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.