Monday 19 February 2018

The loves of my life: Blaithin Ennis, jewellery designer

Jewellery designer Blaithin Ennis.
Jewellery designer Blaithin Ennis.

Nelson Mandela, her dad and gifts from her boyfriend feature high on the jewellery designer's list of loves.

The person

Nelson Mandela

The memory

Sitting at our round oak table - I'm about two years old, with my wonderfully patient mum teaching me to make tiny butterflies, flowers and bumblebees with my Play-Doh, by far my favourite toy

The moment of the day

When the admin is done and I go to my making area . . . bliss!

The song

Riverside by Agnes Obel

The movie

Walt Disney's Fantasia.Incidentally, the Pastoral Symphony Centaurettes scene is the inspiration for my current 'Blush' collection

The hero

My dad. He is generous, kind, full of integrity and the hardest-working man I know

The book

Ways of Seeing by John Berger

The gadget

My iPad mini, bought for me by my boyfriend, Derek

The outfit

My Art on Fashion pencil skirt by Celine Magill, teamed with my cool, burgundy Honor Fitzsimons knit. Two super-talented Irish designers.

The accessory

My Italian-wool hat bought at Place in Gorey. Juliana Walters, its owner, has the most exquisite eye

The pet hate

Reckless comments. It takes years to build a good reputation, and just seconds to destroy one

The friend

My amazing sisters, Tara and Niamh, and my two gorgeous cousins, Emily and Catherine; my four Best Friends Forever

The beauty product

Clinique Kohl Shaper For Eyes in black; an eye pencil with sharpener attached - so handy!

The holiday

Christmas in New York

The piece of advice

Less talk, more action

The drink

Barry's Tea, served hot, in a china cup

The hotel

The Icehotel - Sweden

The bar

Havana Tapas Bar on George's Street. There's always a brilliant atmosphere there, along with always delicious tapas and sangria.

The hobby

Ballet - I got to grade five. I also love gardening

The part of my body

My hands - they make all of my pieces

The celebrity

The late Gerry Ryan - broadcaster extraordinaire

The virtue


The vice

Green & Black's organic dark chocolate - mouth-meltingly divine

The smell

My Chanel No5 - also bought by my great boyfriend Derek

The taste

My godmother Avy and uncle Paul's curry, garnished with natural yogurt, coriander and almonds - to die for

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