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I’ve decided to take advantage of the large space I have at No. 76 John street, and design some wallpaper. This is something I have always had planned to do since college, but somehow it never developed.  As a starting point I want to use some of my collage work and translate it into a hand printed wall paper design

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My mini print space Thanks to Maeve bringing in her small printing press friday became a full printing day for me. I  experimented with new colour combination’s which worked well. A good day. Deirdre

Thanks to Patrick O’Connor and Mark for helping me to take multitudes of photo. The advantage of this residency being so visible is the help I’m being given by people visiting or passing by. Everybody seems to know that my camera will do more for me while I have to date relied on AUTO! If anyone has a Sony Camera instruction booklet to lend I would really appreciate it. Photos of the bus give an idea of scale and the closeness of traffic in the street.

At the beginning of a new project its always difficult to get going, but as someone (mentor) once said to me “just make work and the ideas will come”. So I decided to start a simple tree woodcut 2ft by 2ft, I spent all day friday drawing the image, unfortunately when packing the car for the journey back to Limerick I left the mdf woodcut behind me in the Kilkenny Arts Centre car park. Three very rainy days later our arts co-ordinator Mary located it up for me and luck was on my side it remained intact, even though I was hoping a brand new image would emerge. It is now cut and hand printed using the back of a wooden spoon (image below). It is good to get the mishap out of the way early on in the residency. I wonder what other dramas are in store for me…Deirdre

 

 

Arts Office Resident Deirdre Gallagher (in red) with Vicky, Maeve & Caroline

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The aim and focus of the Art Residency at No. 76 is to enable the successful applicant to research and develop their practice. Other aims of the residency are to: give insights into how and why artists create their work, build relationships and further promote the Arts, provide an awareness and further appreciation of the Arts, cultivate and develop new audiences. The Kilkenny Arts Office is part of ArtLinks.ie

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