Fiona Mulholland has over 20 years experience in the creative sector. As an interdisciplinary artist, she often uses a variety of media in her practice and has realised several large scale sculptural works, as well as participating in numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Fiona has had several solo exhibitions and has been the recipient of several funding and residency awards including from the Arts Council of Ireland. In 2011, she was awarded a residency at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre in the North West of Ireland, where she continues to be based.
Fiona began designing the Mulholland Jewellery collections in January 2014 and has since been successful in several highly competitive processes. Her work was selected for ‘Create – Irish Designers’ in 2014, hosted by the prestigious retail outlet, Brown Thomas. In January 2015 she was selected for the ‘Creative Island’ at Showcase, (Ireland’s Creative Expo) and she won a ‘highly commended award’ from the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland. In 2016, Fiona has since gone on to win several additional awards including ‘Irish Accessory Designer of the Year’ at the Irish Fashion Industry Awards, a Future Makers ‘Spotlight Award’ and the ‘Established Jewellery Category Winner’ at the RDS Crafts Awards and most recently in 2017, a Golden Fleece Award.
The inspiration behind Fiona’s ‘Glow’ and ‘Spectrum-diffusion’ collections focus on light, colour and pure form. They are a simultaneously sophisticated and funky fusion of innovative design thinking and traditional craftsmanship. Combining precious metals with layers of coloured Plexiglas to create modular units that fully exploit the luminosity of the material.
Fiona works primarily to commission to make bespoke and/or limited edition pieces.
Fiona Mulholland’s ‘Glow’ range of Plexiglas jewellery is uncompromisingly contemporary, but still rooted in traditional-making techniques. The natural edge of the Plexiglas refracts and filters like a futuristic, mongrel diamond” — Manchán Magan. (The Irish Times)