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Killavil NS School Mural

Killavil NS is located in rural Sligo and the area has a rich heritage in music with the proximity to the Coleman Centre. The school took a whole-school approach and wanted all children to participate in a collaborative mural celebrating Killavil’s history and also looking into the future. The children researched local history and developed their own art. Thereafter on the opposite wall, think about how their area would change in the future. During the process the whole school participated and we developed the process and tools for all children to take part.

You can find more photos from our process here on the school’s webpage.

Killavil – Past – Present – Future. Mural by all children at Killavil NS, 2023.
Teachers: Mr B. Carty, Ms L. Finnegan & Ms S. McGettrick – SNA, Marie Fleming – SET.

This project was made possible with the support of the Sligo Education Centre, BLAST (Bringing Live Arts to Students & Teachers), The Education Centre Tralee, and the Department of Education.

School Mural, Scoil Ursula NS, Sligo

Scoil Ursula NS in Sligo, The school wished to promote pupil well-being through the development and placement of a collaborative mural for the schoolyard. 58 children from two 4th classes participated in the project. The children explored nature and a local forest “Hazelwood”. During the process, each child had the opportunity to find and express their own creative voice. A very rewarding and enjoyable project and here is the finished mural!

Hazelwood by 4th Classes, Scoil Ursula NS, Sligo. Teachers: Ms. M. Moreland, Ms. C. O’Keeffe & Ms. L. McHugh (Learning Support Teacher)

This project was made possible with the support of the Sligo Education Centre, BLAST (Bringing Live Arts to Students & Teachers), The Education Centre Tralee, and the Department of Education.

Residencies in Schools 2022-23

During the school year 2022 – 2023, I have the pleasure to work with the following schools with a range of art projects through Sligo Education Centre, The Department of Education, and the BLAST (Bringing Live Arts to students and Teachers) -initiative. Here are the art projects:

– Carraore NS, Co Sligo (Queen Meadhbh and the Brown Bull of Cooley, Large Collaborative Artwork. 2nd class)

– Killavil NS, Co Sligo (Killavil past and into the Future. Outdoor Mural on the School building. All school approach – Junior Room + Senior Room)

– St Attractas Secondary College, Co Sligo (Indoor collaborative large artwork. 94 transition year students.)

– Scoil Ursula NS, Co Sligo (Outdoor Mural. 2 x 4th classes)

Residencies in Schools 2021–2022

During the school year 2021– 2022, I had the opportunity to work together with schools through the (TAP) Teacher Artist Partnership program and the BLAST initiative (Bringing Live Arts to Students and Teachers):

“The aim of this scheme is to give students in schools all over the country the opportunity to work with a professional artist on unique projects to be planned and developed between the artist, the teacher, and the school under the coordination of the Education Support Centres Ireland ESCI network of 21 full-time education centers. This initiative supports children and young people for the future, where skills like the ability to connect and collaborate with others, engage in creative and critical thinking, and practice inclusivity at every level will be paramount to peace, stability, sustainable economic growth, and equality.
Department of Education. (Source)

– Scoil Ursula NS, Co Sligo (Exploring cultures, China. 5th class)

– Scoil Ursula NS, Co Sligo (Exploring cultures, Australia. Senior Infants A)

– Scoil Ursula NS, Co Sligo (Exploring cultures, Australia + China. Senior Infants B, 1st classes, 2nd classes, 6th classes)

– Scoil Bhríde Carns NS, Co Sligo (Boat building. All school approach – Junior Room + Senior Room)

Illustration for Packaging Design

“Thanks to new technologies, it is possible to work from anywhere. Young people and families are drawn to more sustainable ways of living, and for many the daily commute has been changed for quality time in nature. People have the time to explore and appreciate more healthy ways of living. Life has again become intertwined with nature through sports like surfing, paddle boarding, walking, climbing and ocean swimming. The link between physical- as well as mental wellbeing and nature is strong. Living in the West of Ireland, you learn to appreciate all the moods of the pristine Atlantic Ocean and try to reduce your environmental impact as nature’s wellbeing is directly linked with yours. I have illustrated some of Connacht’s most special places to enjoy the outdoors, but there are plenty more that I will leave for you to discover yourself on your travels!”

