The two pieces Heather McFadden has submitted for the exhibition are made from silver, copper, and enamel and can either be worn as brooches or serve as stand-alone sculptures.


Recently she  have been exploring enamelling as a new medium, gradually introducing it to her work as she gained confidence. This has coincided with her listening to more audio books, which, as a dyslexic person has made the world of classic literature much more accessible to her. 


One book Heather has been particularly influenced by is George Orwell’s 1984, with themes which draw parallels with modern communications devices, such as the smartphone. Although she am just at the beginning of her exploration of the art of enamelling, she was keen to use this material to achieve the cold-eyed stare she wanted to convey with the television brooches. As such, these pieces showcase the intertwining of two new exploratory pathways for her as an artist.


Dimensions:    Square TV – 40mm x 35mm x 10mm.  Irregular shaped TV – 40mmx 40mm x 10mm. Please note that the price is £300 each.


Artist Bio

Heather McFadden studied 3D design in Belfast in the 1980s.  After undertaking further studies in Kilkenny and Copenhagen she began teaching jewellery making at Belfast Metropolitan College and, over time, diversified into lecturing in Theatrical and Media makeup as well as Fashion and Textiles. Additionally, Heather has worked as a part-time consultant for City & Guilds in the development of Goldsmithing courses/exams.


In 2016 Heather set up Gobbins Crafts at her home in Islandmagee where she divides her time between teaching jewellery making workshops and designing and making her own work. 


Heather’s hand fabricated jewellery draws inspiration from a wide variety of subject matter, such as, classic literature, moving imagery and insect anatomy.