Irish Designer Sasha Sykes to Judge Future Makers 2016 Awards
Future Makers 2016 is delighted to announce Sasha Sykes will join us to judge Future Makers this year.

About Sasha Sykes…

Sasha Sykes is an artist, designer and creator of highly unusual hand-crafted contemporary furniture and functional artworks. Born in Dublin in 1976, Sasha studied Architecture and worked as a Retail Designer before setting up her design company ‘farm21’ and establishing her solo artistic career.  She has worked all over the world including London (1999-2003) and New York (2003-2006) and has now settled in her native County Carlow where she lives with her husband and three young children and works from a strawbale studio next door.

Her work is particularly known for its use of acrylics and hand-cast resins, embedding found objects and collected organic materials, which tell stories of our landscape and social history. 

My work is primarily influenced by the scale, approach and aesthetic of the Irish landscape. I like to explore the cycle of life and decay, and the dichotomy of fragility and preservation.  I am particularly interested in mankind’s relationship with our surroundings, and expressing the nature of that interaction is central to my work. I like to work with unusual organic and locally found materials; eg, wildflowers and thistles from the Wicklow mountains, mosses and lichens from Carlow or seaweeds and shells from the south & west coasts. Together, objects such as these tell intimate stories about the physical locality as well as shedding light on the values and priorities of people living in the area. This combination of the natural habitat and man’s influence shape and colour everything in our world. 

Sasha has work in numerous private and public collections including the National Museum of Ireland (Collins Barracks) and has been selected as part of the DCCoI Portfolio. 


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