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Some months ago I was invited by a lovely lady from the South Infirmary- Victoria University Hospital to come look at their children’s unit.

The hope was to create a pleasant space for the children who find themselves there for a period of time, it might be over night or indeed a number of nights.

As many of us know hospital wards are very busy places and space is at a premium.

Fortunately the children’s ward has one very bright and fairly spacious corridor that serves general traffic in and out of the wards.

The main wall here is 25 x 8 ft.

I had full creative license so this became the focus of my attention as being the main space for children to get out of their rooms and shake a leg in a fun and secure space.

The unit accommodates babies right up to teens.

The focus for me was to create and image that was colourful, uplifting and a little bit ridiculous really.

Also it being a working ward I had to be conscious of traffic such as trolleys, wheelchairs, catering and cleaning staff and parents and family making their way in and out to their loved ones.

Infection control is also an issue in a place such as this so 3D additions were not up for consideration.

With all of that in mind I decided on a graphic and colorful visual style and a montage of images within that.

Time was an element too- the longer one spends working in a space such as this the more disruption caused to those using the facility.

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Having put a pencil sketch together and got that approved I proceeded to tackle the problem of getting the image on the wall!

As I mentioned this is a long corridor, but not so wide as to accommodate using a projector effectively ( or a video camera so there no lovely time lapse video of it either )

So much as I dread it, I had to go old school and use a grid!

Yikes, there’s nothing like a grid to bring on the cold sweats.

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First apply your grid to the sketch on paper- (HINT if you’re working from an original drawing- make a photocopy and pop the grid over this always preserve your original). The grid on paper was to a scale 1 inch squared = 2 feet squared on the wall. This way my rough fits on an a4 page which is easy to handle.

Being 25 feel long the question was how to create this grid without help?

The answer is – string.

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Yes get yourself some string/ yarn and good quality masking tape.

Measure out the grid vertically and horizontally either end and some where in the middle ( string will sag in the middle a bit over this distance ) and stick it into place at all 3 points.

It also works out well that once you’ve transferred the images on there are no extra grid lines to paint over as you can simply remove the string and hey presto! Next came transferring the image freehand into place.

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Using light coloured chalks, a different color for each object so as there would be no confusion when painting up close, I drew on the main images and inspite of using a grid I allowed myself to play around with the scale of individual elements where necessary.

Once thats complete it’s the fun part.

mural-stagesPaint time. Working with vinyl matt paints – straight from the tin I got to work.

Patience and a steady hand is an absolute must for this part.

I started by blocking in the flat color areas- of which there were very many. Once dry I applied a second coat and so on and so forth. Having chosen a core palette of colours I applied colour on the fly. I had decided early on at the sketch stage that the best approach would be to apply colors as they felt right on the day. Having not worked with this exact pallette/ range of paints before it was impossible to know precisely how they would dry, so intuition took over.

When the block areas were dry all that remained to do was add some line work over the top to bring a bit of detail without diluting the over all color fresh look.

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It took a solid five days of physical graft and copious amounts of tea to complete, but I am so proud of the end product. The staff in the children’s ward are a highly dedicated bunch and I wanted them to be proud of THEIR unit,  hope I’ve been successful so far.

So thats Phase 1.

Phase 2 will be the playroom with the added challenge of working in an eggshell finish.

Can’t wait to get started. Keep an eye out for the finished article in the next few weeks

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NO.2 Writers and Wordsmiths Series

The entrance area of the Crawford Gallery in Cork is home to 3 pieces by the great Louis Le Broquy. All are portraits of great irish writers- Yeats, Joyce and Samuel Beckett. Possibly some of the most famous portraits of modern times and in a style singular to Louis Le Broquy. Like all amazing art – you may see it online, in a book or hang a reproduction in your living room, but there is nothing to match standing in front of the genuine article. Next time you happen to be passing a gallery take a step inside and get up close.
This is my effort at the stupendous Samuel Beckett

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“New York is my lourdes, where I go for spiritual refreshment… a place where you’re least likely to be bitten by a wild goat”, so said Brendan Behan.
Of his many many witty remarks this must the one I can most relate to myself- more the first part and less for the goat reference!

Those who knew and admired his work gathered in Dublin in Grogans pub over the past weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his passing on March 20th 1964.

This is a portrait – one of a series I am working on of Irish writers and wordsmiths of every kind

Hope you like it.

These images will be available on society six in the near future.
I will keep you all posted

Enjoy
Olivia

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Meet BB- he is a teddy bear who lives with his family in bear town. This image is one from BB sa Leabharlann (BB in the Library) and is the first in a series of books to compliment Babog Baby. Babog Baby is the first Irish speaking Teddy Bear. You will no doubt be familiar with Babog Baby as he has been adorning the shelves of major toy stockists for about 3 years now.

I was delighted to be approached by the guys in Galway to illustrate their first book and I am personally really happy with the result.  Just can’t wait to have one in my hand.

Anyone visiting an tOireachtas at the INEC in Killarney this week ( October 29th- November 3rd) will be able to see the book, I will be there at some stage on Saturday afternoon too.
The book should be available very soon. Visit Babogbaby.com for details on when it will be available.

