ABOUT THE ARTIST
Kelly studied Jewellery and Silversmithing at the Edinburgh College of
Art, Edinburgh and graduated with a Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in
1998. In 2004 she completed a Masters of Arts Management and Cultural
Policy in University College Dublin.
is a designer maker who crosses boundaries of jewellery, textiles and
sculpture. She combines paper with mixed media using a variety of traditional
and non-traditional textile and jewellery techniques. Inspiration derives
from a fascination with simple shapes, textures, repetition and colour
in urban and rural landscapes.
has exhibited extensively in international exhibitions and galleries.
Her work can be seen in many private collections and the public collections
of the National Museum of Ireland, the British Crafts Council, London;
the Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh; the Museum of Art and Design, New York;
the Cleveland Arts Centre International Jewellery Collection, UK; and
the Office of Public Works, Dublin.
Since 1998 O’Kelly has lectured part time in textile and jewellery departments of the National College of Art and Design and Edinburgh College of Art. She has also curated three contemporary craft exhibitions in Ireland and the UK; Texture for the Hub Gallery, UK in 2004; Playthings and Wearable UnWearable for the Crafts Council of Ireland in 2005.
National Museum of Ireland, 2007
Department of Foreign Affairs/ Crafts Council of Ireland, 2006
Office of Public Works, Ireland, 2005
Georgia State University, Georgia, 2004
Cleveland Arts Centre, International Jewellery Collection, UK, 2003
Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, 2002
American Museum of Art and Design, New York, 2000
British Crafts Council Collection, London 1999
2005 50% Scheme, Crafts Council of Ireland
1999 Janet Fitch Jewellery Award, Chelsea Craft Fair, London
1997 RSA Student Design Awards, Jewellery – Highly Commended
1997 Goldsmiths Platinum Design Awards, Commended, UK
1996 Goldsmiths Platinum Design Awards, Second Place, UK