Gillian Ryan -Dalnaskhl Design

Gillian Ryan
South Ayrshire
Gillian works mostly in precious metals and is fascinated by texture and shape, producing designs which are biomorphic in appearance and arise as three dimensional mini pieces of sculpture.
This results in her jewellery being of an organic shape and texture, with the majority of work being formed by hand and hammer which gives each piece individuality, originality and its own identity.
Craftex 2013 - Merit - Trades House, Glasgow
Craftex 2014 - Merit - Trades House, Glasgow
Craftex 2015 - Winner Fashion Advanced - Trades House, Glasgow
Handmade by Machines 2015 - The Lighthouse, Glasgow
Artist Showcase 2016 - Rozelle House Galleries, Ayr
"Art on the Wing" 2016 - Rozelle House Galleries, Ayr
Souter Johnnie's Cottage Gallery 2016 - Kirkoswald
OSA Annual Showcase 2017 - Rozelle House Galleries, Ayr
Open Studios Ayrshire 2017
Souter Johnnie's Cottage Gallery 2017 - Kirkoswald
Summer Exhibition 2017 - Electric Brae Gallery, Croy
Six Foot Gallery - Glasgow
Artist Showcase 2017 - Gaiety Theatre, Ayr
Scotland Inspired 2017 - The Barony Centre, West Kilbride
Winter Open 2017 - Northlands Creative, Caithness
Six Foot Gallery 2018 Showcase - Glasgow
Alternative Giving 2017 - The Barony Centre, West Kilbride
Souter Johnnie's Cottage Gallery 2018 - Kirkoswald
Summer Exhibition 2018 - Electric Brae Gallery, Croy
Winter Open 2018 - Northlands Creative, Caithness
Visual Arts Scotland Exhibition - Tatha Gallery, Fife
Rolling 2019 Exhibitions - Electric Brae Gallery, Croy
Souter Johnnie’s Gallery - National Trust for Scotland, Kirkoswald
Permanent presence of jewellery at The Barony Centre, Ayrshire
Return to Nature - Legacy Arts Gallery, Todmorden
Kunsthuis Gallery - Krayke
Although having studied and followed a different career path, Gillian's passion was always within the world of the Creative Industries.

From an early age she tinkered with art and craft, becoming adept at creating items with
her hands, using a myriad of materials and teaching herself design and technical skills
from books as well as from trial and error.

A family and a career break was followed by a move home to her roots in Ayr, and afterwards she returned to study again, this time as a mature student, finding herself able to follow a dream through acceptance to study Jewellery Design. She then spent three incredibly satisfying years learning the skills and necessities of the trade. This challenge led her to becoming the 2015 winner of the Craftex Awardfor Jewellery – Fashion Advanced, from Trades House in Glasgow.

She now works from a studio in Ayr and takes inspiration from what is around her, feeling privileged and humbled by the flora and fauna, as well as the history and heritage in which the area is steeped.
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"The Ayrshire Shoreline"
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"From the beach"
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