Good stuff. I’ve been working lately on a limited edition design for new Eco-Friendly-Sleeves for HEINZ. 100% of proceeds from each €4 multipack will go towards Heinz Ireland’s official charity partner, Barnardos Ireland, helping them to transform the lives of vulnerable children who are affected by adverse childhood experiences. Get can get your limited edition pack and check out the other artists: Fatti Burke, Jacky Sheridan and Fuchsia Macaree at heinztohome.ie

A Way Home – An Slí Abhaile’.

‘A Way Home – An Slí Abhaile’ is a new art exhibition for children and families based on the text by author Olivia Hope. 20 illustrators and artists was commissioned to interpret the text with magical illustrations exploring celtic folklore.

“Two siblings get lost in the woods.  There they meet a mysterious traveller and embark on an adventure that sees them encountering a cheeky púca, some lost souls, and a choir of banshees… ” The text is retelling the story of the Irish period of Samhain, that marks the end of the harvest season and the arrival of winter time.

A Way Home – An Slí Abhaile’ is showing September 23rd to November 21st as part of a planned Samhain festival in partnership with Kerry County Museum at Siamsa Tíre, The National Irish Folk Theatre, Co Kerry, Ireland.

Cruinniú na nÓg 2021 – Children’s Art & Science Workshop

Dive into the ocean and bring out your splashing colours to create your own ocean-inspired artwork. In this workshop, we’ll explore the food chain of Atlantic marine life, from the tiny creatures to the larger predators.

Cruinniú na nÓg 2021

Join me for an Art & Science Workshop at the @sligolib Facebook page on Saturday, 12th of June. 10.50AM – 11.10AM for the yearly #CruinniúnanÓg celebrations!

Irish Coast, Underseas

50×70 Acrylic On Bockingford. 2020.

Atlantic Ocean, Shell, 50x70cm. Acrylic on Bockingford paper.

I Shell Sea You in the Atlantic Ocean

Dutch Design Week 2020

Delighted to hear the Coding with Macaronis project has been selected to be showcased at the Dutch Design Week this year. Read more here.

Australian travel destinations

Thinking about all my Australian friends today. 🙂

The Little Bird Parade

The Little Bird Parade is inspired by all the garden birds that we saw during the lockdown. Happy little birds, they kept going, doing what they always do. It was comforting to be reminded that they were happily parading our garden (and stealing our plants!) and the street as the cars were off the roads.
The original artworks are available for sale here.


Storytime: Murphy the Seal by Linda Fahrlin

13 June 2020. Welcome to Cruinniú na nÓg, Ireland’s national day of free creativity for children and young people.

This reading was created to make the book available for all children Ireland during the National Day of Creativity for Children – Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Together with Sligo Central Library, I’m holding an ocean-themed illustration workshop at 14pm, join in for some tricks and ideas on how to illustrate ocean-inspired creatures! We will take inspiration from the book Murphy the Seal. 

“Murphy is a happy seal pup living in the wild Atlantic Ocean. One day he’s out swimming with his sister and hurts his eye in a storm. When he wakes up he is an animal hospital. Will Murphy get back to his family in the wild Atlantic Ocean?”

This book is inspired by a real seal rescue and seal release of a seal pup in the village of Strandhill in County Sligo, Ireland when a rehabilitated seal pup was reintroduced back in the Atlantic Ocean.

Thank you to Creative Ireland, RTE & Sligo Central Library.

Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 – Group Exhibition at the Lab Dublin


This is my artwork Gardening for the Exquisite Portraits Exhibition. For the Illustrators Ireland 2020 / 2021 group exhibition, despite covid, over 40 illustrators and authors teamed up and created a giant exhibition. It is now showcasing at the Lab Gallery in Dublin.
During the lockdown many artists faced being without material as travel restrictions was in place. In addition, Many artists was forced to use whatever materials they had available. To create the giant sized artwork I had to do extra coats of acrylics onto thin Christmas wrapping paper.

Coding with Macaronis

Hacking the home to make play part of everyday.

