research and development of new work through travel to Austria. There she plans to work with a dedicated production facility where she would have access to specialist equipment, such as water-jet cutting and 3D printing machines