Chupi Sweetman, Jewellery Designer

Chupi needs no introduction to lovers of finely-crafted modern jewellery in Ireland and around the world. As one of Ireland’s most successful jewellery designers, she creates precious handmade rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets for fashion-conscious customers in no fewer than 64 countries. Chupi – and yes, that is her real name – says her work is the result of being …

Emma Barone, Artist

Emma Barone is an Irish visual artist based in Birr, Co. Offaly. She is best known for her highly distinctive colour paintings. Her work is frequently inspired by abstract shapes from the natural world and another favourite recurring theme – vividly imagined ladies shoes. emmabarone.com  

Voyager

Voyager, a ten-foot bronze sculpture by the internationally acclaimed artist Linda Brunker, greets the rising sun on the promenade at Laytown. The intricately-wrought work which gazes eastwards over the Irish Sea has become synonymous with the village since it was installed in 2004. A slightly earlier version of Voyager has, since 2002, been facing in a westerly direction towards the …

Serendipity, Barcelona

Sometimes images just fall into place. I think the word for it is serendipity. This is one from my first visit to Barcelona – many years ago now. It was taken close to the entrance of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. What caught my eye was the bronze sculpture and how it sat nicely within the lines of ornate …

Guggenheim, Bilbao

It’s entirely appropriate that this huge artwork – by the splendidly named French-American artist Louise Bourgeois – sits alongside Frank Ghery’s singular Guggenheim Building in Bilbao. They could have been made for each other. Arguably the pairing looks best at night time. The monstrous sprawling bronze spider – entitled Maman – measures some 30 feet high by 33 feet wide. …

Guggenheim, Bilbao

The Guggenheim building in  Bilbao is among Europe’s most iconic modern architectural creations. We mostly see images of it in daytime. So here it is at night lit up in all it’s startling finery. I feel a yearning for a return trip – when we’re allowed to fly again.