How many times do we get told: “Don’t play with your food”? In this experiment and game, that is exactly what you’ll need to do!
Look in your kitchen cupboard after some pasta shapes. Paint them in different colours and patterns. Make sure you paint about four of each colour or pattern. Then divide the pasta shapes equally between the players. The youngest player gets to start by placing one of the pasta shapes on the table. The next player has to match the colour of the pasta shape already on the table. You are allowed to match at any of the two ends of the pasta shape. Keep joining the pasta shapes by matching the colour or pattern at the ends. The winner is the person who puts down the last matching pasta shape. You can also create patterns with the shapes and for something even trickier: Make shapes where the colour matches as well! May the best kid win! Hasta Pasta!
A kit list of objects/materials needed to create your design.
-Pasta shapes
-Paint, watercolour, washi tape or colour markers.


Coding with macaroni Linda Fahrlin

Kids Prevention Covid19 for Hospitals / Healthcare Download Here

Thank You, for visiting and all the best.

You can download the kids’ prevention illustration here:

KidsPrevention Covid19 LindaFahrlin


KidsPrevention Covid19 LindaFahrlin
Kids Prevention for Covid19 for healthcare settings.

Bologna Children’s Book Fair Bookmark

Linda Fahrlin Bologna Children's Book Fair
Linda Fahrlin Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2020 Bookmark

Beach Holiday Illustration

Illustration of beach holiday travel stamps
Illustration of beach holiday travel stamps.

Winter – Exhibition at The United Arts Club, Dublin

Illustrated Donegal art print
Linda Fahrlin “Donegal” illustration. Art print at the ‘Winter’ group exhibition at the United Arts Club, Dublin.

The Winter exhibition which is organised by artist/illustrator Brian Gallagher hangs at the United Arts Club, Dublin from the 14th of November until the 6th of December. I have two pieces exhibiting. Inspired by the Atlantic ocean and its treasures and meals around the dinner table; The Donegal Atlantic Lobster Christmas Recipe and the Oyster loving Octopus. All Welcome!

Queen Maeve’s Surf Open

Illustration for Queen Maeves Surf Open.
The Irish Warrior Queen, Maeve, is said to be resting in a cairn on the top of  Knocknarea. Now, I know you are supposed to look at the waves when you are out in the water. However, I often find myself looking in overland. Especially days when there’s a very particular piercing light over Knocknarea. I think Queen Maeve is looking out for the surfers from up there. Moving far away from home is never easy but the community in this little beautiful place in the North West Coast of Ireland have opened their arms and hearts. May the waves be with you. X
P.S. After requests I have put the prints in the online shop, and you’ll find them here.

Electric Picnic Ocean Creatures Illustration Workshop

Hi Kids, next weekend, Saturday the 31st Aug! 🙂 See you then!

Shortlisted as ‘Best Irish Published Book 2019’: The Great Irish Science Book

The Great Irish Science Book!
For the last couple of months, I have had the pleasure of working with Luke O’Neill, who as it happens, not only is a Professor of Biochemistry in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology at Trinity College Dublin but also super good at explaining complex things! Together we have written and illustrated a book that will take you on the greatest journey of them all. From the very big to the very small travel through the wonders of the universe, the mysteries of the human body, and the tiny world of molecules. A thrilling and engrossing book packed with fascinating phenomena, vibrant illustrations by yours truly, and heaps of fun facts.
Thanks to the team at Gill Books it is now available for pre-order at Easons Ireland & DubrayBookswww.bit.ly/EasonTGISB and www.bit.ly/DubrayTGISB
#TheGreatIrishScienceBook #GillBooksAW19

Irish Times


Busy Making Magic

Over the last couple of months, I have had the pleasure of focusing on a lovely piece of work. This Thursday at 10am (GMT+1) you’ll find out more about it, that is all I can say for now.

Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2019

Tough decisions! Which one of these two options do you think should travel to Bologna Children’s Book Fair in April with IGI (Illustrators Guild of Ireland)and Culture Ireland? Option 1: (Emerald Green  Or Option 2: (Wise Salmon Pink 

Bologna Children's Book Fair, Bookmark illustration by Linda Fahrlin
Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Bookmark illustration by Linda Fahrlin






Exhibition, United Arts Club, Dublin

Around Dublin tomorrow?
Welcome to Urban – Rural, a new exhibition opening tomorrow night at the United Arts Club in Dublin. The show will be opened at 8pm by Pj Lynch. With work from the following illustrators:

Peter Donnelly
Alan Dunne
Linda Fahrlin
Jennifer Farley
Brian Gallagher
Adrienne Geoghegan
Una Gildea
Pj Lynch
Padhraig Nolan
Niamh Sharkey Author and Illustrator
margaret anne suggs illustration
Mario Sughi
Fintan Taite

The invite is by Alan Dunne.

All welcome!

Thank You

Thank You for visiting me at the House of Illustration Summer Fair, in Kings Cross, London. It is always nice to meet up, hear what you have been up to,  and get inspiration and share experiences with everyone visiting! I hope to see you soon again. Until then – better get stuck in with one of the new projects I have coming up. Promise to tell you more on that later.cropped-linda-fahrlin-illustration-atlantic-art-studios-portrait-667x667

House of Illustration Summer Fair


I am delighted to have a little pop up at the House of Illustration Summer Fair in Granary Square, Kings Cross, London. The event is taking place on Saturday the 30th of June.

Stockholm, Rome, Dublin, Hong Kong, Lisbon, London, Bologna, Paris, Singapore, Sydney, New York, Honolulu city illustrations by Linda Fahrlin

Lisbon illustration

Breakfast: Vanilla and Cinnamon Chia pudding with agave syrup.

One day I’ll have time to have a breakfast like this! Illustration of Vanilla and Cinnamon Chia pudding with agave syrup.

Sydney Illustration

Murphy the Seal is feeling swimmingly well at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

Murphy is heading for Bologna Childrens book fair

Rumour has it Murphy has taken a swim to warmer waters and has been sighted in the Italian city of Bologna. (Admittingly far away from the sea!) More specifically at the “Ireland” stand at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair!
Murphy intends to enjoy the warmer climate for the duration of the fair: 26th – 29th of March 2018.

Hong Kong illustration

Hong Kong illustration by Linda Fahrlin. Available as an art print.

Bologna Children’s Book Fair

So. It’s that time of the year again, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair is soon on! In recent years Illustrators Ireland has been participating showcasing members books. If you pass by the stand make sure to browse the illustrated bookmarks – here’s my bookmark.

Paris illustration

Paris illustration by Linda Fahrlin. Available as an art print.

Stockholm illustration

Stockholm illustration by Linda Fahrlin. Available as an art print.

San Francisco illustration

San Francisco illustration by Linda Fahrlin. Available as an art print.

New York illustration

Manhattan, New York illustration by Linda Fahrlin. Available as an art print.

Rome illustration

Rome illustration by Linda Fahrlin. Available as an art print.

London illustration

London illustration by Linda Fahrlin. Available as an art print.

Honolulu, Hawaii illustration

Honolulu, Hawaii illustration by Linda Fahrlin. Available as an art print.

Q&A 1: Creative process: Where do you find creative inspiration?

One of the questions I often get it is: “Where do you find inspiration and ideas?”

The answer would probably be everywhere, anytime. Of course, that is a bit too wide and short for an answer so here goes:

Generally, I get inspired when I least expect it. Personally, I take a lot of my inspiration from everyday things like talking to friends, family, what’s being said on broadcasts, in the news, opinions, reactions, and facts for example. REAL things and facts from REAL life. I like where there’s some inspirational element of truth behind my ideas. This, of course, is different for everyone. For myself, the collection of material seems to have a cumulative effect. The brain strangely connects the input through associations and after brewing for a while the impressions turn into ideas often at the oddest hours of the day, and at a time when I’m trying to relax and are not trying hard at all. (Most likely after you’ve just spent a full day REALLY trying to find inspiration to come up with that ONE idea.)

