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Meet The Judges: 2022

ROUND 1 JUDGES

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Maria Couchman​ is an experienced professional with over 25 years’ track record in sector development gained in Ireland and the UK. Maria spend 13 years working with Bord Bia delivering national supplier development programmes, capability development programmes, education and talent development programmes, and marketing promotions. She has been the project manager for the South East regional innovation, export and start-up programmes with the South East Local Enterprise Office network.

She is an experienced mentor who believes that developing sustainable career pathways for sustainable craft and design talent, coupled with support for established and emerging craft and designer makers are central to sectoral success.

Maria has a keen interest in Craft, Fine Art and Design, and through the DCCI’s craft and education agenda dedicates her wealth of experience to the progression and promotion of the craft and design sector and the skilled craftspeople within it.

 

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Siobhan Kehoe is brand and commercial director at Rathbornes 1488 where she manages all aspects of the John G Rathborne Ltd company alongside her husband, Vincent. She has developed a broad spectrum of disciplines having obtained a degree in Analytical Science followed by a PhD and postdoctoral research in Microbiology before transferring to the business world. Such a background ensures that she is a creative and insightful thinker and a natural problem solver who improves business strategy, efficiency and operations to drive business internationally. 

 

On a day to day level, Siobhan leads international sales and development and positioning of the Rathbornes 1488 brand ensuring it’s growth from an Irish household name to a globally recognised luxury home fragrance and gifting brand. High quality is the pillar on which Rathbornes 1488 builds their products and through leading a design team and examination of new high quality supply chains Siobhan ensures sales growth in what is an extremely competitive market.

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Edel McBride is an experienced creative with a demonstrated history of working in the world of crafts and design for many decades as a maker, business owner, educator and volunteer. Edel’s main skills are textiles, knitwear, e-commerce, small-business management, social media and community building, craft retail and cultural tourism. She graduated from Limerick School of Art and Letterkenny Institute. She has entrepreneurship and business training from Ulster University and Boston College. She has exhibited frequently at home and internationally, from 1991–2022.

 

Edel has a award-winning craft brand in handmade luxury knitwear, and works with many knitters, crocheters and textile artists countrywide to create authentic ‘Made in Ireland’ clothing with a clear ethical and eco footprint. Edel founded Knitfield in 2012 to inspire new or aspiring textile makers. She is a a founding member of Number 19 Craft and Design retail outlet at the Derry Craft Village. Edel is directed by the history and value of traditional skills and is passionate about developing opportunities for makers and GANS. Edel has mentored many craft makers and worked collaboratively with craft businesses, and is familiar with the many challenges facing them. Edel aims to advocate for others, helping them advance their skills and ambitions.

ROUND 2 JUDGES

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Suzy O'Keefe joined DCCI in February 2021 as Head of Digital and Communications. A graduate
with degrees from NCAD, TU Dublin and CCT, and professional experience in creative, commercial, teaching and data-analytics disciplines, Suzy has had senior strategic and management roles in a variety of industry sectors. She has led marketing and communications departments and organisational change through digital transformation.


Shortly before joining DCCI, Suzy consulted to Design Skillnet, an organisation cofunded by government, that fuelled her interest in contributing to sector development. As a ceramicist herself, Suzy has a deep affinity with the members and clients of DCCI that adds value to her role in supporting DCCI’s growth of the Irish crafts and design sector.

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Genevieve Howard is an award winning artist, designer and maker of contemporary art jewellery and sculptural objects. She graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin with a BA in Metals + Jewellery in 2015, studied Jewellery Design, Gold and Silversmithing at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, and completed an MA in Fashion + Technology at the University of Art and Industrial Design, Linz in 2021.

 

She creates her distinctive sculptural pieces through a synthesis of handcrafted techniques with the latest cutting edge technologies. The materials which she uses to create her work range from the non precious, such as paper, to reactive and precious metals. Genevieve’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in major institutions and acquired for the collections of prominent museums including the NGV in Melbourne and The Dallas Museum of Art in Texas.' - www.genevievehowarddesign.com

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Kim Ling Morris has a strong appreciation of elegant design and well-crafted work. Prior to coming to Cork, Kim-Ling had worked in ceramics in Paris and Lyon. After taking the textiles night class in the Crawford College of Art and Design, Kim-Ling joined the Cork Textiles Network, where she is currently the treasurer. Kim-Ling was one of three founding directors of Sample Studio, which is among the biggest artist-led studio groups in the country.

 

Starting off as treasurer from its inception in 2011, with her experience in engineering project management Kim-Ling has continued to guide its finances through its various challenges, such as the loss of premises and COVID-19. The sharing of passion and skills is what Kim-Ling believes makes work stronger, and she advocates for cross-group technical and peer support of all makers, particularly those emerging. Kim-Ling does not believe there is a line between art and craft, but a gradation.

FINAL ROUND JUDGES

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Suzy O'Keefe joined DCCI in February 2021 as Head of Digital and Communications. A graduate
with degrees from NCAD, TU Dublin and CCT, and professional experience in creative, commercial, teaching and data-analytics disciplines, Suzy has had senior strategic and management roles in a variety of industry sectors. She has led marketing and communications departments and organisational change through digital transformation.


Shortly before joining DCCI, Suzy consulted to Design Skillnet, an organisation cofunded by government, that fuelled her interest in contributing to sector development. As a ceramicist herself, Suzy has a deep affinity with the members and clients of DCCI that adds value to her role in supporting DCCI’s growth of the Irish crafts and design sector.

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Genevieve Howard is an award winning artist, designer and maker of contemporary art jewellery and sculptural objects. She graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin with a BA in Metals + Jewellery in 2015, studied Jewellery Design, Gold and Silversmithing at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, and completed an MA in Fashion + Technology at the University of Art and Industrial Design, Linz in 2021.

 

She creates her distinctive sculptural pieces through a synthesis of handcrafted techniques with the latest cutting edge technologies. The materials which she uses to create her work range from the non precious, such as paper, to reactive and precious metals. Genevieve’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in major institutions and acquired for the collections of prominent museums including the NGV in Melbourne and The Dallas Museum of Art in Texas.' - www.genevievehowarddesign.com

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Kim Ling Morris has a strong appreciation of elegant design and well-crafted work. Prior to coming to Cork, Kim-Ling had worked in ceramics in Paris and Lyon. After taking the textiles night class in the Crawford College of Art and Design, Kim-Ling joined the Cork Textiles Network, where she is currently the treasurer. Kim-Ling was one of three founding directors of Sample Studio, which is among the biggest artist-led studio groups in the country.

 

Starting off as treasurer from its inception in 2011, with her experience in engineering project management Kim-Ling has continued to guide its finances through its various challenges, such as the loss of premises and COVID-19. The sharing of passion and skills is what Kim-Ling believes makes work stronger, and she advocates for cross-group technical and peer support of all makers, particularly those emerging. Kim-Ling does not believe there is a line between art and craft, but a gradation.