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Helen and Killian’s collaboration is titled ‘Baggage?’. Here, a black top and skirt are accessorized with a glass cocoon bag. The bag is shown bursting, forcing its restrictive frame apart and its contents spreading to the cuff and up the sleeve. Referencing the term ‘‘Everyone has Baggage‘’, the bag is seen as a place to store both positive and negative feelings and emotions. The pattern used in the wire frame transforms into a quilt stitch and this then fades out over the sleeve.This is intended to emphasise the concept of the bag bursting and its contents spreading.


The hexagon top, skirt, sleeve with glass details and glass bag are all available for sale individually, please enquire for more details.

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Artist Bio

Helen Hayes graduated from the Grafton Academy of Fashion Design in 2015 and won the ‘UCD Fashion Student of the year’ in 2016, with over 20 years of previous graphic design experience. Joining the Council of Irish Fashion Designers in 2018, Helen has showcased her work at ‘Create’ in Brown Thomas, Dublin and at the CIFD Collections shown biannually. She’s been a panelist at the ‘CIFD Conversations with Designers’ and a finalist for Designer of the Year at the Fashion Innovation Awards in both 2019 & 2020.In 2021, Helen collaborated with glass artist Laura Quinn as part of a collaboration project between the CIFD and the Design and Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI). Their piece showcased at the Biot International Glass Festival in 2022. Featured in the latest Anthology Magazine, Helen’s couture creativity continues to inspire.

Killian Schurmann has dedicated his career to exploring glass as a medium for craft, design, and art installations. He spent 12 years traveling and working in studios and workshops associated with the studio glass movement. In 1991, he established his studio/workshop in Woodtown, Dublin 16.

His work is prominently featured in numerous Irish art collections, both public and private, including the National Museum, Ulster Museum, Dublin Castle (memorial installations for the Good Friday Agreement and the Garda Memorial), Botanical Garden Dublin, UCD Dublin, Library Maynooth College, US Ambassador’s Residence in Phoenix Park, Bank of Ireland, and AIB Ireland.