The urban landscape has always been a theme in my print related artwork. Architectural structures no matter how mundane or irrelevant they are to strangers sometimes contribute to how we associate a certain location. “The town hall being over there” automatically makes you think of Dundalk, the pillars, the square, the trees outside. It’s probably the most familar location in town and features in most historical photos of Dundalk.
The town hall > Pillars > Square > A familar and common snapshot of Dundalk, a common association with Dundalk as a town.
I still have some t shirts available in my studio from The Printed Elk Collective of December of 2015. I still have some Rose and some Gorilla t shirts left available to buy. If you are interested, please contact me on my artist Facebook or if you are abroad, I also have a design available on my Etsy
The versatility of screen print has always been why I love it so much. My favourite thing about screen print as a medium is the transformative nature of it. Colour and visual impact is very important to me as an artist. I fundamentally believe you need to give people something to look at. I always like to focus on the visual.
Today I facilitated a workshop with students from St. Mary’s College (a school I attended myself) We printed t shirts and images. It was a very successful day and the class was very receptive and interested in screen printing. I hope some of what they’ve learned today comes in handy in the future. Happy to try and inspire a new generation of young artists! Well done, guys!
Following the centenery of the 1916 Rising, I have gained much inspiration for the information that has become readily available about these tumultuous periods in Irish history. As a Millennial Irish woman, the idea of being so passionate about your country that you will militarise is totally foreign to me. These women put themselves in great danger in order for the country to become the Republic it is today. Our realities couldn’t be more different and our struggles aren’t against a foreign influence any more but these individuals are part of our history and have informed how we identify ourselves as Irish people.
The three individuals pictured are Linda Kearns-McWhinney, Eithne Coyle and Mae Burke.The photo can be found on a few websites. The women were involved in both 1916 and the The War of Independence in the early 1920s.
The work above is a screen print in tones of green, grey and It is approximately 28 x 29 cm.
From April to the end of June, I will be Creative Spark’s latest artist-in-residence. I am very excited and honoured to be offered this wonderful big studio space all to myself in the coming months. Being a member of Creative Spark’s print studio for one year, I am very much aware of how this time can pass by very quickly. Therefore, I intend to get as much work done as I can within the time frame I am allocated. A residency was a daunting prospect to me at first as I had never done anything like this before. However, I am confident I can do Creative Spark proud. Our group exhibition will be September of 2016 and I am very much looking forward to the opportunity.