I am originally from County Sligo in the West of Ireland “Land of hearts desire” WB Yeats called it, but now live in Wales. I have been interested in photography since I was about 14. The first camera I used was a Kodak Brownie 127. At the age of 16 I acquired an Olympus OM10 which is of great sentimental value. I’ve always loved making ‘stuff’ and taking photos. I also used to dabble with an old Underwood typewriter and write plays and other ramblings. This has lead to a minor obsession with typewriters – I have a small collection of 6 typewriters.
Although my work is now primarily a mixture of print, photography and artists books, I have explored and experimented with several media before arriving at this point. My initial degree in Design facilitated this experimentation and also gave me a good training in the use of wood, plastic and metals in the making of objects.
I started working in print when I did my MA at UWE, Bristol. I did my first book binding course at UWE in 2006 and it has become a bit of an addiction. Making Artists Books satisfies my strong craft urges, while also allowing me to continue with print and photography.
Another course in home made rubber stamps lead to a secondary addiction. The process is very similar to lino printing but instead of cutting into lino you use a block of rubber and stamp the image by hand. You can see some images of the process here
I have always had an interest in birds and wildlife but this was strengthened by an experience with an abandoned gull chick that I ended up raising about 12 years ago. Birds started to appear in my artwork and soon they were everywhere! My favourite Emily Dickinson poem “Hope is thing the with feathers” become both my motto and my mantra.
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