NAAS.....I am delighted to tell you im bringing my class to kildare this December...I put a wee video out on social media asking friends and followers 'where to next?' given the option of DUBLIN, KILDARE,WICKLOW OR WESTMEATH for a pre-christmas class on the final weekend I had available to me...the result was KILDARE. thanks to all who got in touch with suggestions and the names of several other areas my class would be welcome.
Now early in 2017 I had the honour if exhibiting alongside the marvelous Martina Caffery Shannon at Inspire Gallery in Dublin in a show calked "Wonky" curated by the very lovely Dino... and I was blown away by what Martina created, a stunning overflowing installation created from recycled factory waste...it was magnificent, beautiful and impactful and followed Martinas drive for eco art and earth friendly uses for waste materials...Martina has since developed a wonderful art hub in Nass called "Dross Evolution" a magnificent bricks and morter building from which she creates, teaches abd shares her fabulous ethos....the reason Im telling you all of this is because when I thought of a venue for my class in Kildare I immediately thought of Martina and her studio/shop and classroom space in Nass...with ample space, an arts focussed buildng, parking close by and within easy access to most of the county it seems perfect.
And indeed it is perfect, so its booked...hope to see you there as I teach the basics of encaustic hobby wax ironing in this beginners class....its fun, colourful and oh so theraputic..
All bookings abd enquiries please by email to firstname.lastname@example.org . max 10 spaces available and a deposit secures your space...share with your friends and family and I cant wait to see you in Nass for a wonderful day of fun and creativity. xxN.
I am delighted to tell you this week my work appears in the American online professional publication: Prowax Journal.
After 5 years of raising the bar in professional encaustic practice this is its final edition and I am honoured and privileged to have been curated into this final publication...it will be missed by those of us who excitedly and expectedly awaited it's quarterly release for news on the work of our contemporaries and the best interviews and commentary from its writers, contributors and invited curators.
Thanks must go to all involved for their years of voluntary commitnent to PROWAX JOURNAL and from my personal perspective a special thanks to Debra Claffey for including my work in her curation in this last edition.
Please use the link below to see the piece and through the same link you can read all previous publications....it is a feast for a hungry heart looking for wonderful articles on contemporary visual artists and their explorations in the beautiful medium of encaustic wax.
It's been a bit of a crazy week folks and its still only half way through but I'm finally back on line to share photos of last Saturdays wax painting class using hot irons.
We had a lovely group, seven in all and heads down we really cracked on, unusually for me only two of saturdays particpants had never experienced the craft with me before...the ratios normally swing the other way, but it made for a vibrant group with lots of good work produced.
The Garage Theatre really is a wonderful venue for a class like this, bright and airy excellent parking and easily accessed. I would like to extend my thanks to the team there and no doubt you will see us again.
In the meantime I'd like to gauge interest in an European Encaustic painting class in Dublin? I have had several enquiries of late and I'm very happy to go on tour if the demand is there, let me know what you think? I'm happily heading up that way again soon as I've been booked for an ICA craft day, these are huge events with numerous Guilds all coming together to enjoy a day of mixed art and craft and boy is it fun!
But for now I'm back to my laptop to focus on my own work and some writing that I need to do... Even for an artist administration is a never-ending task, so bye for now and we'll talk soon. X Niamh.
Fri 21st of september past saw me happily invited to participate in Culture Night at the wonderful venue that is Monaghans Garage Theatre.
I took over the large space at the top of the stairs known as the rehearsal room and for the night this large white room became my Gallery, Studio and classroom.
I started with a discussion about what it is I do, how I work from the very start by making my own encaustic medium and paints, print on heat to fine kozo papers and cannibalize those prints into my painting process.
I demonstrated the encaustic printmaking process showing monotypes and cold registration prints and adhered a completed monotype print to an encaustic coated panel describing the different options I could proceed with at that stage.. at one point there were seven or more children at the demo table accompanied by their chosen adult, many of them clutching dream catchers made earier in the evening at the Puca puppets workshop held downstairs. I did my best as they started making requests for drawings, robots and bug birds...it was super fun and at times - oh so cute!
Wiith the youngster's satisfied I stated the taster encaustic ironing sessions....17 people gave it a try and all went home having learnt the basics of a new skill and with a new understanding of some of the things I get up too....it was messy, busy and colourful...just what I expected and I loved it.
Thanks to all who joined me and a special thanks to Krista especially, and the team at the Garage for their support. An additional note of thanks to my lovely hubby who acted as my personal 'Roadie' on the night, with so very much stuff sometimes on tour you just gotta bring your own muscle!
