Inspiration

Laura Whelan: L Designs

By dublin

This week we chatted to Laura Whelan, lover of life’s little luxuries and founder of L Designs. Laura spoke to us about her intricate creations and her upcoming event, the Christmas Decoration Workshop, in MVP on Tuesday.

Photo credits: Marcus Cassidy

Can you tell us a little bit about L Designs?
L Designs is a unique range of jewellery, fascinators and accessories. It has a diverse mix of pieces, ranging from elegant bridal wear to fun and quirky designs. The common theme in all of my pieces is intricate bead work, incorporating gemstone, Swarovski crystals and the delicate use of woven colour patterns.

Where do you draw inspiration from for your pieces?
One of my passions is the history of art, design and jewellery. I find it fascinating that some of the techniques that I’m using today would have first been used by the Egyptians thousands of years ago! I’m particularly drawn to the Art Nouveau and Art Deco eras. I find that the shapes and styles are a wonderful source of inspiration, especially when I am designing bridal jewellery or head pieces.

Another great source of inspiration is the materials I use. When I travel the first thing I do is look up the closest bead or craft shop. A particular shape or colour of a strand of gemstones or a bunch of feathers can inspire an entire design! My work is also inspired by Kawaii a Japanese term that translates as cute or loveable.

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You have been crafting beautiful, intricate jewellery and fascinators for ten plus years, have you any favorite/memorable pieces you have created?
I specialize in making custom designs for weddings & special occasions. I think they’re my favorite because I love working one on one with customers to create the perfect piece to match their style and personality.

A memorable commission was when a few years ago I was asked to create fascinators for the usherettes at Film Fatale (who organize vintage film events). I incorporated actual film into the fascinators. I really enjoyed the challenge of working with a new material and adding it into a vintage inspired design.

You have branched out towards making Christmas decorations and will be hosting a two hour workshop on December 8th, can you tell us more about it?
During the workshop the students will learn how to make an adorable mini-Christmas tree decoration from wire, beads and ribbon. It will take place upstairs in MVP Harold’s Cross from 7pm-9pm. It includes all materials and festive nibbles on arrival! Tickets are €22 and are available from tickets.ie, or you can find out more about the workshop on the Facebook page.

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Who is the workshop suited to?
The workshop is suitable for all skill levels. This particular workshop is over 18′s, but I plan on running more jewellery making classes and workshops in the New Year and these will include children’s workshops.

What would you like people to take from the workshop?
I would like them to take away a new skill and the ability to make lovely hand crafted Christmas presents. The workshop is a lovely taster of a selection of jewellery making/ wire work techniques and so is perfect for anyone interested in jewellery making or crafts.