Here’s how it turned out! This is my article La Vie en Mode for Sligo Now Magazine’s October issue. You can read the text below.
ModaFix blog: promoting local designers
Many of you are familiar with my online fashion blog, modaFix.ie, where I promote local, Irish designers and makers, due to my genuine appreciation of their talent and skill, therefore it will come as no surprise that in this issue I’m introducing you to yet another local talent: accessory designer, Soraya Ricalde.
Soraya Ricalde Designs
Soraya is a native of Santander, Spain. Although she studied marketing and advertising, her love of art and design from a young age meant she was destined to pursue the more creative route. Starting with evening courses in jewellery making sixteen years ago, Soraya went on to do her apprentice in The Canary Islands. Soraya has been jewellery making full time for a decade and has her studio is based at Leitrim Sculpture Centre in Manorhamilton.
Sculptural, statement pieces
Although she really loves creating large, dramatic, sculptural pieces for fashion shows and exhibitions, her primary focus is simple, contemporary designs. This statement piece en rouge is now on display at Leitrim Sculpture Centre. Inspired by a river walk at Creevela Abbey in Dromahair, County Leitrim, Soraya created this piece using a combination of copper and red silks.
Goldsmith and designer Soraya works with both gold and sterling silver. She creates commissioned pieces such as wedding and engagement bands, as well as pendants, cuff links, bracelets and brooches and earrings. She has made a large number of original, one off pieces as she likes to work with her customers to incorporate their ideas to create something unique. She also does repairs to preserve your special, sentimental pieces.
Her work is inspired by the simplicity and beauty of nature as well as her surroundings in North Leitrim. Her handmade jewellery reflects organic shapes such as shells, rocks, wood and seaweed. She collects samples her the natural environment that she uses as inspiration for her designs.
Counties of Ireland Jewellery
This County Sligo, skillfully hand crafted by goldsmith and designer, Soraya. She and co-founder, Marion Fink set up the Counties of Ireland Jewellery range in 2012. Marion, who studied Fine Art in Sligo IT, went on to take over a framing company, specialising in framing artwork. When the pair met, they decided to combine their skills in the form of Counties of Ireland Jewellery.
‘Our pendants are designed to make you feel closer to home no matter where you are’.
Soraya and Marion offer a truly, unique, handmade product. Designs include: pendants, cuff links, tie pins, single counties framed and 32 counties framed. They also offer commissioned, which can be engraved or personalised with gem stones.
These unique and beautiful designs are handmade here in Ireland at their studio in Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim. Jeweller Soraya and sculptress Marion complement each other, evident in their creations. The boxes are handmade and feature the county map of your choice. All maps are approved by Ordinance Survey Ireland.
Counties of Ireland Jewellery is available both nationwide and worldwide. Locally, you can find their work in Lime Green Umbrella at Lyons’ Department store.
Personally, I think the pendants would make for a treasured gift for Irish living abroad; they are intriguing, meaningful, contemporary and tastefully designed. The cuff links would be an ideal gift for any male who has an affiliation to Ireland. Add Counties of Ireland Jewellery to your Christmas wish list!
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