Gunilla Andersson, whose photograph features on the cover of Kevin's latest book, has made some jewellery – brooches, earrings, and necklaces - featuring lines from Kevin’s poems. This jewellery is now on sale, with 100% of the proceeds going to Galway Cope Homeless Services. Below is a short artistic statement from Gunilla about the jewellery.
“On a misty day just before Christmas 2019 at the shores of Lake Vanern in Sweden inspiration struck. It was one of those magical days when everything is beautiful and wherever you swing your camera there is a Hallmark moment, only grey and dreary, drizzling with fog. Later, during the Covid lockdown, some of the pictures got a digital transformation and I worked them into brooches, necklaces and earrings.
I met Kevin at a poetry reading in a wine cellar in Galway late 90s when I was spending a summer working with Macnas, preparing for the Arts Festival. We have been friends ever since and somehow now was the time for a collaboration. He needed a cover picture for his latest poetry bundle and I suggested randomly adding his words to my pictures, printing them out, and cutting them up to see what happened. This jewelry is the result.”
Gunilla Andersson was born in Sweden. Exploring art and different techniques, she realized that theatre was the right direction for her to pursue. She spent a lot of time in her 20s in the Kinnegad area of County Westmeath, where she found her big love and worked as a waitress at Mother Hubbards. She collaborated with a number of different theatre companies in Sweden, later studying at Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. For the past 20 years she has lived in Amsterdam where she has her own décor studio and works with theatres, museums, on film and other arts events.
We are selling each brooch, necklace, and pair of earrings for €20.This offer is specifically available to those in Galway and surrounding counties as you must contact Kevin on 087-6431748 to make an appointment to choose and collect your favourite necklace, pair of earrings, or brooch. As well as being something you might wear, these could become collector's items for poetry afficionados.
To purchase a piece of the jewellery, and a copy of Kevin's book see below. You will receive the book in the post but should arrange collection of the jewellery with Kevin on 087-6431748.