After a five-year absence, Dublin designer Jennifer Kinnear is back at the heart of the fashion industry creating “treasured jewels to be passed from generation to generation”.
Her latest designs can be found in one of Dublin’s most iconic stores – Arnotts – and she has also opened up an exclusive online shop from her base in Spain.
She has created unique show pieces with bright colours, inspired by the sea and nature, for the Dublin store which are handmade and expertly crafted using traditional techniques.
Jennifer owned a very successful jewellery business in Crow Street in Temple Bar which she closed during the recession after taking the decision to emigrate to Spain.
Since moving abroad the designer has continued to craft and be inspired to create and has also taken some time to enjoy her other passion, kitesurfing.
A keen athlete, Jennifer decided in 2009 to move away from Dublin to pursue some of the best kitesurfing locations on the beaches of Spain, however, she is still heavily influenced by her hometown.
The pieces on her website include a Cockle Shell Necklace which she created after a trip to Dollymount Beach and the delicate Hummingbird Pendant which was inspired by a tile pattern that she spotted in a chip shop in Stoneybatter.
She said: “I just want to create beautiful jewellery, that my customers are excited to wear and feel good wearing – my motto is, ‘Get that jewellery out of its box and wear it’ – no matter the value, mix it up, costume or fine. Layer it, mix silver with gold, fine and chunky, it is such a waste if left in the box and if you don´t like some of the old pieces, I’ll revamp it for you!”
She is also inspired by her 4-year-old son, Luca, who was born in Spain and regularly helps Jennifer beach combing and rock pool fishing for her next creation.
She said: “I’m always beach combing or walking in the countryside, my latest find is a tiny crab, so I will make a mould of the claws and then use lost wax casting techniques to make tiny crab claw earrings, same goes for the shells and sea urchins. The hummingbird, key, slipper and various others are made using traditional metalsmithing techniques.”
“I think what inspired me to make jewellery in the first place was traveling and seeing the different cultures and materials you could find and bring home, so you could make something different. I´m working on new designs all the time. You might think I’m crazy but I found the most beautiful sea urchin mouth on the beach, structural and delicate, that´s on the bench next along with the crab claws!”
For more information about the Dublin designer or to view the full range visit the brand new online shop here: Jennifer Kinnear Shop.