Jordain Molloy Gillen - Jewellery & Illustration

About Jordain Molloy Gillen

Creating a world full of wonder and dream, allows me to escape the confines of normality. I live in a world full of glitter and fun, a spectrum of colour and spirituality. I convey a lot of feelings, emotions and experiences within my work along with representing the real world with a melancholy twist. I also create a whole new world of my own. If you are trapped in a dreamlike state of mind, detach yourself from the real world and endorse it.

When did you start taking an interest in art?

Since I was a toddler I used to stay with my grandparents everyday while my parents were at work. My Grandad was always very into art would teach me how to draw and recycle materials to make something from nothing. My Granny is a fantastic sewer and would make her own garments and curtains for her home and so she taught me how to sew and adjust my own clothing. They both were always a huge inspiration to me and so the older I got the more in depth I became with the arts.

What course have you studied or currently studying?

I studied Fine Art, sculpture lens, here at Belfast School of Art. Even though I was particularly drawn to fashion and textiles I didn't want to follow the traditional roots of sticking to one discipline. I wanted to learn a variety of skills such as metalwork and craft which, I could transfer and use within fashion, and create something different and unique to me.

Who or what inspires your art?

My work is primarily inspired by dreams and curiosityof experimentation. I would record my dreams and write poetry influenced by them, which I then translate through my work. I am also very influenced by feelings and things that are close to my heart which, again I translate through colour and form in my work.

If I am to list a few artists and designers who inspire my; Philip Tracey, Cindy Sherman, Alexander McQueen, Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, the list goes on. What I like about this collection of inspirational people is that all of them create work which, represents them as artists. They translate their skills, feelings and artsy through the work they create to make the audience feel wht their feeling and escape everyday normalities.

What do you hope people take from your work?

What I want people to take away from my work is a feeling of love. Everything I create whether it be from a time when I've been feeling sad or a time where I've been at my happiest, it comes from the heart. For me that's what is important, is that everything I do is from the heart. To feel something or see something within a piece of work that belongs to the artist is something very special I want you to look at my work and see these aspects within it.

Do you have any other interests?

Aside from art and fashion I love writing and theatre. I like to document how I am feeling or what inspires me, what makes me feel something. So I intend to write a lot of pieces of poetry, which would heavily influence my work. I also enjoy nature, taking long walks and exploring the outdoors. I have a huge spirtual influence in life and I feel that it definitely shows within my work. I love to study crystals and spiritual well being which, has helped me through a lot in my life.

What is your favourite memory of your time at Ulster University?

I always re-call this one particular task we were set as a challenge in second year. We were asked to bring in two random items, which are completely different from one another. So I chose cling film and a collection of acrylic paints. The next day we were then asked to take our items and make something with them. Baffled I had absolutely no clue what I was doing so I simply wrapped the film around my studio desk and poured the acrylics onto the film. I then walked away and left it overnight. To my surprise the next day when I returned to the desk the acrylic had solidated into this fantastic material and so I peeled it and repeated the process continuously. In the end I was able to make an intriguing waistcoat from the peelings. Moral of the story, you can literally make anything from anything.

What is next for you creatively?

At the moment I have been working on a number of things. I currently do a lot of events dressing for events throughout Northern Ireland. I recently completed a business enterprise programme and so I am currently going through the process of laucnching my own art and fashion business. In terms of my work I am looking at studying more technical fashion to increase my skills and learn new ways of adjusting my work. I have also learned some new painting skills and started to create some new exciting pieces, which I didnt't think was possible. I am very excited for what's next.

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Jordain Molloy Gillen - Jewellery & Illustration

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