1. See something new
Now, hands up if you ever have thought: “I need to go away to a nice white sandy beach far away in the sun. I’m sure I’ll get some great ideas laying on a sunbed under the palm trees.”
Traveling is a great way to gain insight and inspiration I find. But. Are you sure you’ll be able to focus on the work itself with that nice white sandy beach and glimmering blue aqua water out there?
I have tried and it didn’t work for me. It just felt like a waste of time to not jump in the water! But for inspiration. Yes, please. (Have a bit of traveling coming up so I’ll try to make a post later on that.)

2. Do something different
How about listening to some new music? Borrow some books at the library or talking to a new person? Take a new way to get to work. Do 5 things in a day that you never have done before. Borrow a book on how things work. See a new art exhibition or go to a museum you’ve never been to?

3. Exercise
If I’m thinking about a project I try to go for a long walk to break up the day. I find fresh air clears my head. Getting away from the drawing table and the computer does magic for your back and shoulders as well. Because if it one thing you do as an illustrator, it is sitting hunchbacked over a screen or desk hours to end. As an illustrator, you’re often your own boss, and YOU is all YOU have, so look after yourself and break up the day. I find if I don’t go in the morning, I don’t get out at all… Before you know it, the day starts, emails come in, and suddenly the day is gone.

4. Talk to people around you – and listen
You can learn something from everyone, you just have to find out what it is. Don’t be afraid to ask people around you for knowledge or advice. I find other people often can offer alternative views on a subject, be able to add things or look at things from a completely different angle.

5. Inspiration from personal or special interests
Special interests outside illustration is also a great source of both amusement and inspiration. So you can think of them as pleasure and work at the same time and hopefully shake off that sense of guilt you might have for not sitting 18 hours a day in front of the computer trying to come up with ideas.

My interests are for example; architecture, and yes, travels. I like to follow the news (what’s going on in the world), obscure facts, plants and gardening, food and my friends and family of course. I would probably have more interests if I had the time, there’s just so much out there!

6. Use a sketchbook to note down and draw ideas – any ideas!
A sketchbook is the first place where all my thoughts, notes and research goes. Write or sketch anything that comes into your mind. I have many times looked back at the studies or sketches and found details I’ve been able to use at a later date in a new context. I usually look at the problem from a couple of different perspectives and then you can bounce the approaches off each other.

7. Multiple projects
So, as it is not enough with ONE project to work on, why considering taking multiple projects you might think. I have found it easier to move forward with my projects if I allow myself to work on a couple of projects parallel to each other. That takes the pressure of one particular project and I’ll avoid a block. You might even find you enjoy alternating between the tasks and they’ll all be moving forward nicely. They kind of work like distractions from one another.

8. What do I do – I can’t come up with anything?
First of all, don’t stress. It’ll come to you. Leave it for a while, go and do something different. Go for a walk. Go see a movie. Look at the news. Think about subjects that you care about. Is there something you’d like to change? If you are working on a brief, research the subject and you’ll start to gain insight and ideas on how to solve the brief soon enough. If not, leave it to rest and come back a little later. The difference between a robot and a real person is that a human can come up with unique, new ideas. A robot can’t (yet anyway, who knows about the future!). And unique new ideas takes time. Be kind to yourself.

9. And if I still haven’t got an idea?
Take your best one. It’s ok to fail. We’ve all done it. Learn from your mistakes. Move forward. Get at it again and look at it from a different angle.
Most importantly, have fun! Don’t limit your self! At the inspiration and ideas stage, anything goes. Happy creating!

This is the first post in a series of Q&A about how I work 🙂 


Galway City Council – European Green Leaf

Recently I was commissioned by Galway City Council to create a campaign illustration as part of their European Green Leaf programme. Galway City received the designation for 2017 from the European Commission.

Galway was selected as Europe’s most environmentally friendly city, among hundreds of European cities with populations under 100,000.

I thoroughly enjoyed working on a project that will benefit our and future generations. It is great to see council and government organisations communicating their vision using original illustration by local artists and actively supporting local business.

My brief was to illustrate Galway cityscape, local flora and fauna. A really enjoyable project.

Congrats Galway! Updates on the project at Galway City European Green Leaf 2017.

Murphy the Seal – Book trailer

Something I would love to do is to create a fully animated version of my book Murphy the Seal. So I decided to have a play with some of the illustrations from the book to create a book trailer.

