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September Artist of the Month

Meet Picture Book Queen, Sheena Dempsey, our September Artist of the Month. Sheena shares with us a refreshingly honest and insightful journey into her practice as a best selling picture book illustrator. Sheena took my class around 7 years ago as far as I remember....she was an outstanding student. When did you first ‘feel’ like an artist? I don’t usually use the word ‘artist’ to describe myself but I started feeling like a proper illustrator (that is saying it without…

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How My Other Half Lived… The Secrets of a 1980s Knitwear Designer EPISODE TWO

So, roll on to the year 1986.  I began a my own Knitwear Design Company. No training in fashion college, just an instinct and an eye for colour, shape and design.  I subscribed to all the top knitwear design industry magazines, and got my self the woolmark symbol licence.  Lainey Keogh was flying, why shouldn't I? So with a new knitting machine, wool from France, and a head full of designs, I knit my first collection of samples and hit…

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How My Other Half Lived… The Secrets of a 1980s Knitwear Designer

It all began when I was 9. My Mother bought a KH800 Brother Knitting Machine on HP and we all quickly learned the ropes! She took on her first order from Daydream Children's Knitwear, on South William Street in Dublin in 1971. I was with her at the time and I was in shock when she told the boss that she had a dozen knitters lined up. She took an order worth £1,000  with a deadline of 2 weeks...hundreds of…

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Bank Holiday Sunday Morning

This morning I set my desk up in the kitchen. The reason is that I need to keep all  sides of my working and personal life separate: A. All of the daily tasks to do with running a successful private art school, including lesson plans, answering course queries, banking, updating my website, social media, applying for shows, art competitions and call for entries to participate globally in the world of art and illustration. To name but a few B. All…

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August Artist of the Month

Meet Liz Rackard, our August Artist of the Month. Liz shares some insights and secrets of her arts practice. When did you first feel like an artist? I loved drawing and colouring as a child so I decided I was going to be an artist or work in a kennels (I loved dogs too). Do you have a ‘day job’? Yes I work as an art therapist with children mainly but with teens and adults too. If so, does it…

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July Artist of The Month

Fintan Wall is Our July Artist of the Month. Read All About Fintan and His Practice. HELLO@FINTANWALL.COM WWW.FINTANWALL.COM When did you first feel like an artist? I would have to say when I was really small, I used to draw and paint all the time, and one of my neighbours had one of my paintings framed in their sitting room and I remember thinking how cool that was! Do you have a ‘day job’? My day job is a graphic…

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June Artist of the Month

Each month I interview one of my alumni, to see how they are getting on 'post boot camp'. This month Clara Dudley chats to me about her work, plans and dreams.   When did you first feel like an artist? Since I could pick up a marker as a toddler. I drew constantly as a kid. Do you have a ‘day job’ Yes, I have two part-time graphic design jobs; I work between a small creative studio called Mr & Mrs…

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Water Colours: Basic Information

Select a set of cake or moist pan watercolours if you prefer them. Most have a good selection of basic colours you’ll need for transparent watercolour painting. Do not use

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