Vanessa launched her business early 2020, on the cusp of the pandemic. Unfazed, knowing there was little she could do about these macro issues, Vanessa carried on. She was committed to her philosophy of creating statement, meaningful jewellery for women to feel empowered, embracing their own unique style.
With nearly 20 years in the creative advertising industry, Vanessa re-appraised her life and decided to throw herself into her real passion - contemporary concept jewellery. Having learned her skills at both NCAD and then the School of Jewellery, Ireland under the tutelage of Paul Coyne, Vanessa launched her jewellery brand 'Vanessa Ree' specialising in contemporary, handcrafted concept jewellery.
As a strong and brave woman, Vanessa believes in writing your own life's story. That is what motivated her to change career and launch an original Irish jewellery design brand. It is also what motivates her design style. Her work reflects themes that are relatable for modern women in all their guises, in particular her Adversity and Independence Collections.
Vanessa firmly believes in a concept first approach when it comes to her collections and then works out how to create, craft and refine each piece. That is more exciting and sets the designer and the brand apart from the norm. Using a variety of precious metals and alternative materials, Vanessa combines traditional handcrafted techniques with modern product design to create what she calls 'wearable art'. Her work is the antithesis of Fast Fashion - her pieces are made from recycled and materials and are made to last.
I design my jewellery to reflect a personal meaning for the wearer, one from which they can draw strength and feel like they are wearing something beautiful that reflects their personality.
Why 'Ree'? Because very few people can spell 'Murtagh' correctly and Ree reflects her favourite place, Lough Ree, on the river Shannon.
Vanessa originally hails from Athlone, but always embraced new challenges and adventures including a stint living solo in Italy in her 20s and travelling the world in 2006 with her now husband. She now lives in Co. Kildare, Ireland where she is surrounded by her men - her husband, two sons and dog, Henry. She embraces her own flexible working style that allows for creativity and quality time with her sons - as she says 'they're only on loan to me' then they'll be making their own way in life and I will know I've taught them the power or pursuing a dream, being your own boss and defining your own path in life.