My name is Irene Greenberg and for as long as I can remember two things have been at the core of who I am: horses draw me like magnets, and I love to create with my hands. It’s taken a long time, but the two have finally come together and found expression in Eye Gee Designs.
I don’t know where my passion for horses came from. No one in my family rode. There were no farms where I grew up. Yet I remember being very young and the electric thrill of riding the mechanical horse outside Woolworths 5¢ & 10¢ store. I got older and graduated to real horses, and as an adult finally got one of my own. Ultimately I found, in dressage, a lifelong pursuit that offers transcendent moments when I feel my horse and I are one, which is even better than my childhood fantasies.
My creative side is probably inherited. Whatever the source, I have always been good with my hands and like nothing better than getting lost for hours in creative projects. Over the years I’ve done traditional silver work, industrial welding, leaded stained glass, print making, beadwork, calligraphy, sewing, quilting, crewel embroidery, knitting, drawing, painting, mosaics, upholstery, and mixed media collage.
The idea for Eye Gee Design was born when I first heard about a new product called silver clay. What fired my imagination was the ease with which textures can be created in clay compared with traditional silverwork techniques. At that moment I saw the possibility of creating a line of equestrian jewelry that conveyed the horses’ magnetic appeal. Soon after I began working with silver clay I took a course in specialized fused glass techniques which dovetailed perfectly with what I was to doing, expanding the range of possibilities even more.
As you will see, my designs are strongly influenced by equestrian art from the days when horses were still part of everyday life. I am drawn to Greek and Roman art, 17th century etchings, folk art, vintage silhouettes, Chinese paintings and other antique images of horses.
What else can I tell you? I live in southeast New Hampshire with my husband, Brian, a white boxer named Leo, and a few miles away from Rigaudon (aka Tony) my Hanoverian schoolmaster.
Thank you for visiting!