Thursday, December 17, 2009


This is my submission to the This Is Not A Shop Christmas Art Fair, which is running until Saturday 19th. There's a great mix of stuff this year, check it out while it lasts!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Claire's Card

This is the card I did for my friend Claire's birthday, a big c made up from stuff she likes.

Darkly Dreaming

Have been catching up on the show Dexter, the Miami PD forensic detective who is also a serial killer in his spare time. It can be a bit cheesy & formulaic at times but I'm still kinda hooked! Plus it has a great opening title sequence by Digital Kitchen that manages to get across all the dark violent undertones of the show by showing his daily morning routine. The way it's edited, by cutting frames here & there and changing the speed of the film really gives an uneasy feel to it and the way they manage to make cooking breakfast & getting dressed look violent is genius! I can't eat bacon & eggs anymore without thinking of this!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Some Blind Alleys

I recently won a competition to design a banner and a few other buttons for Some Blind Alleys, an online journal of contemporary Irish writing and visual art. I wanted to create something clean, impactful & colourful and I wanted to keep it typographic, as the blog is the meeting point of writing and visual art, so the type becomes the image. I added the texture of paper in the background to give it a more tactile feel as if the shapes had been overprinted, allowing the colours to overlap. Simplifying the letterforms to their basic geometric shapes has been done countless times going back as far as the Bauhaus & probably even before that, and the resurgence of '80's fashion and design has seen these sort of typefaces become popular again with designers like Hort and Non-Format, so I'd been looking for an opportunity to have a go at something like this.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Safari tee

This is a tshirt I designed while working for Just Jeans when I was living in Melbourne. Melbourne is one of the coolest cities to live in in the world (even though I haven't lived in that many of them) pity it's on the other side of it!

Thanks to Buck for modelling it...he's so dreamy!

Christmas Monster

This is a Christmas Monster that I doodled a couple of years ago! I came across it again randomly today so here it is.


Haven't posted in a while cos I've been working late at work pretty much every night for the last 2 weeks - boo - but here's the card I did for my Granny's 91st birthday at the weekend.

Friday, November 13, 2009


I wanted to do something different than a regular card for my friend Sabrina's birthday so I drew onto a tshirt with a fabric marker. The cats are based on illustrations by Gemma Correll and I added a few more of my own in her style. I like the wee guy hanging out on the back!

(ps. sorry the pic is so crappy, I only took a photo with my phone for some reason)

Easter Birthday Card

My sister Áine's birthday fell around Easter weekend this year so I did a birthday & Easter card in one featuring some springtime flora & fauna making a giant negative egg.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Today's post is brought to you by the number 4 and the number 0!

Belated Happy Birthday to Sesame Street, which turned 40 yesterday. Sesame Street & the muppets were a huge influence on me growing up from the colours & designs to their humour & trippy animations. What better way to celebrate than Feist's Sesame Street version of 1,2,3,4! (I love the way she gets excited at the end cos she got it right in one take)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


This is the mask I made for the Tinderbox Mask party (and then also recycled for Halloween!)

D.o.G. R.i.P.

This is the sisterpiece to dogface. I got commissioned to do a portrait of a friend's dog who had died. Then they got me to do one of their new dog, maybe so he wouldn't get jealous.

Thursday, November 5, 2009


That last post sounded a bit waffly so here's a pic to support my ramblings!

Wedding Card

This is the Congrats card I did for my aunty for her wedding.
She had it in Malcesine on Lake Garda in Italy which is gorgeous, the mountains behind the lake fade into misty nothingness so it seems like there's no horizon and nothing beyond, as if you're at the edge of the world.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Christmas cards

I know it's a bit early to be bringing up the "C" word yet but here's a couple of card designs I did for the charity Link. The first is a papercut, the second is a heavily Sanna Annukka influenced illustration.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Ciara's card 09

I found 17 a hard age to do a birthday card for, can't go too kiddy and they're still a year away from official adultdom so I decided to do something that was more grown up but still young & cool. I used different types of metallic and handmade papers and based the design on an illustration by Kirsten Ulve (who I've been meaning to post about for ages)

3D card

This is the card I did for my lil sis's 16th. I'd seen this style done a few times and thought it looked really cool so decided to give it a go. I made all the bits and then lit it and photographed it.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Did a screenprint weekend a while ago so decided to do a Sanna Annukka inspired owl for my mammy.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Uchoose characters

These are characters I designed for an online price comparison site Uchoose. The idea is that they are your own personal shoppers for each section on the site with their own personality suited to the area they specialise in. These were quite fun to do as I based some of them on film characters or celebrities, like the slick sales guy (3rd from left) is based on Christian Bale from American Psycho and the travelling thrill seeker (2nd last) is a mix between Matthew McConnaughey and Owen Wilson!


My friend commissioned me to do a drawing of her new nephew and his dad as a present from her for his christening. Probably the best drawing I ever drawed!

Good Luck!

My sister went teaching in Uganda for 6 weeks last summer. This was her Good Luck card, more of a papercut collage than a straight up papercut but it's another nice way of working.


This is a commission I did for a friend of mine of their dog. I did the drawing in 3 stages over the course of 3 evenings, I usually start with the eyes and work out from there. This is after the second evening but I actually like it more than the finished version.


A card for my friend & flatmate Emma's birthday. (See a theme developing here?! I like to use birthday cards as a way to explore a new idea cos they force me to finish them in time!) Inspired by ET & the fact that Emma is a big bikehead! (That's our house down below!)

Dad's Card

This is a card I did for my dad's birthday. He likes gardening. I also wanted to practice more overlapping and interconnecting elements cos I think the real beauty of papercuts is the intricacy between the positive and negative areas.

My First Papercut

This is the first papercut I did as an invitation for my mam's 50th. I had been a fan of Rob Ryan's style for a while so decided to give it a try, how hard could it be? ....very!


This is a papercut I did for my friend Dorothee's birthday and was heavily influenced by Elsita's series of papercuts called Old Soul Girls except with the Wizard of Oz contained in Dorothee's dress. I had originally planned to have loads more characters & scenes from Oz but it would have made the piece too large so I just stuck to the main characters & the Emerald City.


Spent the last couple of days hanging frames and getting everything ready for the Storytelling exhibition in ThisIsNotAShop. Everything's looking good, can't wait for the grand opening extravaganza tomorrow!

Sunday, October 18, 2009


this is my last minute attempt at a blog so I can have something to link to from the Tinderbox Storytelling exhibition.
I'll put some stuff up in a min...