Rowena completed a degree in Craft Design from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin in 2007. Following this she remained in Dublin where she worked as a costume maker for theatre, film and TV. However, the desire to return to independent design work, as well as a longing to move back west, prompted a return to Clare in the summer of 2016. Since then she has developed this range of jewellery which is made using, as far as is possible, native, sustainably sourced Irish materials. Rowena works out of her studio in Ennistymon, Co. Clare.
Rowena comes from a family of designer makers with a strong appreciation for natural and locally sourced products and materials, and this is a tradition she wishes to continue in her own work. She is especially interested in the meeting point between ethical, sustainable design, and exciting new technologies such as laser cutting. She is passionate about nature and the outdoors, and their preservation. Her goal is to produce a contemporary, design led product which is reflective of these values in it’s choice of materials.
All wood used in the production of our jewellery is salvaged from either land clearance, storm damage, or general tree maintenance. Rowena works predominantly in Yew, a species native to Ireland and one of the hardest of the Irish woods, with a fine smooth grain.
Beginning with raw tree trunks, the wood is left to dry naturally over many years. It is then brought through a number of processes before it can be laser cut, sanded, buffed, ebonised and assembled using sterling silver findings. Finally, each piece is finished with a polish made from Burren wildflower beeswax, sourced directly from local beehives, sealing and protecting the wood and enhancing the colour and the grain.