Here’s a little sneak peak:

Murphy the Seal children’s book


Meet Murphy the Seal, the third children’s book written and illustrated by Linda Fahrlin in the Atlantic Art studios on the North West coast of Ireland.

In the Wild Atlantic Ocean lives a happy seal pup called Murphy. Murphy enjoys playing with his little sister and usually swims close to his Mum and Dad. One day Murphy and his sister are playing chase with a fish. The water is whirling around them and the current is getting stronger. Murphy tries to swim against the current but it is too strong. Follow Murphy on his adventure in the Wild Atlantic Ocean. How will Murphy get back to his Mum, Dad and Sister? This book is inspired by a real seal rescue and seal release of a seal pup. The village of Strandhill in County Sligo, Ireland was invited to join the event when a rehabilitated seal pup was reintroduced back in the Atlantic Ocean.

“Last year we were very fortunate to see one of the seal releases by Seal Rescue Ireland. The release of the seal pup inspired the children’s book “Murphy the Seal”, as we talked about what could have happened to the seal. We decided to call him “Murphy” after the sea lion we used to see at Taronga Zoo when living in Sydney.”

Available in Amazon.comBarnes & Noble & Bokus.com to name a few.

ISBN-10: 1974646998
ISBN-13: 978-1974646999

Murphy the Seal is available in English and Swedish at the following stores (to name a  few):




Amazon.com (Swedish translation)

Adlibris.se (Swedish translation)

Barnes & Noble

Bokus.com (Swedish translation)

Book Depository


Tom and the Watermelon Children’s Book

So, a seed was planted and it grew into a children’s book!

Tom and the Watermelon is the second children’s book made in the Atlantic Art Studios of the North West Coast of Ireland near the Wild Atlantic Way. It’s illustrated and written by Linda Fahrlin and available in English and Swedish.

“When we had a friend visiting from overseas last year, we decided to take a drive past Glencar Waterfall and finally took a turn for The Organic Centre in Co Leitrim. Well there, we purchased some organic Watermelon seeds. Once home we planted them and imagined how big they would grow! The visit literally planted a seed and our dreamings became a book – Tom and the Watermelon.”

About the book:

Tom and his Mum go to the Garden Centre where the gardener gives Tom a magic seed. Follow Tom and his Mum on their adventures in this feel-good children’s book where anything is possible.

Author & Illustrator: Linda Fahrlin
ISBN10:  1545050309
ISBN13:  9781545050309


Tom and the Watermelon is available here (to name a few places):

Adlibris (Swedish translation)


Amazon.com (Swedish translation)


Bokus.com (Swedish translation)


Barnes & Noble

Book Depository


Magic Mountain Children’s book

Do you like adventures and a bit of magic? Then this book is for you. Follow Maeve and Max who lives in a town that has everything. There’s just one thing missing. Colour. Will Maeve and Max be able to create a happy colourful place to live in? Find out in this new book written and illustrated by Linda Fahrlin.

In 2016 Linda Fahrlin moved to the North West coast of Ireland and set up Atlantic Art Studios continuing creative pursuits. This is where she found inspiration for her first independent book “Magic Mountain”, a book for children. It is an empowering story for children about change and the possibilities to create change.
The book “Magic Mountain” is available here to name a few places – in English and Swedish:
and more…

Sketch: Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2018

Here’s the beginning of the illustration for my bookmark at the IGI stand in Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Every year the Illustrators Ireland has a place at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, this year it’ll be shared with a few other organisations from Ireland like the Children’s Books Ireland and publishers.

The Children’s Book Fair in Bologna is on 26 – 29 March in Bologna, Italy.

Happy Valentines Day from Murphy the Seal and his family.

Every now and then Murphy and his family can be seen sunbathing together on the tidal sandbanks in the Wild Atlantic Ocean.

Sherlock Holmes book illustration 2 for the House of Illustration and Folio Society Competition

“He was, I take it, the most perfect reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen, but as a lover, he would have placed himself in a false position.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes book illustration for the House of Illustration and Folio Society Competition

Every year House of Illustration in the U.K. and The Folio Society arrange an illustration competition to illustrate a book cover and three interior illustrations.

