the cult of smallness...


Considering that I still have the studs in that my ears were re-pierced with last year, I have a bit of a cheek to be posting about earrings right now. But I can’t help myself.

I am especially smitten with the creations of Grainne Morton.

These truly are wearable treasures…


Grainne has amassed an incredible collection of objects - all destined to find their place among the tales she weaves within her jewelled compositions. Born and raised in Northern Ireland, by creative and antique-loving parents, Grainne was immersed in and surrounded by the traditional Crafts, Folklore, Music and Fairy Tales of the country.  All at once vintage and contemporary, precious and non-precious, spontaneous and ordered, junk and treasure...

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Each piece, carefully choreographed, the arranging and re-arranging of little objects, and precious things, moved and re-placed until they establish a relationship to each other. And tell a story to the viewer. 

Moving to Edinburgh, Scotland, in the late eighties to study at Edinburgh College of Art was the jump off point for Grainne to become an avid collector of antiques and ephemera. When her parents visited her in Edinburgh, they would go on antique-buying trips for their shop at home in Northern Ireland, and Grainne would tag along. Her collections became her inspiration, and her inspiration became her work.


If you are hankering for some small treasure of your own, have a prowl around her online shop

Queen Marie