Monday, October 24, 2011

New Ltd Edition Print

Ok so here's another new image I've been working on, its called 'Hen' surprisingly enough! :)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

New Ltd Edition Print

Hi everyone! Ok so have been busy with the pen and ink working on new illustrations. Here is one new image for Ltd. Edition Print called 'Rooster'. He is rendered in ink and I have added foliage and various vector elements to create something quirky and colourful.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mira Mira Sandymount

I love this shop and spent many a lunch hour browsing and rumaging when I worked in Sandymount. Its a gorgeous shop with all sorts of colourful treasures of the Fair Trade and organic persuasion. If you are looking for something unique and special and are in the Sandymount area get thee in there, you will not be disappointed! And you can now also buy my cards there! :) you can also shop online.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Early "The Big C" Offer

See I refuse to use the big 'C' word in October...however I would still like to present an early offer! So for a very limited time I will give one free 'C' card for every 3 'C' cards purchased! So if you purchase 3 you receive 4, if you purchase 5 you receive 6 and so on. This offer only applies to 'C' cards and is for a limited period.

Heres a taste...

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Beautiful Quote

"If someone could look at the earth from outer space, see how it rotated every twenty-four hours into the shadow of night, they would see millions, hundreds of millions, of incandescent bulbs light up nightly, glowing with white-hot tungsten, in the folds of that shadow–and know that man had finally conquered the darkness."

Oliver Sacks

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Ideas to promote your work - ILLUSTRATORS

Membership of the AOI is not mandatory to purchase a portfolio spot on their site, it is a little cheaper however the Standard portfolio is €113 for non-members and the Custom portfolio is €143.80 (For 1 year)

"AOI Portfolios have been developed by The Association of Illustrators (AOI) to promote illustration to the creative industries.

Launched in 2003, we currently feature around 10,000 illustrations by nearly 500 artists covering a broad spectrum of styles, techniques and specialisms. The Portfolios are managed by the individual artists themselves so the content is regularly changing as new images are added to the site."

They offer guidelines for commissions, introductions for newcomers and a spotlight feature.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Irish Design Shop

The Irish Design Shop aka Clare & Laura, have updated their web site to include lots more products (including a selection of cards from yours truely). It is clean, crisp and elegant

Here are some of my cards featured:

Monday, September 5, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


An inspirational project in Berlin...

Since June 2010, the Direktorenhaus is the new, central venue for Berlin’s design and art scene, where a simulation of a temporary Gesamtdesignwerk, the total artwork, can be explored. In the Direktorenhaus traditional art and craft methods are coupled with analogue technology and digital media, however they will not just be limited to their aesthetic values. Instead this is an experimental directive with social resonances. The Exhibitions at the Direktorenhaus play cat and mouse with preconceptions and break down the boundaries between art and design.


1. 9. 11.- 31. 3. 12.

Pascale Mira Tschäni & Michael Husmann Tschäni are based in Switzerland and both studied at the College of Art in Lucerne. They received further education at the National Institute of Design, India and a residency in Berlin. Since 2003 they have developed a unique collaborative style encompassing the world of painting, comics, illustration and installation and, recently, also performances from Mumbai to Melbourne. In fact they work backwards, painting in layers on the reverse of acrylic glass, using different materials, such as enamel, oil colour, watercolour, crayon, glitter and spray.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Italian language Designs

A selection of my cards are available in ITALEE 128 Oliver Plunket street, Cork. I have created an Italian language collection (translations are in Irish on the reverse of the cards) and they sit alongside the Irish language designs. All of my work is hand rendered in pen and indian ink, I add some colour digitally. If you fancy a treat and 'perfect' coffee...and you're in Cork...get over to ITALEE, you won't be disappointed!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Treasury

4 of the artifacts in the Museum's Treasury collection, hand rendered in pen and indian ink. These feature on a limited edition collection of cards and a limited edition box set (Only 100) in the Museum on Kildare street. For the collectors out there, a limited edition number of Glicée prints of these illustrations will be available in the Museum shop very soon. For more information see

Friday, June 17, 2011

New Illustration and card design...

Ok so it hasn't been printed yet, but this is the latest addition to my Irish language collection.
'Comhairdeachas!' translates as 'Congratulations!'
And what better to say that with than a strawberry shortcake?! I like cake! :)

The National Gallery Bookshop

Selection of cards available in The Irish Design Shop pop-up in The National Gallery Bookshop... :)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Irish Design Shop at NGI

The ultra talented ladies, Clare & Laura of the Irish Design Shop have taken up residence in the National Gallery bookshop. I've been in today to check how its going and it really does have the wow factor. Products include ceramics, candles, prints, jewellery, textiles, illustrated cards - including a selection from yours truely and limited edition mugs. It is well worth a browse. All of the products are created by Irish artists.

Thursday, June 2, 2011


I am as lovely as a dream in stone;
My breast on which each finds his death in turn
Inspires the poet with a love as lone
As everlasting clay, and as taciturn.
Swan-white of heart, as sphinx no mortal knows,
My throne is in the heaven's azure deep;
I hate all movement that disturbs my pose;
I smile not ever, neither do I weep.

