Helen

Pin Cushion Ring by geraldine kane

I made this for my sister's birthday (H) a few weeks ago...

She likes to sew and makes beautiful things. So I thought she should have something special to help her make beautiful things.

It was difficult to stitch such a tiny cushion using the thick kimono fabric, but after several attempts I managed to get a reasonably neat finish. 

The sides are a matt finish and the base has a high polished finish, just to add a bit of texture to such simple lines.

I wonder will she wear it...
 

Gold vermeil ring [18ct gold plated silver]
Kimono fabric cushion

Thank you

G


Showcase 2016 by geraldine kane

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We took part in Showcase in Dublin for the second time at the end of January. We had learnt a lot from the first year, little important behind-the-scenes things like remembering to bring double-sided tape, a tape measure and to bring a step ladder- except we forgot to bring the step ladder. But we managed and were very pleased with the results 

It's a long few days and a lot of preparation work but it's worth it - the positive feedback, new friends and new stockists all add up to days well spent.

Thank you,

H

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New outlets ! by geraldine kane

We've been pretty busy recently. But we've been whistling while we work, because we're very excited to be bringing ISLE to some new lovely shops throughout Ireland. 

We're proud to announce that you can find ISLE at:

 

KILN & LOOM, Ormeau Road, Belfast

 

SHELLS LITTLE SHOP, The Srand Sligo

McCARTHY'S, Shop Street, Galway

Pop in and have a little look if you are in any of these lovely locations.

There's more to come so keep an eye out for more news!!

H


Facet-nating & Fionn-tastic :) by geraldine kane

We are just recovering from our first experience of exhibiting at Showcase Ireland. I took plenty of photos, so just need a little time to go through them before giving you the insider lowdown on all things Showcase.

Everyone was really positive about our jewellery and stand, especially excited about our new range of angular Fionn 'gems'.  Due to popular demand, we are exploring using 18k yellow and rose gold plating over sterling silver for some on-trend luxury that won't break the bank. These gems will be mostly matt-finish, though I may sprinkle them with a few shiny surfaces for some texture and contrast. I'm also exploring the possibility of partial plating, mixing silver and gold finishes for some extra edginess.  So many possibilities! Yesterday, I was back working at my jewellery bench making necklaces that will accompany the earrings photographed below.

Our gem earrings will be available to buy in the coming weeks. *smile*

[I know, I know, I said that about the Flora Collection that hasn't surfaced yet, but I decided it was important to take extra time to develop it further to a standard I'm totally happy with!  These gems, on the other hand, are funky, elegant and ready to go!]

Right, back to the work bench!

G


Nice Day For A White Wedding by helen kane

...or a pink one, a green one, or even a polka dot one.

The thing about weddings is that they can all be a little bit the samey, leaving limited room for the imagination and truly personal style. 

Enter Frock Around The Clock Weddings,  a one-stop shop for those looking for alternatives to the traditional wedding.  Their online directory hosts a ton of ideas and links to local NI maker, designers and services that will help you to create your very own alternative, special wedding.

Okay, okay, we may be just a LITTLE biased as ISLE just happens to be one of those useful links :)

But you'll have to agree, from looking at their latest photo shoot using some ISLE jewellery, it isn't half bad! A mix of elegance, classic design with modern touches, and more than just a hint of the unique - it's exactly what we look for at ISLE.

ISLE will be taking part in the F.A.T.C. Winter Wedding Fair at the Europa Hotel on the 2nd November 2014. Pop by and say hello!

H