Showing posts with label Grainne Maher. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Grainne Maher. Show all posts

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Creative Industries Conference Speaker Profiles

Our free Creative Industries Innovation conference is tomorrow, Wednesday 2nd March, so we have decided to include two speaker profiles today.

Creative Industries Innovation
Date: Wed 2nd March
Time: 9am - 4pm
Venue: Sonic Arts Research Centre
Cost: Free! Book now.

Picture by Anna Wotjun

Speaker Profile: Grainne Maher, Grainne Maher Millinery

Gráinne Maher, creates bespoke headwear, including couture hats, fascinators, tiaras and corsages. She also reworks and remodels vintage headpieces under the design label Pluck & Devour. Working from her home studio at Ravenhill, Belfast, Gráinne produces sophisticated pieces using classic shapes, hand-dyed feathers and antique embellishments. She also experiments with avant-garde styling and modern materials to achieve statement pieces that are not for the fainthearted.

Grainne Maher

After studying Music at Queen’s, Gráinne moved to Devon where she undertook a scholarship funded PhD at Dartington College of Arts researching the effect of corsetry and other body manipulating costume on the voice. This led to an increasing interest in fashion and ultimately to a period of study in Dublin on a range of millinery techniques. Having worked for many years as an artist in various disciplines; including performance art and installation, and with a background in fashion and consumer PR, Gráinne Maher brings together an array of interests and inspirations that feed her work.

To read more about Grainne’s background check out her interesting interview with the Belfast Telegraph here. Her website is located at

Speaker Profile: Dougal Sheridan, LiD Architects

LiD Architecture is an award winning architecture, urban design, and landscape practice engaged in practice, research and teaching, founded by Deirdre McMenamin and Dougal Sheridan. Their projects and academic publications are focussed on the application of landscape strategies in Architecture and Urbanism, and Critical Theory in relation to the appropriation of urban space.

Bird Watching Centre by LiD Architects

Dougal Sheridan is a Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Design, University of Ulster, Belfast and both principles are Visiting Fellows at the University of Queensland Australia, and work with the Building Initiative Research Group. Their work as architects, researchers and curators spans locations ranging from rural Ireland and New Zealand to the urban contexts of Belfast, Manchester, and Berlin and most recently in their competition-winning proposal for Dublin Docklands New Civic Square.

For more information on LiD Architects visit

And that concludes our speaker profile series for the Creative Industries Innovation Conference. We hope you enjoyed the quick snapshot we provided of our guest speakers each day and would like to hear your thoughts on the profile series! Should we do it again? What would you like to see added to the profiles in future?

Book now for your last chance to get a free place at tomorrows conference!