Eily O' Connell

Eily O'Connell
LOFT 6D Studios,
Little Ann Street,
Eily O’Connell’s practice is concerned with processes of creation and mutation, with a particular interest in disruptions of nature’s order. Combining materials such as silver and gemstones, her jewellery objects often borrow the appearance of recognisable organic matter, illuminating absurd beauty in natural forms. On closer inspection, each piece reveals a more complex design and construction.

O’Connell gathers an assortment of natural forms and materials for her pieces, including wood fragments, claws, insects and a variety of hand cut precious gemstones. Through the process of casting, she amalgamates these into ever-evolving hybrids, playing with ideas of counterfeit, mistaken identity and sleight of hand. O’Connell explores the ability of man to alter the course of nature, and the consequences of exercising that power. In this way, she strives to create a sense of a lurking sinister presence whilst maintaining a carefully contained chaos.

O’Connell graduated from the National College of Art & Design, Dublin in 2008 with a BDes in Metals. She is currently based in Bristol, UK.
March The Bristol Artisan in Arnolfini Museum, 25-26th
April “Ringing the Changes” exhibition in Victoria Sewart Gallery, Plymouth
May Irish Craft Portfolio, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
July Gill Wing Gallery “Beyond the Blue” jewellery exhibition London
July “Narratives in Making” Ruthin Craft centre Wales
December “Made in Bristol” Colston Hall Fair

July Victoria Sewart Gallery, Plymouth UK 10 year anniversary exhibition
June Bircham Gallery, Holt UK Showcase jeweller
September Solo exhibition in “Designyard” Dublin for 2 weeks.
Oct Handmade in Kew, Botanic Gardens London 6-9 Oct

Nov Black Swan Arts Gallery Winter show, Frome UK. “Algae Bloom” ring was poster for exhibition.
September Solomon Fine Arts Gallery ‘Portfolio show’ of Irish Craft Makers
June Iki Gallery, gallery show Paris
2014 Nov Portfolio, RHA, Dublin
2014 Nov Sieraad Fair, Amsterdam
2014 Dec RDS Christmas Fair, Dublin
2014 April Solo show, “NDSM Treehouse” Gallery Amsterdam.
2014 April Jewellery show in Kuskovu Gallery, Prague. (organised by Eily &Filip Vanas)
2014 Feb ‘Rian’ Barbara Stanley Gallery, London run by British Fashion Council for International Fashion Showcase during LFW.
2014 Feb ‘Inhorgenta’ Forum Konsept, Munich Germany
(Ongoing) ‘Place’ gallery, Dresden, Germany
Oct-march 2014 Gill Wing gallery, London. Unique wedding ring show
March Tomfoolery Gallery, London
Jan-Oct Gill Wing gallery, London. Jewellery show
Sep tember ‘Flora and Fauna’ as part of London Design Festival, Columbia Road, London.
(Ongoing) ‘Design Collection’ Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
(February) ‘Adorn’ at Inhorgenta, Munich Germany
(May) ‘Fashion as Art’ Cill Rillaig Arts centre, Ballinskelligs, Kerry
(January) ’21st Century Icons’, Dublin Castle, Dublin.
(November) ‘Sieraad’ Jewellery Fair, Amsterdam
(December) ‘Ballymaloe’ Christmas Fair, Cork.
(October) ‘Trunk show’ Wolf and Badger, London.
(September) Paris Fashion Week, Paris, France.
(june) ‘Treasure’ flagship event of London Jewellery week, Somerset House,London
(july) ‘21st Century Icons”Galway Museum, Ireland.
(October – March 2012) ‘Dubh – Dialogogues in Black’, Fifth avenue, New York then Oliver Sears gallery, Dublin.
(Feb 2012) ‘Inhorgenta’ jewellery trade fair Munich, Germany.
(November – Feb 2012) Berlin exhibition of contemporary jewellery in ‘New Values’ gallery.
(Nov – Jan 2012) ‘Get Your Rocks On’ Lakesidearts gallery, Nottingham, England.
(November) Basilica Galeria, Barcelona.
(November) ‘Irelands Hidden wardrobe’ Powerscourt centre 30th anniversary, Dublin.
(November) T2 at Dublin airport with House of Ireland and CCOI.
(November) Design Week Dublin. Collaboration with Martha Lynn milliner.
(November) ‘Sieraad’ Jewellery Fair, Amsterdam
(Nov) Royal Hibernian academy with ‘Portfolio’ in the gallery and also in a pop up shop at the front with ‘Reconnect’.
(July-Dec) RDS National Crafts competition, Dublin first then travelling around Ireland.
(September) ‘Irish Designers Create’ Brown Thomas , pop up shop, Dublin.
(Jun - September) ‘Seoid’ travelling Irish jewellery exhibition of Australia; ’Pieces of Eight’ gallery Melbourne and Studio 20/17 .
(Oct 2010– July 2011) ‘MATERIAL poetry’ American Historical Society, fifth avenue, New York, then Galway Arts Festival, Ireland.
(June) ‘21st Century Icons” National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny,Ireland
(March 11 and November 2011) ‘Portfolio 2011’ Selection of top irish makers, Kilkenny,Ireland and then travelling to Farmleigh house, Dublin.
(March 4 - July) ‘New Arrivals” Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland.
(July 2011) Pop up shop at the Royal Hibernian academy, Dublin.
(Oct 2010 – June 2011) ‘Victoria Sewart Gallery’, Plymouth, England.
(Sep 10 – July 2011) ‘Altered Space’ gallery, Venice, CA
(May14 – 18 June) ‘Ornament’ Rua Red, Dublin, Ireland.
(March 1- May 10) ‘Possibilities’ Garter Lane Galleries, Waterford, Ireland.
Jan ‘Starting up’ Goldsmiths Hall, London
December ‘Ballymaloe Christmas fair’ Ballymaloe House, Co. Cork.
Nov 4-7 ‘Sieraad’ art jewellery fair,Amsterdam.
Oct 1-24 ‘Design Nature’International design biennial, Liege, Belgium
(Aug) ‘Custom House studios’, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland.
June 10-sep 12 Barbican art shop in conjunction with ‘Surreal House’ exhibition. London.
(4 May-7Aug) ‘Summer collection’SDC gallery, London
June 11-13 ‘Eunique’ craft fair, Karlsruhe, Germany
May-June Exhibition with Workhouse Studios, Wicklow Courthouse, Ireland
(Feb-Apr) ‘Reap and Sew’ Oriel Myrddin Gallery, London

