Drawesome meet-up

I'm not the only one doing graphic recording in Ireland - oh no! I'm lucky to be part of a group of visual practitioners called Drawesome or Dr. Awesome and we are nearly all women. This Saturday I'm delighted to be hosting the Drawesomers at my base Sample-Studios (I need to go hoover my studio!). I've ordered some rolls of paper and we're going to have a big drawing jam followed by dinner in my house. Yay! We also have serious things to discuss like getting ourselves organised and letting people know what we do. We have a website ready for ourselves www.drawesome.ie/. It's lovely to be part of a community of people who all do the same work, particularly as most of us work solo. We all have

Cruinniú na nÓg at Fernhill Park in Dublin

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown county council got me on board to do some graphic recording with a twist at their Cruinniú na nÓg event in the beautiful new Fernhill Park. Cruinniú na nÓg is a national festival of creativity for kids - what a super initiative! There were lots of fun interactive activities going on in the park as you can see on the illustrated map I created (I wish I got to see the Dinosaurs!). Part of my job was to gather feedback from the children about what was their favourite part of the festival. I provided paper cut-outs of families and the kids could colour in their own family and then use one of the speech bubbles to write about their favourite activity. I also invited the chi

Psyched again

I was asked to do another illustration for a poster for Cork Healthy Cities' Psyched campaign which promotes better mental health in workplaces. This illustration was designed to show people in lots of different jobs making small steps (even just saying hello!) to improve their mental health. I created this illustration using the IPad when I was still getting used to it. I'm happy with the interesting colour scheme and I'm glad to see that my drawing skills are ever improving phew!


Illustrations and graphic design for The Wheel's Community Matters campaign, which encouraged local and European election candidates to pledge to value and promote the contribution of the community and voluntary sector to Irish society if elected. It was nice to see my drawings on the Irish Times yay!

Traveller MABS illustrations

National Traveller MABS (Money Advice and Budgeting Service) works for the financial inclusion of Travellers in Ireland. When making a brochure to promote the services they offer they noticed that the clip art and stock images online that relate to money and budgeting really don't reflect Traveller culture or capture Traveller specific issues. That's where I came in. Working with Sian from Traveller MABS and in consultation with two groups of Traveller women, one from Clondalkin and one from Limerick, we designed a suite of bespoke illustrations that will hopefully help Travellers feel more comfortable and willing to use the services offered by MABS if they are experiencing financial difficu

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