MEET KATIE, THE DESIGNER/MAKER
“Curiosity about life in all aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.”
I love to create jewellery that stimulates the imagination! Unusual angles, rings that taper with gems off-centre and earrings that are inverted, mirrors of each other. It makes me wonder about my inner world and the designs that pop up into my consciousness, demanding to be created into a piece of jewellery.
I’m Katie Woollett, the designer and creator of “Original Strands”. I design and make a range of Irish contemporary handmade jewellery that includes a variety of chain necklaces, earrings, pendants and rings in three distinctive collections. Everything is made in my Dublin studio. (See My Collections page).
With a background as a psychotherapist, I am particularly interested in the movement between our inner and outer worlds, and what draws us to one piece of jewellery over another. Does it remind us of something or someone, does it make us feel a certain way when we wear it. Do we think about this at all, or do we just know that we love it! This is what drives me, because I believe it is important that every piece of jewellery we wear should be meaningful and loved!
I am a member of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCI)
My inspiration is drawn from the angles of architecture and our urban environment, and the curves in nature. This is represented by the interplay of movement, textures and combinations of the precious metals and gems I use in my innovative, original and individual pieces. Many of these are one of a kind, and I love to experiment with space , balance and opposites.
It is important to me to create a brand that is sustainable and ethical. My materials are obtained from reputable dealers and I aim to use only ethically sourced materials and recycled packaging.
I invite you to browse my shop, leaving traditional expectations at the door, and see which of the pieces you are drawn to, either for yourself or as a gift for a special person in your life. You may be surprised!