Ursula Burke's work explores the psycho-social landscape of Northern Ireland and the region's competing identities.
Natasha Rollinson lives and works in Belfast. She received a BA in Fine & Applied Art from the University of Ulster in 2008 and, in addition to other specialist training, completed the DCCOI’s Jewellery & Goldsmithing Skills and Design Course in 2011. Her work focuses on the creation of collectable pieces of jewellery that can be worn every day and treasured as heirlooms for generations.
Using a combination of traditional and modern techniques she creates long-lasting design-led contemporary jewellery. Borne of a fascination with objects that transform, her debut fine jewellery collection featured a series of interlocking pieces with interchangeable elements that can be worn in a number of ways. As a traditionally trained goldsmith she enjoys the challenge that these geometric puzzles present, both in their design and fabrication. Handmade with precision in gold, silver, diamonds and pearls, each one fits together in a number of ways, providing its wearer with a range of options to explore and personalise. The customisation of bespoke pieces also feeds requests for commissioned work.
Natasha Rollinson applied for a Golden Fleece Award to invest in the equipment required to fit-out her own studio following an extended period of time employed as a goldsmith working for leading Irish jewellers in London. Equipping herself with the correct tools and machinery would allow her to hone her skills and technical abilities, while affording her the time to develop and promote her work in Ireland and abroad.