Niamh Barry

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I first came into contact with Niamh Barry many years ago when we both had jobs in the Crafts Council of Ireland. Working part-time in the shop was my job right the way through school and college (and the longest position I ever held, totalling twelve years!), and Niamh also worked there part-time while simultaneously making her art.

Last year I saw an incredibly beautiful lighting piece on Instagram and when I clicked on the picture, I found out that the artist responsible was Niamh. Niamh now creates custom light sculptures, both for private clients and for businesses (you can see one of her pieces in Optica, on Dawson Street). In addition she has exhibited extensively internationally.

I have a very very high ceiling in my kitchen which I had thought I would fill with an interesting chandelier, but no more! Now I dream of a piece by Niamh and when my budget allows I’ll be contacting her to commission something unique, timeless and beautiful.

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Atelier Randall

I’m always a fan of any girl called Alex and Alex Randall recently joins the list! Alex is an award winning British designer who creates lighting so unlike anything else I have seen that I think it’s more like art. Randall’s works range from large bespoke chandeliers for commercial and residential projects to smaller collectable items which can be bought on her site Atelier Randall.

The site features Bakelite phones seemingly suspended in mid-air and illuminated, a light installation featuring 23 taxdermied pigeons which appear to lift a spiny steel orb into the air, a chandelier made from antlers (a chandelantler?), and a rawhide replica of Winged Victory of Samothrace, a celebrated sculpture in the Louvre. A lot of the pieces require that one live in a castle or massive New York loft, or a similarly enormous and imposing space, so a girl in a cottage in Stoneybatter can only admire them from afar!

Loudhailer Chandelier
Loudhailer Chandelier
Bakelite Pyramid Phone Lamp
Bakelite Pyramid Phone Lamp
The Carriers
The Carriers

Brian Dettmer

I saw a link to this post on my friend’s Facebook page and was intrigued. Brian Dettmer creates art using books, knives, surgical implements and tweezers! He removes pages and carves out sections of encyclopedias, medical and illustration books, and dictionaries to create sculptural works. Dettmer’s work has been exhibited and collected throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe, including in the Museum of Art and Design (NY), Museum Rijswijh (Netherlands), Wellcome Collection (England) and The Bellevue Arts Museum (WA).

Needless to say, I want one.