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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Style is...finding art in junk and chopsticks

Published 23/01/2016 | 02:30

Hannah Lawlor and Shauna Foley at the launch of ‘The Gallery of Found Art’, a collaboration between Brown Thomas and second year NCAD students. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Hannah Lawlor and Shauna Foley at the launch of ‘The Gallery of Found Art’, a collaboration between Brown Thomas and second year NCAD students. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Ireland is famous for its crystal chandeliers, and the contemporary ones hanging in the window and in-store at Brown Thomas, Grafton Street, were created from a most unlikely material: old, discarded water bottles.

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Hannah Lawlor and Shauna Foley are just two of the second year students of textile, jewellery, glass and metalwork at NCAD who took everyday objects and turned them into beautiful works of art, unrecognisable from their original form and purpose.

"We made our chandeliers from 450 water bottles which we sandblasted, cut up with scissors, superglued them with a hot glue gun, and hung them with fishing tackle," explained Hannah.

John Redmond, creative director at Brown Thomas, said: "The old saying goes that one man's trash is another man's treasure and this is a very exciting project for the students who can boast their first exhibition was held on Grafton Street and was seen by thousands of people passing by."

Three students made a sculptural piece using chopsticks. Kirstin van der Flier made a chair from copper piping and its seat came from an old radiator in her dad's garage which originally came from her grandfather's radiator factory, Veha in Wicklow.

Irish Independent

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