Before my monumental attitudes,
Taken from the proudest plastic arts,
My poets pray in austere studious moods,

For I, to fold enchantment round their hearts,
Have pools of light where beauty flames and dies,
The placid mirrors of my luminous eyes.

Charles Baudelaire

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Afternoon Song

Though your wicked eyebrows call
Your nature into question
(Unangelic's their suggestion,
Witch whose eyes enthrall)
I adore you still
O foolish terrible emotion
Kneeling in devotion
As a priest to his idol will.
Your undone braids conceal
Desert, forest scents,
In your exotic countenance
Lie secrets unrevealed.
Over your flesh perfume drifts
Like incense 'round a censor,
Tantalizing dispenser
Of evening's ardent gifts.
No Philtres could compete
With your potent idleness:
You've mastered the caress
That raises dead me to their feet.
Your hips themselves are romanced
By your back and by your breasts:
By your languid dalliance.
Now and then, your appetite's
Uncontrolled, unassuaged:
Mysteriously enraged,
You kiss me and you bite.
Dark one, I am torn
By your savage ways,
Then, soft as the moon, your gaze
Sees my tortured heart reborn.
Beneath your satin shoe,
Beneath your charming silken foot.
My greatest joy I put
My genius and destiny, too.
You bring my spirit back,
Bringer of the light.
Exploding color in the night
Of my Siberia so black.

Charles Baudelaire

Rainer Maria Rilke, To Lou Andreas-Salome

To Lou Andreas-Salome
I held myself too open, I forgot
that outside not just things exist and animals
fully at ease in themselves, whose eyes
reach from their lives' roundedness no differently
than portraits do from frames; forgot that I
with all I did incessantly crammed
looks into myself; looks, opinion, curiosity.
Who knows: perhaps eyes form in space
and look on everywhere. Ah, only plunged toward you
does my face cease being on display, grows
into you and twines on darkly, endlessly,
into your sheltered heart.

As one puts a handkerchief before pent-in-breath-
no: as one presses it against a wound
out of which the whole of life, in a single gush,
wants to stream, I held you to me: I saw you
turn red from me. How could anyone express
what took place between us? We made up for everything
there was never time for. I matured strangely
in every impulse of unperformed youth,
and you, love, had wildest childhood over my heart.

Memory won't suffice here: from those moments
there must be layers of pure existence
on my being's floor, a precipitate
from that immensely overfilled solution.

For I don't think back; all that I am
stirs me because of you. I don't invent you
at sadly cooled-off places from which
you've gone away; even your not being there
is warm with you and more real and more
than a privation. Longing leads out too often
into vagueness. Why should I cast myself, when,
for all I know, your influence falls on me,
gently, like moonlight on a window seat.

Translated by A. Poulin

Friday, May 27, 2011

Terrible Beauty

Welcome to the theme bar
I’m Seamus Station
I’m the boss
Come on in
Tourist or refugee
Hear the blarney
And the goosesteps
In synchronicity
Fancy a Joyce walk
Or a talk on O’Casey
By the Abbey
Where we spat in his well
A very popular site
In our virtual hell
I invented a culture
Drank it dry
Dug up the dead
Drained the maggots from their head
Dressed them up in ringlets
And called it dancing
Traditional historical hysterical
I’m building a hotel
On the hill of Tara
Landscape gardens
Artificial lakes
And I’m buying back the snakes
I’m cutting the drive
Through the ancient oaks of the Celt
Cos there’s nothing like ripping off yourself
And I’m all speeded up
And the gravy train has run amok
And there’s no level crossing
And me head keeps turning and tossing
In porter and fear
And I can’t forget O’Casey
Sure there’s no prostitutes here

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Carnal apple, Woman Filled, Burning moon,

Carnal apple, Woman filled, burning moon,
dark smell of seaweed, crush of mud and light,
what secret knowledge is clasped between your pillars?
What primal night does Man touch with his senses?
Ay, Love is a journey through waters and stars,
through suffocating air, sharp tempests of grain:
Love is a war of lightning,
and two bodies ruined by a single sweetness.
Kiss by kiss I cover your tiny infinity,
your margins, your rivers, your diminutive villages,
and a genital fire, transformed by delight,
slips through the narrow channels of blood
to precipitate a nocturnal carnation,
to be, and be nothing but light in the dark.

Pablo Neruda

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The National Gallery

So perserverence, a little luck and the right people - the lovely Clare & laura at the Design Shop on Bow Lane - my illustrated cards will finally be on sale in the National gallery. The Design Shop duo will have a pop up shop in the National Gallery bookshop for the month of June. If you haven't been to their shop yet, it is well worth a visit check them out on its a treasure trove of delights. So if you are around Clare street, over the month of June do pop into the gallery bookshop, if you do purchase something from the girls you will be buying something handcrafted and supporting local myself!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Boxed up!

Hi all! What a fabulous sunny day!

I am searching for a box maker/supplier...preferably in Ireland. Does anyone know any box makers?
If so I would appreciate their details!

All the best