Dingle Food Festival

What a festival! It’s just been another amazing weekend of celebrating the best produce this country can produce. Crowds flocked to Dingle and the town was alive with tasty treats on every corner.

This year I was asked to give a print workshop with fellow artist Julie Beckett as part of the festival’s fringe art program. (More on that here: Art at Dingle Food Festival) Together we came up with the idea of Print Your Dinner. We gathered up lots of materials, ink and rollers and enlisted the help of artist Orla Breslin and off we went to An Díseart. A good time was had by all, here’s some photos of the day:

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Aidbhintiurs* le Letterpress

Impressions Biennial 2015

My etching Caulking has been selected for Impressions Biennial 2015! The exhibition opens on Friday 10th July at The Centre For Creative Arts and Media in Galway and is part of the Galway International Arts Festival program. It promises to be a fantastic evening with work from some of the countries finest printmakers. Come along to the opening if you are in the area.

Caulking©DeirdreMcKenna15

Impressions Biennial:

‘Established in 1988, Impressions is Ireland’s longest running open submission print exhibition. It encourages, promotes and exhibits the best of printmaking in Ireland.  This is particularly evident in the growth of printmaking workshops and collectives as well as the continued success of others across Ireland.’

Impressions invite ruane 5

Impressions Map

How should we remember those heroic deeds?

Scéalta Ealaíne

photo by Eoin Mac Lochlainn of rust on the Plassy wreck An Plassey, no.1

Well, if you’ve been to visit Inis Oírr, the smallest of the Aran Islands, you will surely have heard of the wreck of the Plassey. This rusting hulk, a cargo ship of the Limerick Steamship Company, can still be seen sitting there on the rocks, slowly disintegrating with each passing year.

It happened in March 1960, she was travelling up from Fenit Harbour in Co.Kerry when she was driven off-course in a terrible storm and she struck the rocks to the east of Inis Oírr island. But this is a good news story – a story of courage and determination – because not one sailor perished on that fateful night.

The ship struck the rocks around 5am in the morning but the islanders heard their SOS and they rushed to the scene. Remember, those days there was no cars, no electricity (and no Facebook) on the island but……

Amharc ar an alt bunaidh 470 d’fhocla eile

Making an Etching

'Saor Bháid - Deirdadh an Lae' final proof image

‘Saor Bháid – Deirdadh an Lae’ final proof

This is a series of images showing the process of making an etching. This was a piece specially commissioned by my good friend John O’Connor for his sailing memoirs More Than A Voyagepublished last year. See page 118. I have spent many years sailing with John around the Kerry and Cork coasts.

Teastaíonn JavaScript ón taispeántas sleamhnán seo.

Féile na Bealtaine

So happy to have been part of the International Print Day in May this year

Meitheal Eitseála

Grianghraif ón Cheardlann phriontála shealadach/ Photos from our pop-up studio

/ Photos from our pop-up studio

Amharc ar an alt bunaidh

All About ME

International Print Day in May – Pop-Up Studio

Niall Naessens exhibition at Graphic Studio Gallery

I’m really looking forward to an exhibition by the very talented Niall Naessens opening at the Graphic Studio Gallery in Dublin next Thursday. I had the privilege of learning the art of etching from Niall and it was an honor to be asked to frame this beautiful collection of new work.

If you are in the Dublin area I strongly recommend you drop in for a look!

You can view a special blog he has set up for the exhibition here: https://l12121.wordpress.com

Niall Naessens exhibition

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