Grant’s Story at Sea…
Grant’s story began as he grew up around boats on the Irish Sea & Shannon Lakes. He was also lucky enough to travel the world on the then Irish Sail Training Vessel, Asgard II, initially as a Trainee and latterly as Bosun.
On his return to Dublin, he set up Safewater Marine Services providing clients with professional boat maintenance and repair to full refits.
Grant’s story as a Designer & Sculptor in Dublin…
Grant has always been inspired by high levels of craftsmanship and has been drawn to beautifully made pieces that are, not just good to look at, but have a useful purpose which should be used in an everyday setting. Grant Designs, established in 2017, was the natural progression.
“Expertise & experience are different. I have learnt from experts, but have also built my own skills & experience through practice & experiment. I try to bring this through in my craft, as each new design brings a new challenge which I relish”
Grant is always comfortable with a nautical theme.
“I always enjoy working with sail shapes, like my Zanzibar & Skyline yacht models. I also design Sculptures with leaf and organic shapes. Leaves are like miniature sails and, once I visualise how the wind is going to move something, I can see it come to life”
As a Sculptor in Dublin, Grant has exhibited at Sculpture in Context in the National Botanic Gardens Dublin with Copper in Flame in 2018, Still Leaf in 2019, Release at the SIC virtual exhibition in 2020, Seedling in 2021 and Releaf & East Wind in 2022
He also exhibited at The Secret Garden Exhibition at Grennan Mill Thomastown Summer 2021 and Art Source RDS, Dublin November 2021 & 2022.
Grant has designed & handcrafted the Perpetual & Individual Trophies for the Royal Cork Yacht Club Tricentennial Celebrations in 2021.
The 505 World Championship Prizes for the Royal Cork Yacht Club 2022
The Prix d’Elegance Perpetual Trophy for Volvo Cork Week 2022
The WAVE 2022 Awards for Howth Yacht Club as Presentation Gifts to the Regatta Sponsors.
The Irish Sailing Trophies for the Youth National Championships at Ballyholme Yacht Club in 2022
Private Commissions include Corporate Service Awards, Private Sculptures & Garden Art.
“Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort”