Merle O’Grady

 Merle O’Grady was always creative growing up. Discovering the sewing machine at age 10 whilst collecting fashion magazines she soon realised that it was fashion design she was destined to do. She began her career in fashion studying in Limerick School of Art and Design, following up with work experience  in London. She continued her degree at Cordwainers College of Fashion to study Accessory Design. “Learning to work in 3d was a total revelation – I had become so used to struggling to pattern cut and design in 2d for fashion to create a product that’s obviously worn on a 3d human body! The beauty of creating accessories is that anyone can wear your designs, regardless of size, shape or age, and as a designer that was incredibly liberating”.

Merle started out designing bags selling her pieces in Spitfields market(s), which is when her love for jewellery design began. The response was great and she fast expanded her clientele. Her first collection was shown at London Fashion Week 2010 and from there Merle has continued her career and established herself as an in-demand jewellery designer. Currently stocked at  Bow  in Ireland, Urban Outfitters  UK and USA.

Inspired by graphics, prints and abstract art, Merle tries to collect as many images as possible before starting a collection. Secondly, she picks an era as a theme. This season the 90′s grunge scene has captured her imagination. “Starting a collection is like starting a collage,” she says, a collection of images and samples that she gradually puts together.

Her current project is moving her work and private life back to Dublin, something she is very excited about. “The sense of community is getting back into Dublin that we may have lost a few years ago”.

When she hasn’t been busy setting up her studio on Baggot street she is working on her new collection that will be in store in January 2013. Future prospects is to continue her collections further on to international grounds, a dream (and hopefully a reality in the near future) that has always been to sell her pieces in Barney’s co-op and to work on an ethical fine jewellery collection, she explains that unfortunately there is a lot of unethical work behind making of fine jewellery.

Alongside these goals she is looking forward to being a settled designer in Dublin, staying true to her designs and always sustaining a personal, human touch to her work.

“My aim is to create jewellery that makes women feel strong and confident – I love how strangely protected you can feel wearing lots of jewellery. It can feel almost like modern day armour…but with shiny crystals! Women are multi-faceted, so in my designs I like to appeal to that by mixing contrasting warrior-like shapes with traditionally feminine elements like pearls and swarovski”.



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