(Dec) ‘Pierre Berge Christmas auction’ Brussles Belgium.
.(Nov) ‘European prize for applied Arts’ shortlisted, Mons, Belgium.
(Nov) ‘Dazzle’ Craft fair, Royal theatre, London., invited as special exhibitor.
(Nov) ‘Hothouse’Bluecoat Display centre, Liverpool. Chosen as guest exhibitor by Kevin O Dwyer.
(Oct) ‘Origin’ London craft fair, Somerset house, London.
(Sep) ‘Sculpture in Context’ Glasnevin, Co. Dublin, Ireland.
(Aug) ‘Red Aesthetic’ Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland.
(July) Leitrim Design House, Co. Leitrim, Ireland.
(April) ‘Showroom’ Tokyo, Japan.
(Jan) ‘Showcase’ RDS, Dublin

(Nov) ‘Designer jewellers group-Christmas exhibition’ Chosen a guest exhibitor The Barbican centre, London.
(Nov) ‘Breaking Out’ Run by the Crafts Council of Ireland, Kilkenny
(Nov) ‘Genesis’ SDC gallery, London.
(Oct) ‘TALENT’ Designhuis, Eindhoven.
(August) ‘National crafts exhibition 2008’. RDS, Dublin.
(July) ‘New Designers ‘Graduate exhibition, Business Design Centre, London
(June) ‘Degree show 2008’ The National College of Art and Design, Dublin
June 2008- present Self employed studio jeweller.
Aug 2012 Stone setting short course in Kegworth, England.
January – July 2012 ‘Coloured Stone Essentials’ Distance learning course from the Gemmological Institute of America.
May 2011 One week Lapidary Course with top French Faceter Pierre Marie Lamouret.
Sep 2008-June 2011 Part time business Course/ set up a studio with 6 others
‘Workhouse studios’ collective, Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford.
2004 – 2008 Bachelor of Design in metals 1st class honours
National College of Art and Design, Dublin.
2003 – 2004 NCVA cert in Art/Craft/Design Distinction
Carrowbeg college, Westport, Co.Mayo.
Image 1
9 carat gold ring cast from bee heads, yellow sapphire set
Image 2
Thero Livere, large neckpiece with ametrine, oxidized
Image 3
Sunbark ring in 9 carat gold with green tourmaline stone