upcoming !!!!!!! (July5th-19th) *Solo Exhibition*

Life is supported in mysterious ways is my new solo show. It is an installation of drawings , ceramic pieces and a short video.The gallery showing my work is Talbot studios and Gallery Talbot Street Dublin. July 5th -July 19th. Please contact or message me via facebook for further details.
Thank you always for your interest in my work.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

April is here.

work is going well , I couldnt believe it when I saw these beautiful hellebores growing at the bas of a tree hidden away in our garden.I had forgotten about them , seems they only come up in shady areas , and so havent been able to show themselves in quite a few years, until the garden conditions were right. They look unreal , as if someone planted silk fake flowers in the ground.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Marching on dears through Marchness.


 detail on my market stall today (I will be there most saturdays now), selling my hats and clothes , a mixture of handmade and upcycled and all lovely.vintage china and printed ephemera and a range of cards featuring prints from my original drawings.come and visit , its a lovely market in Galway city.

pocket of my newly made skirt

Hello there :)  if you still come here.I am finding it hard at the moment to keep up online as my work
for my upcoming solo show and life in general is keeping me extremely challenged and busy. I post more frequently here and when I am able I will call back here if I have something worth sharing. I hope all the lovely people out there who have followed my blog and been so supportive and wonderful over the years......... will understand.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

February (my world within it)

remember me in love
pencil, coloured pencil and marker on antique cotton hanky
 detail of coat made for a dear friend this month
 in my studio 
 magical coat
 at my desk

1970's childs hanky and handmade dolls coat , bonnet , bag and ......purse ! (c.1930)
my treasures from a trip back to England this month

this is an old photo from our big snow of 2010

well , its still very cold and wild , but this morning I went out for a long walk with my beloved and our three dogs and on the strength of that went up town on my bike for the first time in AGES !!! gosh it felt good.
Here are some images from my world.
Just begining to get stuck in to my new work for a solo show to happen in July(details at a later date)
I will not be publishing online any of this new work, as I want it to be surprise when it is all installed together in the gallery.
I will continue to post up my world around and about the creation of it, also incidental drawings along the way !!
I would love to hear your comments and I intend to visit some of my favourite blogs and be a better commenter, like I used to be.
 ** a lovely video from a woman who has given me so so much and continues to be an inspiration and joy, thank you ms.K.B.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

I felt as if my heart would fall out in front of me it was so heavy, I held it in tight.
pen, coloured pencil oil pastel and transfer letters on found linen embroidery.
Jan 2014
view here

Sunday, January 12, 2014

my first post this new year , may we all be well.

hello everyone
......happy new year , or whatever you are having yourself.
Is it a continuium ? or do we really feel the need for these seasons and interludes and inbetween spaces , the old year the new year .....isn't it all the same thing really,I guess it just helps to break it down a little bit into days , weeks , months ...years.
 I am looking forward to getting back into my studio as this time of year I will not be distracted by going to the market every saturday(I am not there till mid march)
 So , now is the time to make my exhibition which is titled life is supported in mysterious ways.I am not sure if I can put any of it on here , maybe the stuff that surrounds it is okay , also updates will be on my facebook art page.It will be an installation featuring , drawings , hand made models and an animation of sorts(wish me luck , its badly needed) A lot of it is already started.

Happy dancing girl in the street so so sweet, thanks dear inspiring Lucy of Lucys Lounge for the link.
Heres a few things that make me very happy......
above 3 images 
1* my friends made me a crochet cushion (thanks Richael) and a blanket (thanks Pat) for christmas and my last weeks big birthday.I cannot stop looking and admiring them , they radiate with love for me.
2*friends are for me ,along with my close family , the glue that keeps me sane , together. This year more than most I have really felt the benefit of friends and know that I am very lucky.I spent a lovely day and night with some dear seldom seen but important friends between Christmas and the new year, this is the view from their window over to Knocknahur mountain from Rosses Point Sligo , it was cold wet and grey , but I felt safe and loved.
3*I love happy clashing colours and cheap trinkety jewels , these are some of mine , and I wear them most days , the only value they have is that they make me happy, they cost very little.
4* Leonora Carrington , the exhibition was superb, in Dublin at I.M.M.A and I was bought the catalogue as a gift , it is so amazing , I cannot bear to even peek inside (yet)
 5*my dear friend Richael , a princess in so many ways.
website / blog
 6* this is actually yesterday , not so you'd know that today ! as here in the West of Ireland we get a lot of fairly dramatic weather.Today it is dramatically cold , dark and wet.........yesterday however was truelly magical.I walked out further than normal over the bog with my 3 dogs , a whippet called Towser, a beddlington terrier Zara and their offspring my delight Maisie.We had such a lovely time , everywhere looked otherworldly in the extreme.
My middle daughter just told me that I could sink very easily in the bog , be swallowed up as there are holes that go on forever.So far I have been okay.
7* my Maisie,that is my favourite shawl,but because she is lying on it , I dont mind.
8*one of my re-made alchemy cardigans , which feature on my dear market stall. These cardigans are such a delight to me, as they make themselves , are very intuitive and people love them !! I get to use up all my scraps and collection of thrifted knitwear and the customer gets something with a sense of love and carefulness sewn into it , a recycled piece of clothing that makes sense in this crazy crazy world we are in.I am at my stall from mid march till Christmas.Contact me via email out of those times.

Friday, December 27, 2013

my visual poem part one

* my artists book Holding a Space which I made in June , I have hopes for its journey, it was accepted by jury for the Dublin Art Book Fair , in November at Temple Bar Art Galleries , that felt good.
* my altar with dear Ritvas precious Christmas card to me.
* I am going to use these found porcelaine roses somehow soon 
* my sideboard....... the drawing in the background is by my friend Denise Nestor

as the year draws to an end I pray for the courage to continue making my new work, that has taken me all year to verbalise in a literate format.NOW THAT IS DIFFICULT , it is so slow and seems to be invisable apart from  my few dear friends , this coming year I want my work to fly , fly away a little further , so I can see it from a distance, see it in another way , I want to make the work that is inside of me , whatever the acceptance or reception of it , its time has come and I have to believe this otherwise what else can I do , I can no longer keep it in.

my visual poem part two

* me looking into a glass dome of stuffed birds in Walter Sickerts painting ennui,but I am not bored , just meditating.
*I climbed into the window of a fascinating derelict house in Chapelizod village, this cat was part of a strange installation of fragments that was uncannily like something I would have put together myself.
*on St Stephens day (yesterday) a dry and bright day, me and my beloved went for a welcome cycle ride after the endless rain and gloom.
Here is a typically inventive Irish solution to the problem of a gap in the wall , fill it with a wreck of a stove , a cauldron and some ugly blocks ....whatever, whom am I to wonder.
*the outstanding highlight of my year was the freedom and inspiration I felt on the trip I made to Berlin with some friends , here am I in the appartment lost in a ** moment **

Friday, December 13, 2013

there is a bird in her heart

ink pen and acrylic on paper 2011

Grayson Perry talking candidly and inspiringly about being an artist and he also explores notions about contemporary art.He is adorable, both honest and clever and hilarious.
Treat yourself and listen to these famous B.B.C. Reith Lectures, I found them a great tonic (thanks Fee Bee for the tip xx)