Location

Ireland

About the Artist: Fiona Herbst

My name is Fiona Herbst, I live in a picturesque rural location in Donegal, in the far north of Ireland. I am a polymer clay artist who specializes in jewellery. I make and sell polymer clay jewellery for a living. For me, each piece is a work of art. My work centres around colour - the creation, exploration and experimentation of colour. I believe colour encapsulates different moods, it adds depth and expression to something otherwise unremarkable. It allows you to make a bold creative statement, to express yourself, to be playful or daring. What I love most about polymer clay is its infinite flexibility. One can never be finished with learning and exploring new techniques and skills. Just as I begin to master one polymer technique, I find myself a beginner in another. The inspiration for my work is drawn from this beautiful county and along the famous Wild Atlantic Way. It is a place of not only great aesthetic beauty but is also brimming with culture and history as outlined by both story and song. Donegal provides an endless pallet of inspiration.

Websites

http://www.fionaherbst.com

Exhibition Images

Donegal Links 1

Donegal Links 1

My intention with this piece was to make wearable art that tells a story about where I come from. I live in a rural, mountainous area, a stone's throw away from the sea. The peaks are imposing and rugged. Its people are widely dispersed throughout the county and the economy is weak. Many people must move away to find work yet their connection to home remains unbending. Hence, I have created a piece called 'Donegal Links' making it big, bold and strong. The links swirl like the white waves of the Atlantic Ocean. They hold strong like the people. I live in an old farmhouse which was once a flax mill. Flax was one of Donegal's main income source in the past. I have used white and translucent clay to reflect the colours of flax but also to symbolise ivory for power and strength.I have used a rough linen tie continuing with the flax theme. The connecting beads that attach the linen tie to the chain is textured with Donegal tweed. The mokume gane used on the link and central beads provides movement and contrast, reflecting the swaying flax reeds in the wind. Length: 90 cm / 36 in, Central bead: 5 cm /2 in, Material: Polymer clay / Linen.

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Jewelry and Wearable Art
Donegal Links 2

Donegal Links 2

My intention with this piece was to make wearable art that tells a story about where I come from. I live in a rural, mountainous area, a stone's throw away from the sea. The peaks are imposing and rugged. Its people are widely dispersed throughout the county and the economy is weak. Many people must move away to find work yet their connection to home remains unbending. Hence, I have created a piece called 'Donegal Links' making it big, bold and strong. The links swirl like the white waves of the Atlantic Ocean. They hold strong like the people. I live in an old farmhouse which was once a flax mill. Flax was one of Donegal's main income source in the past. I have used white and translucent clay to reflect the colours of flax but also to symbolise ivory for power and strength.I have used a rough linen tie continuing with the flax theme. The connecting beads that attach the linen tie to the chain is textured with Donegal tweed. The mokume gane used on the link and central beads provides movement and contrast, reflecting the swaying flax reeds in the wind.

Length: 90 cm / 36 in, Central bead: 5 cm /2 in, Material: Polymer clay / Linen.

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Jewelry and Wearable Art
Donegal Links 3

Donegal Links 3

My intention with this piece was to make wearable art that tells a story about where I come from. I live in a rural, mountainous area, a stone's throw away from the sea. The peaks are imposing and rugged. Its people are widely dispersed throughout the county and the economy is weak. Many people must move away to find work yet their connection to home remains unbending. Hence, I have created a piece called 'Donegal Links' making it big, bold and strong. The links swirl like the white waves of the Atlantic Ocean. They hold strong like the people. I live in an old farmhouse which was once a flax mill. Flax was one of Donegal's main income source in the past. I have used white and translucent clay to reflect the colours of flax but also to symbolise ivory for power and strength.I have used a rough linen tie continuing with the flax theme. The connecting beads that attach the linen tie to the chain is textured with Donegal tweed. The mokume gane used on the link and central beads provides movement and contrast, reflecting the swaying flax reeds in the wind.

Length: 90 cm / 36 in, Central bead: 5 cm /2 in, Material: Polymer clay / Linen.

Related Gallery

Jewelry and Wearable Art

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