Seliena Coyle is a jewellery designer, curator and educator with over 20 years experience in the field.
Seliena Coyle spent several years in the US studying and teaching, returning to Ireland in 2006 to take up the position of Head of Metals at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. Her workshop is based in Derry.
She has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally and participated in major international fairs including; SOFA Chicago, Chelsea Craft Fair(Origin) and IJL London.
She has recently curated several major contemporary craft projects including; CultureCraft - Culture in the Making in response to Derry being the inaugural UK City of Culture in 2013 and REclaim/REpurpose a major contemporary craft project funded through Derry City Council's Legacy Programme. This included a 3-week residency by US craft designer Boris Bally, an exhibition of international contemporary craft and several master-classes all taking place in the city.
Seliena Coyle has designed several ranges of commerical jewellery, marketed under the brand of MADEinCITY - a play on words relating to her home town of Derry, Northern Ireland, which has historically courted controversy with regards to it's name. Since the highly successful Year of Culture in 2013 the city has adopted several monikers, including her favourite 'Maiden City', so-called for the fact that it's walls were never breached during it's turbulent past.
Ranges include sterling silver and 18ct Vermeil jewellery (2013) as a response to the newly refurbished and re-branded Guildhall. The core design is based on the new logo and interpretation of the omnipresent window design of the building. Her REclaimed project started in 2012, exploring the potential of combining recycled materials with traditional jewellery techniques to create colourful fun brooches.