Kilkenny Catwalk is a trail of 21 sculptures painted by local artists. The 5ft fibreglass resin model is based on Pangur Bán, a character from Cartoon Saloon’s first feature animation ‘The Secret of Kells’. The project is a partnership between Kilkenny Civic Trust and Kilkenny County Council. The trail will be launched on 10 October 2021 and remain in place until Easter 2022. The trail is designed to immerse people in Kilkenny’s rich heritage while at the same time supporting the Keep Well Campaign. At the conclusion of the project, all artwork will be auctioned to raise funds for the St Mary’s Almshouses refurbishment project.
I painted the Age Friendly Cat following a series of online workshops promoted by the Older Peoples Council. Through the medium of papercutting, participants explored positive and negative space, colour, pattern and all things Kilkenny. The rich collection of papercuts that developed over a couple of months, became an integral part of the cat design. Early on, one of the workshop participants proposed that the Age Friendly Cat should be a celebration of creativity in older age. Big thanks to the workshop participants: Eimear Burke, Mary Colclough, Bryan Culley, Janice Culley, Joan Fogarty and Mari O’Shea.
I feel very honoured to have had a large sculptural papercut in ‘Conjuring Form’, the Design and Crafts Council Ireland Portfolio Critical Selection 2021-2022 exhibition in Doneraile Court, Co. Cork. It was curated by Alice Stori Liechtenstein.
I am delighted to have a painting in the Scoop Art Auction 2021. Bidding and live broadcast via the invaluable.com platform and streamed from the Copperhouse Gallery in Dublin on 23, 24, 25 and 26 April.
SCOOP believes in supporting and educating the next generation, especially displaced children and young adults abroad and in Ireland who are suffering through no fault of their own.
This year’s Art Auction is raising funds to support the delivery of SCOOP Ed to young Internally Displaced People (IDP’s) living in camps in Iraqi Kurdistan and refugees living in Direct Provision in Ireland.
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.
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.
I was so happy when Facebook let me draw on the walls of their new offices in Dublin last June. Thanks again to all at FB AIR Program for making it happen and to Arcade Film for documenting it.
Typodarium is a 365 day tear-off calendar with a fresh font for every day by 244 Designers from 33 countries. It includes three of my fonts: Madagascar (Tuesday 7 April), Planetarium (Monday 20 July) and Breach (Saturday 24 October). Typodarium 2020 is compiled by Lars Harmsen and Raban Ruddigkeit and published by Verlag Hermann Schmidt. It shows a bi-scriptual font family every Sunday in addition to typedesign from all over the world. There are differences between Arabic and Hebrew, Japanese and Latin, but visually also many similarities. Communication overcomes boundaries and communication needs writing. Typodarium 2020 celebrates the colorful diversity of typefaces.