‘Golden Years’ pendant


“Golden Years” is a kinetic pendant made up of 24 ever increasing rings that represent the 24 years that Celine Traynor lived in her house on Canal Street, Newry, before it was sold. For Celine, making this piece was a therapeutic, contemplative process, executed during Lockdown.

She pierced all the circles by hand from a 15cm x 15cm sheet of brass. Celine used brass, a metal she would not normally use, reflecting the concern about finances that she, and many creatives, felt at the time. The rings are hooked together in order, onto a safety pin made to secure all the pieces in place.

The safety pin allows the pendant to be opened and transformed into a necklace, a laying out of her contained memories.
For this necklace, the graduating rings are also connected with safety pins, significant in relation to the security Celine felt at home in those years.

The remnant of the sheet of brass, a sad reflection of the gaping hole that leaving Newry leaves with Celine, was made into another exhibition piece – ‘A Canal Street Shaped Hole’.

Artist Bio

Describing her practice, Céline Traynor says: “Thoroughly contemporary in style, my jewellery designs in silver and gold, polished and matt finish, reflect my love of pure shape and form appealing to those with a minimalist aesthetic. Although my jewellery might look abstract, the inspiration is down to earth.
Taking a studied, almost mathematical approach, I reduce forms to a balanced, geometric shape. The finished result is simple jewellery with a highly individual appearance. A favoured way of working is to design a link that lends itself to necklaces, pendants, bracelets, earrings, cufflinks. rings and brooches. I love solving the problems of how to connect, link, pin, hang. I enjoy working with a client to design a piece from conception to finish.”

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