Super interview in this month's Totally Dublin (October 2017) with Jenny. Great support of Irish design and our jewellery.
GARB: JENNIFER KIERNAN by Sinead O'Reilly
"I started in textiles, but slowly realised that my home was in accessories."
It’s was more a case of organic growth, free from the bullshit of the boom, which led to Jennifer Kiernan, from Scribble and Stone, entering into the world of self-employment. “It was a tough time,” explains the designer. “I had gone back to university in Edinburgh to study fashion and came out just as the recession kicked off.” Not totally ideal but, with a background like Jennifer’s, not totally disastrous.
“After leaving school I studied Commerce in UCD and then went on to work in business. It wasn’t until a few years in that I got the itch to move on to something new.” Recalling the transition she says, “I started in textiles, but slowly realised that my home was in accessories. It’s what I really excelled at and enjoyed.”
This enjoyment was cultivated and built upon as Jennifer went to work for various designers and even dipped her toe into graphics following her graduation from Edinburgh. “Then the recession hit,” she says plainly, “so I organically became self-employed.”
Organics fuelled by optimism and a variety of optics, Jennifer started selling her craft from a stall in Cows Lane Market. Full interview here