Fundraising project for Breast Cancer Awareness month.
"1 in 9 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime in Ireland. 680 pass away annually. When we talk about those who grapple with breast cancer, we take for granted just how much of a fight goes in. This project is a celebration of all the incredible women who battled (and are still battling) breast cancer. "
Warrior-esses is a limited edition linocut and letterpress print: hand-drawn, handcut, (type) handset and handprinted in the Distiller's Press at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. It depicts four of the greatest warrior-esses in history and pop culture: Countess Markievicz, Wonderwoman, Joan of Arc and Athena.
Prints were sold online at warrior-esses.com. All proceeds from sales went to Breast Cancer Ireland. All prints were sold and raised €2.600.
My submission to Someone You Love, a pro-choice poster exhibition at the Copper House Gallery on October 13, 2016. This is an actual response from Angela MacNamara, Ireland's revered agony aunt in 1969, when a young unmarried woman wrote in for advice about her crisis pregnancy. (Hint: the services in this country are not excellent). All proceeds from poster sales from the show went to Ireland's Abortion Support Network in light of the Repeal the 8th campaign.
As part of my degree project, Help! I have a desperate problem, I decided to build an interactive installation. Viewers and passersby were prompted to take a pre-stamped and addressed envelope from this letterbox's shelf, containing an actual Agony Aunt question from either 20th Century Ireland or the contemporary. They were then prompted to respond to the question with advice as they saw fit. In an attempt to compare answers and attitudes, all answers were scanned in and uploaded to a Tumblr, where visitors can also view the accompanying film and read the accompanying books.
A series of five booklets, based on dimensions of actual magazines of the 60s, 70s and 80s, containing Agony Aunt questions and answers according to their subject matter. The issues are chronological, according to when in a woman's life she would ask these questions. Each booklet includes a serious contemporary essay by Irish female writers Grainne Maguire, Louise O' Neill, Norma Costello, Teresa Coyne and Una Mullally. They also include "interjections", handwritten quotes from the interviewees in the accompanying film. Full chapters are available to read on Issuu.
A short film in which ten Irish women of ten different ages and backgrounds spoke about their experiences growing up. This film was made in conjunction with "Help! I have a desperate problem", which uses Agony Aunt letters of old to highlight the culture of shame women inhabit in Ireland. Real Agony Aunt questions from the 60s, 70s and 80s were posed to the interviewees. Their responses can be seen on Instagram.
The primary typographic element of my ISTD Submission. The project’s aim is to highlight the changing nature of Ireland’s turbulent relationship with homosexuality. A big factor in this relationship during the 20th Century was the Catholic Church. With the passing of the 2015 Marriage Referendum, Ireland saw a significant transition from these ‘dark ages’. Who better to show this transition than Panti Bliss (Rory O’Neill), the most loved drag queen in the country? She herself even got a copy. The project is named Karol & Rory because Pope John Paul II’s birth name is Karol, and Panti’s real name is Rory. This is a play on words as well as a tongue-in-cheek reference to marriage. The book is in two halves: a classic “prayerbook” style half which tells the story of Pope John Paul’s visit to Ireland, and a more zany, outrageous half, which recounts Panti’s Noble Call to the reader. The book itself is bound to look like a small bible, which is to be placed on the bedside locker in an experiential exhibition.
Exhibition design: one half of a typographic interpretation of Panti Bliss' anecdote of Pope John Paul II coming to Knock, Co. Mayo in 1979. I designed it alongside the text of Panti's famous 2014 speech in the Abbey Theatre, "The Noble Call". The viewer was invited to 'root around' the bedroom, where in the drawers they would find various items that nods to either Catholic Ireland or the sexed-up world of drag. The other half of this project, a book entitled "Karol & Rory", which resembles a small Bible, was placed on the bedside locker. Viewers were invited to read. As the exhibition is experiential, it alternates between a quiet evening before bed in rural Ireland and a drag disco, complete with disco lights and Donna Summer music. I wanted to juxtapose the two worlds of 1979 Ireland, where we worshipped the Pope; and gay and drag culture, which has been welcomed more and more in contemporary Ireland as the Church's influence wanes.
A commissioned edition of linocut prints depicting the seven signatories of the 1916 Rising. Finished off with letterpress dates, reading "1916 - 2016", the print shows the signatories in front of a contemporary Dublin skyline. There are only 36 prints in existence.
Various linocut prints, all completed in Distiller's Press, NCAD, Dublin.
2015 Poster Exhibition with my class following a trip to Berlin. I decided to illustrate my personal four days' experience there.