PS: in case you weren't aware I am hosting an encaustic iron on card wax painting class in the 'Garage Theatre' this coming Saturday afternoon (29th September from 1-5pm and 55euro pp-all materials provided)..with only two spaces still available, do get in touch if you'd care to attend. Come and feel the creative flow in a medium you simply cant help but fall in love with! x N.
PSS: A wee treat today to add to this post....a link to photos from events held on Culture Night accross the county. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=255384218449884&id=109726819682292
I do hope this finds you well..Happy Friday, how's your week been?
Here, with both the O'Connor children heading back to school its been all go go go to return to a normal routine after what I can only describe as a long hot summer..gosh but it was good!
I think I mentioned previously I am chomping at the bit to return to the studio, the studio which is now back at home in the garden build, a little tidier then when I last looked at it and just itching to be used. I have stocked up on some new materials and have two new works, and happily a commission, currently brewing in my head ...and while I am simply waiting for Monday morning to roll round and free me of some upcoming commitments I have been looking at the diary for the winter season and all that is ahead.
As you may or may not know I am very much looking forward to presenting a full encaustic demo on Culture Night at the fabulous space that is Monaghans Garage Theatre...thats Friday the 21st of September for those of you who want to mark the calendar. As part of the night I have committed to a 'wee taster" session on the night on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVED basis which I am happy to share with the first 15 folk that sign up on the night.
In replying to messages and enquiries since posting these details I have decided to follow on from this by holding an EU Encaustic Class in Saturday 29th September again at the Garage Theatre...its a fun, creative and productive session which teaches the joys of painting with wax using irons on card. Its an Introduction class...you dont have to know how to draw or paint as no previous experience is required - if however you are a painter its still a great days exploration...so if you feel the need for colour and creativity this is the class for you!
Saturday the 29th September 1-5 pm is the date and costing 55euro per person including all materials and equipment its going to fill up fast...Do get in touch to book your place and until then go well .
I will be in the studio if you need me. Wish me luck.
Friends of this page will know that I love to bring my EU Encaustic on card, class around the country and just this weekend past I spent a very pleasent day with a wonderful class of ladies in one of my favourite venues 'The Marketplace Theatre and Arts Centre' in Armagh City.
Its a favourite of mine for several reasons, firstly the workshops spaces are big and bright, accessable to all and entirely fit for purpose, Secondly the staff are pleasant and helpful at every turn. Thirdly, I always meet the loveliest of people in class there and last but certainly by no means least, the Gallery always shows a diverse and varied selection of inspiring exhibitions...I always have a nosey when Im up and was proud to show my own work there in the past.
But on Saturday as distracting as the work on the walls was, I was there to encourage people to create their own..
With a full class of 10 we got straight to work with a brief intro into what Encaustic is, the techniques by which it can be used and had a wee chat about EU Encaustic Ironing being a gateway introduction to a medium with endless possibilities.
We had a ball, learned how to apply wax, create layers, created flowers, learned the techniques for creating landscape images using our iron as our paintbrush and they were off.
It was a super day, thank you for joining me ladies and for those of you who discussed visits to other counties do keep in touch, as I said I am alway happy to create a bespoke class just for you, just drop me a line xxN.
...as friends of this page will know I have participated in a number of Culture Night events over the past few years....and truth be told I've enjoyed each and every one! Now although our Clones Studio is under renovation and I wont be there this year to showcase my work and working practices I do however have plans and I'm excited to share those with you...With still lots to do in August and not wanting to wish the time away I suggest you mark your calender if you have an interest in the Art Techniques used with Encaustic and Wax...I'm excited to share it with you..... simply clink on the link below for all the deets!
See you there.
Friends, I am very much looking forward to being my Encaustic hobby class to Armagh this coming August 18th at the wonderful Marketplace Theatre and Arts Centre...its booking out FAST and rumor has it there is only ONE place left...snatch it for yourself and join in the fun as we learn how to paint with WAX and an IRON on card...contact The marketplace directly for details & booking xx N
\nThe Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre | Market Street | Armagh | Co. Armagh | BT61 7BW
\nCall: 028 3752 1804
We had a wonderful opening reception for TOP SOIL at In-Spire Galerie in Dublins fair city, where I am showing some large works entitled "Rest & Retribution". Shoeless Foot Productions will release a film of the event shortly which I will happily share here. Until then there are more images on Curators Dinos FB page:
Contemporary Visual Artist working in mixed media/encaustic based in the durmlins of Co.Monaghan. Ireland.