“Curiosity about life in all aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.” Leo Burnett
I’m Katie Woollett, the designer and creator of “Original Strands”.
I design and make a range of contemporary handmade jewellery using combinations of precious metals with semi precious gemstones and beads in my Studio in Dublin, Ireland. I am a member of the Design and Craft Council of Ireland. (DCCI).
My aim is to build a small scale and sustainable business and to create jewellery that my customers will enjoy wearing as much as I have enjoyed making it. The Original Strands range currently includes a variety of handmade chain necklaces, earrings, pendants and rings in three distinctive collections. (See My Collections page).
My inspiration: With a background as a psychotherapist, I am particularly interested in the dynamic tension between our inner and outer worlds, as reflected by the angles in our urban environment and the curves of 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.
A part of my week is set aside to work on new designs. I love nothing more than meeting my customers both in person and online and discussing commissions. I have been delighted to make personalised weddings rings for some very special clients.
Philosophy: 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.
Invitation: 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!