Little Interview

Every month we ask the same set of questions to someone collaborating with us. Over the last two years, we have interviewed diverse members of the Glucksman community - artists, academics, staff members, guests, audiences and workshop participants. The responses are funny, inspiring, revealing and always a great read.

This month, we feature Ariane Tobin, celebrated Irish jewellery designer whose work features in the Glucksman's online shop

What are you reading?
I'm reading the latest book in The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher. Think wizards and beautiful, dangerous Sidhe and ordinary humans driven to heroic acts. Well written urban fantasy escapism! Bliss! 

Favourite museum? 
Well I always love a visit to the Glucksman of course, but as a craftsperson I absolutely love the Museum of Art and Design in New York. MAD has wonderful contemporary art, craft and design exhibitions, but I particularly love the drawers of contemporary jewellery placed under the main displays on the 1st floor where you can discover works by some of the biggest names and see them really up close. I have spent hours and hours looking through those drawers. 

Best performance? 
Ani DiFranco in Vicar Street, I was only about 3 meters from the stage! Ani is an American folk rock singer songwriter.  She has an incredible stage presence, no bells and whistles, just amazing music that I've been listening to for over 20 years.  

If you fancy a listen I recommend trying the "Living in Clip" album as a starting point.

Most treasured possession? 
I have many bits and pieces I love and treasure but if the house was burning to the ground I'd take our two dogs and the cat out and call it done. Things can be replaced and all my photos are in the cloud. 

Work(s) of art that inspire you? 
There are so many wonderful artists and works of art that inspire me, instead of choosing one ultimate piece, I'll share two that have been in my thoughts recently.
Ruudt Peters's Terram series - So much thought is woven into the making of these pieces about feet. I'd recommend reading about and looking at them on his website. https://www.ruudtpeters.nl/index.php?id=259

Louise Bourgeois - Spider (Cell) 1997 - I saw a retrospective of Bourgeois's work at MOMA, New York. The spiders featured in Bourgeois's work are an ode to her mother.  I find the themes of protection, imprisonment and family history in this particular piece fascinating. It's very compelling in person. 
https://www.moma.org/audio/playlist/42/684

Lightbulb moment? 
When I went to Art college over 20 years ago (damn!) we did a common first year and then you applied to move on to the area that appealed the most.  Each area would give presentations and you could choose two to spend a week in and see if that was where you wanted to go.  I distinctly remember Neil Reid giving a presentation on Ceramics, Glass and Metals.  It was the first time I had seen the work of Dale Chilhuly and that was it, I knew deep down I wanted to be a maker.  I didn't know the road would lead me to metals but I was on the path.  It was like being struck by lightning.

Guilty pleasure?
Playing Animal Crossing on my nintendo switch #lockdown2020

What would you like to be doing right now?
I miss gigs and live music so much. I would love to be at a rock gig, say, Rise Against, at the Academy in Dublin.  Surrounded by loads of sweaty people, all enjoying the music together, singing along and dancing.  It'll probably feel really, really weird when we can do this again!