MAJOR NEW EXHIBITION OF IRISH CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATION TO TOUR EUROPE AND IRELAND

Pictiúr, an exciting new exhibition of the work of some of Ireland’s leading children’s book illustrators and which has been curated by Laureate na nÓg, Niamh Sharkey, will visit four venues in Europe during Ireland’s Presidency of the EU, before returning to Ireland to tour.

During March, Pictiúr will visit the Festival for Young Readers at the Palais Auersperg in Vienna, Austria, before moving on to the Bologna Book Fair, Europe’s most prestigious children’s book event. Then, in April, it will visit the European Parliament building in Brussels before moving to the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Ireland’s cultural centre in Belgium. Pictiúr’s European tour is being funded by Culture Ireland as part of its Culture Connects International Culture Programme to celebrate Ireland’s Presidency of the EU.

In the Autumn, Pictiúr will begin its Irish Tour with visits to Draíocht Arts Centre in Blanchardstown and the Babaró Children’s Festival in Galway and before returning to Dublin to begin exhibiting at IMMA, Kilmainham, at the end of the year.

‘We are delighted to have the opportunity to tour the work of some of our finest illustrators, both internationally and within Ireland,’ said Laureate na nÓg, Niamh Sharkey. ‘Showcasing these artists will allow us to demonstrate the range, scope and skill of Irish illustrators and will help to grow our reputation both at home and abroad.’

Pictiúr features the work of 21 children’s book illustrators. Illustrators include P.J. Lynch, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, Olivia Golden, Alan Clarke, Steven Simpson and Andrew Whitson. The exhibition will comprise 42 art pieces and will include illustrations from books written in English and Irish.

NOTE FOR EDITORS
Featured Illustrators:

Lily Bernard Adrienne Geoghegan Anita Jeram Donough O’Malley
Alan Clarke Olivia Golden Chris Judge Niamh Sharkey
Michael Emberley Chris Haughton P.J. Lynch Steve Simpson
Tatiana Feeney Paul Howard Oisin McGann Kevin Waldron
Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick Oliver Jeffers Mary Murphy Olwyn Whelan
Andrew Whitson

Pictiúr Itinerary:

AUSTRIA 14th -20th March 2013, Festival of Young Readers, Palais Auersperg, Vienna, Austria

The exhibition will be on show for the duration of the festival in central Vienna.  This annual festival attracts more than 8,000 visitors (schools and families) each year.

ITALY 25th to 28th March 2013, Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Bologna Italy.

The Bologna fair, which celebrates 50 years in 2013, is the most significant international trade fair for children’s books and it attracts over 1200 exhibitors coming from 66 countries and 5000 international professional trade representatives. As such, it offers a unique platform for Irish illustration.

BRUSSELS 9th April – 12th April 2013, European Parliament Building

BELGIUM 28th April – 21st May 2013, The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe

The exhibition will be on show for three weeks in the Leuven Institute.

Irish Tour Autumn 2013
Draoícht, Blanchardstown – 5th September – 5th October 2013

Babaró Festival, Galway Arts Centre – 13th – 31st October 2013

IMMA, Kilmainham, Dublin – December 2013

 

Full biographies and sample images from the exhibition are available on request and curator Niamh Sharkey is available to interview.

 

About Laureate na nÓg
Laureate na nÓg is an exciting project recognising the role and importance of literature for children in Ireland. This honour was awarded for the first time in May 2010 to author Siobhán Parkinson. Illustrator Niamh Sharkey is the current laureate, and will hold the title until May 2014. The laureate participates in selected events and activities in Ireland and abroad during their term and is chosen as a result of their internationally recognised body of high quality children’s writing or illustration and the considerably positive impact they have had on readers as well as other writers and illustrators. Laureate na nÓg is an initiative of the Arts Council with the support of The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Children’s Books Ireland, Poetry Ireland and The Arts Council of Northern Ireland. The programme is administered by Children’s Books Ireland.

For further information, contact 

Mags Walsh, Director, Children’s Books Ireland on 01/8727475 / 086 605 3888  

or Nessa O’Mahony, Project Manager, Laureate na nÓg on 087 9309670. 

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Professional Illustrator Olivia Golden will be giving night classes at Carrigaline Community College, Co.Cork.

Starting on Wednesday 30th January 2013 (7.15 – 9.15pm) Olivia will be introducing students to the area of illustration.

The 8 weeks the course is designed to establish the process of briefing, research, concept development, execution and delivery of visual material.

Fee €95.

Set projects will help reinforce these key skills whether that be for book illustration, design, advertising or editorial illustration.

We will also be looking at what life as a freelance illustrator is really like.

All levels of ability are welcome. Should you have any questions about the course please feel free to contact Olivia at studio@oliviagolden.ie

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Looks like another book I’ve worked on has been shortlisted for the Reics Carlo award.

Tubaiste ar an Titanic was written by Máire Zepf  with illustrations by yours truly. The publishers were Clo Mhaigh Eo

This is award recognises excellence in Irish language publishing.

http://www.gaelport.com/default.aspx?treeid=37&NewsItemID=8819

In 2011 another one of the books I worked on was also nominated – Hiudai Beag

That’s made my friday, who cares if it’s raining!

The winner Gradam Réics Carló will be announced on Wednesday 21 November at a special ceremony at the Sugarclub, Leeson St, Dublin 2.