Totally Dublin magazine feature

Well, this has made my weekend!! Brilliant writer and Totally Dublin fashion editor Sinead O'Reilly did an interview a few weeks ago about how I ended up designing jewellery for a living, and it was published this month.

If you're curious but you're not in Dublin and can't pick up a copy, you can have a read on their website.

Totally Dublin Aliquo Interview

Aliquo Jewellery Designer Totally Dublin Interview page 1

Aliquo Jewellery Designer Totally Dublin Interview page 2


Winter is coming...

 ...but it will be a colourful one! While the summer sale is happening, I've been hard at work behind the scenes preparing the new autumn/winter jewellery collection. And I'm pretty happy with it! I hope you'll like too :o)

Last Saturday was the big day for the new collection photoshoot. We got the pieces back from the platers on Thursday and after working non-stop and enamelling the pieces until the wee hours of the morning the night before, everything was ready just about in time! This season I decided to change the way I normally organise photoshoots and work with a new team, to keep things interesting and challenge myself a little. The photoshoot was done outdoors, at different locations around Portobello (my favourite Dublin neighbourhood) and with a new photographer Kirstyn Byrne.

Shooting out in the city meant that there was more to plan (styling, locations, where to prep make-up & hair etc...) but everything went really smoothly and the rain held off for the day (hurray!!). So it was a fun and colourful day with a brilliant team and I am really excited to see the results!

Kirstyn likes to shoot on film instead of digital and although that made me a little nervous of course, I love that I had to wait for the film to be developed to see the results! It reminds me of not so long ago when you had to wait to get your holiday pictures and then going through them was like reliving the holiday all over again.

Here's a peek at the contact sheets...if you're as curious as me you'll try and zoom in but you won't see any jewellery. Just a bit more patience, the whole collection will be out in September! And if you don't want to miss the launch, make sure to sign up to the newsletter and you'll be the first to know. (You'll also get 10% off your next order, which is always nice...)

contact sheets aliquo jewellery shoot autumn 2016

 contact sheets aliquo jewellery collection

behind the scenes aliquo jewellery photoshoot

Colour research part 1 - Murals

Over the past few seasons, I have been using more and more enamel in my jewellery designs. I used to get very frustrated when selecting beads, I could never find the full range of colours and sizes that I wanted. Using epoxy enamel means I can create my own colours and I blend primary colours in my studio to create each individual shade. The difficult part is deciding which ones to keep each season, because there's an infinite number of possibilities! 

It's time to design the Autumn Winter collection already, so our stockists can start ordering at the end of June and have some new stock for everyone in September. I had previously worked mostly with individual colours or gradients and this season, I'd like to do more colour combinations. To try and get a fresh start and some new ideas I started looking through my old travel photos to do some colour research and picked out a few to show you. And I when I say a few, I mean way too many! So I'll split this post into several themed posts and you'll get a regular burst of colour on the blog :o)

Today are three bright murals. The first and last ones are from Montreal (last summer) and the middle one is a beautiful mural that I saw in Tokyo back in 2010 (I can't believe it was that long ago already...) in the Asakusa area.

cheshire cat mural colour in Montreal


lovely colourful mural in Tokyo


pink blue and purple waves mural in Montreal