Today I finally finished the mural in Mill Street, Callan, Co. Kilkenny on the hoarding around a derelict cottage.
Friday 18 September is Culture Night. I worked with the National Design & Craft Gallery in Kilkenny to develop self directed activities in the castlepark and a crafthunt in the rosegarden. I will also run a short online papercutting workshop at 17:00. Check the NDCG website to see their full Culture Night programme and to book your places.
I feel very honoured to be featured in the Typeface Design Issue of IdN, the International Magazine for Image-Makers and Graphic Designers, alongside beautiful work by 60 designers and studios from around the world. The two-page spread includes ‘The Pattern Exchange’, which I developed for Workhouse Union in 2015, and four other fonts.
I am delighted to be part of Connected, the Kilkenny Sculpture Trail curated by the National Design & Craft Gallery. Rise and Set can be seen in the Workhouse Square of the MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, 30 July- 20 October. Check out the NDCG website for a map of the trail and discover some beautiful sculptural works by 27 artists and 3 community projects in 21 locations. In the windows of the Hibernian Hotel are four papercuts I made with two groups of women from Open Circle in 2017.
My two entries for a competition to design a snail-inspired symbol for Slow Ways. Slow Ways will be a network of 7,000 walking routes that connect Great Britain’s towns and cities as well as thousands of villages. People will be able to use the Slow Ways to walk between neighbouring settlements or daisy-chain them for longer journeys.
COMPETITION: Guess the origin of each letter of this Irish Alphabet and win a screen printed poster.
I have posted a lot of my own fonts here over the years, but this is something different. Inspired by @studiorashkov, who did a wonderful ABC of letters from the city of Rotterdam, I created this Irish Alphabet. The letters were not designed by me, I merely gathered them from the corners of the internet and as a collection they celebrate the wealth of Irish design. Each letter represents an Irish organisation, company or place in the country. Mostly it is the first letter of their name, but in a few cases it is another notable letter from their identity. Find the names of the Irish organisations, companies and places represented by each letter of this alphabet. The alphabet will be screen printed as an A3 poster and the first person to guess and email me all letters correctly (or the person with most correct answers by the end of Sunday 12 July) will receive a copy of the poster in the post. The winner will be announced on Monday 13 July.
Thank you to Italian curator Valeria Ceregini, for including me in JournAll, her online art programme. JournALL offers its social media as a platform to showcase emerging and established artists across the world who may be struggling to promote themselves due to the rise of COVID-19. ‘In conversation with…’ is a video chat to connect artists at any stage of their career to talk about their experience and research. These interviews and performances want to give the resources to perform and react creatively at this crisis.
I was delighted to be asked by the Butler Gallery in Kilkenny to design a series of colouring sheets for all ages, based on works from their permanent collection. A lot of these works will be on display, when they move to their new building after the lockdown. All colouring sheets can be downloaded for free from the Butler Gallery website.
S is for Soon is my submission to Creatives Against Covid 19, a campaign calling on the creative industry to design and donate inspiring posters of hope, optimism and resilience on the theme of Soon. Social isolation during the coronavirus pandemic is more dangerous for women and children living in the reality of abusive relationships. My poster and more than 1000 others can now be purchased through the Creatives Against Covid 19 website, with all funds donated equally between ISPCC Childline and Women’s Aid. Posters are A3 and are made to order, printed by Hen’s Teeth. They are printed on gallery quality, fine art archival paper using giclée printing.
In early February I spend another week in Cill Rialaig, making lots of new work and meeting inspiring artists. A big thanks again to all the staff for all their time given to this wondeful place.