Tuesday 26 March 2019

Gorey's Aine Breen to showcase her work at Gifted craft fair

Sara Gahan

A Gorey based jeweller will be showcasing her work at Dublin's Gifted, a contemporary craft and design fair that attracts more than 45,000 people to the RDS over five days.

Former accountant Aine Breen, founder and designer of Liwu Jewellery, will set up her stall along with 500 other designers on Wednesday, December 5, until Sunday, December 9.

The pieces will include a line of meaningful accessories crafted to empower, uplift and celebrate the wearer.

'My brand name Liwu translates to gift, and this is at the heart of everything I do,' said Aine. 'The pieces represent meaning, thoughtfulness and kindness with those you love and care about.'

Liwu Jewellery fuses traditional Celtic symbols and Chinese calligraphy with chic, understated designs to create pieces which are rich in history and modern in design.

Spending time Beijing, Áine found herself fascinated with Chinese culture, and eager to learn more, took a calligraphy class.

Inspired by what she learned, and reflecting on her Irish heritage, the former accountant created jewellery to celebrate the beautiful symbolism found in both Chinese calligraphy and Celtic images.

She crafts each piece with thoughtfulness, incorporating ancient symbols that are not only beautiful but also display a subtle meaning designed to inspire and celebrate the wearer.

In a time of mass-produced designs, Áine's collection stands out. Each piece is handcrafted and hallmarked in Dublin Castle, and every design comes with a special message to explain the symbol or character.

Áine designs from a studio in the farmyard of her family home by the sea near Gorey where she resides with her husband and two daughters.

Other local exhibitors will include bespoke interiors by Beveledge, along with Enniscorthy's Naturally Cordial.

'Gifted is a celebration of Christmas giving and will feature the country's largest collection of thoughtful gifts for your loved ones,' said organiser Patrick O'Sullivan.

Gifted also features The Spectacular Christmas Food Emporium with over 100 artisan food producers.

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