Garvan Traynor Jewellery
Garvan specialises in private commissions to design one-off pieces of quality contemporary jewellery using a variety of metals and precious stones, including platinum and diamonds. His clients typically will enjoy being part of the creative process, or simply enjoy having a one-off piece of jewellery made just for them. Garvan involves clients closely in the design process to ensure that the end product exceeds expectations: ‘My creative process is about engaging and collaborating with the client. Every person is different and every piece I produce reflects that, this builds a constantly creative cycle.’ Garvan's exhibition work finds inspiration from a broad range of contemporary influences, for example, recent exhibitions have been based on contemporary political, architectural and industrial themes. This approach transforms my work from the isolated sculptural or artistic ‘object’ to play an engaging role in contemporary cross-discipline design narrative. Minimal clean design aesthetics with a high degree of integrity of craftsmanship. Having a solid technical background in goldsmithing skills I ensure that the realisation of my designs is rooted in high quality craftsmanship.
I studied at the University of Ulster and undertook an apprenticeship with Trudi Van Schriek Goldschmiede on graduation, based in Maastricht. I founded my practice in 2005 and am currently based in Belfast. Since then I have been focused on building my practice of one-off private commissions.
Awards and Recognition:
2012-2021: Selected for Irish Craft Portfolio – Extended Programme
2014: Purchase of ‘Space Frame’ D&E by ACNI
April 2011: BCC Business Awards – Winner of Best Creative Business Category, sponsored by Invest NI
March 2010: ‘Beton Brut’ brooch purchased by Ulster Museum for the Museum’s permanent collection.
2017 -SpaceCraft exhibition, gold and diamond ring
2015 -Collaborations with Keith Connelly in Millenium Forum and Golden Thread Gallery
– Portfolio Exhibition, Solomon Gallery
– Exhibition, Greenacres Gallery
2014 – Irish Craft Portfolio – Ely Gallery Dublin
– RIAN Exhibition Barbara Stanley Gallery, London
2013 – Irish Craft Portfolio – Ely Gallery Dublin
2012 – Celebrate – Downpatrick Arts Centre
– Art of Craft – Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh
2011 – A sense of place – SpaceCRAFT (Judged)
2010 – C3 Collectors programme, private launch Ulster Museum
– ‘Quartet’ spaceCraft
– ‘Inspired by’ spaceCRAFT (Judged)
(purchased by Ulster Museum – permanent collection)
2006-2020 Corporate Clients:
– TV and film work including Game of Thrones; Irish Football Association, Merchant Hotel, Mayor of Derry gift for Obama administration.
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