This year I was delighted to hear that the book to illustrate was a new edition of three selected works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – Sherlock Holmes.

Today 24 entries were selected to the longlist and although my illustrations were not selected I really enjoyed reading Sir illustrative texts, interpret them and translating the words into illustrations. You can see the longlisted entries here: 

Here is one of my illustrations and the text I had to work with was: ” Upper Swandam Lane is a vile alley lurking behind the high wharves which line the north side of the river to the east of London Bridge.”

Biennale of Illustration, Bratislava Migrations Exhibition

This little bird has just flown off from my drawing room towards the Biennale of Illustration, Bratislava, to be part of the Migrations Exhibition.

Exhibition: The State of Us – You, Me & the Liffey

Before creating the artworks for the pop-up exhibition organised by Illustrators Ireland & OFFSET my “sitter” wrote a little text about herself:

“Graphic designer, typographer, writer, teacher, swimmer with a mild fear of sea creatures — real and mythical. Loves making and reading beautiful books, vibrant colour and affogato. Avid baker of sweet things, coffee drinker and Mum.”

So to help overcome her fear I made her Queen of the River Liffey in Dublin. This is the illustration in full:

The State of Us Exhibit 16 – 17 June at the Chocolate Factory in Dublin

Photos from the exhibition “The State of Us” at the Chocolate Factory in Dublin.

Member of Association of Illustrators U.K.

Proud to be a member of Association of Illustration U.K! You can have a look at my portfolio over at AOI here.

“The Association of Illustrators (AOI) is a not-for-profit trade organisation promoting contemporary illustration and maintaining industry standards.” AOI


Illustration detail “The State of Us” exhibition

You, me and the Liffey! Sneaky peak of detail from my artwork for “The State of Us” group show opening in Dublin this Friday. Huge A1 format to fill and I got as carried away as the artwork was by the mailman. ✏️🐟🐠

WIP: Detail from my artwork for the exhibition “The State of Us” at the Chocolate Factory in Dublin.

Detail from my artwork for “The State of Us” – a group exhibition arranged by Illustrators Ireland and OFFSET.

Exhibition: The State of Us, Chocolate Factory in Dublin 16th of June

So I’m part of this massive exhibition in Dublin – “The State of Us” group exhibition!

Illustrators Ireland in association with OFFSET is holding a massive event – a pop-up exhibition. Friday June 16 2017 at the The Chocolate Factory, 26 King’s Inn Street, Dublin 1. Doors open 7.30pm.

90 of Ireland’s finest illustrators, painters and designers make portraits of each other.

Co-organiser and illustrator Steve Doogan explains: “The State Of Us will be a large group show of portraits, a one-night-only event staged by Illustrators Ireland in association with Offset. We have 90 artists, around 65 of whom are illustrators or painters, and the rest are designers and art directors. Each person makes a portrait of somebody in the group, but also gets their portrait done by someone else. It will be a snapshot of a big section of our creative community, hence the title. All works will hang from wires strung across the space, 90 pieces at A1 size.”

Storytelling day.

Today was a storytelling day. I really enjoyed reading Magic Mountain to 4 classes with heaps of great questions. Walked 4k’s between blue skies and green fields in sunny weather. ☀️Good food 4 dinner, and good company 4 the soul. All good things comes in 4rs. 

Portfolio: Happy Earth Day!

The earth is happier if we all recycle 🙂

Series of illustrations for the initiative “Cents for kids”. Client Red Dog Design & DAVY.

Knocknarea Linda Fahrlin Strandhill Sligo art 1
Work in progress.

Knocknarea Linda Fahrlin Strandhill Sligo art 2
Work in progress.

Knocknarea Linda Fahrlin Strandhill Sligo art 3
Work in progress. By this stage, I started to regret that I decided to use up my last aquarelle paper.  I do like the texture of the paper but I had to press the pens so hard for full cover.

Knocknarea Linda Fahrlin Strandhill Sligo art 4
Work in progress.

Knocknarea Linda Fahrlin Strandhill Sligo art 5
Just some finishing up to do along the edges.

Bologna Book fair 2017

This week the Bologna Children’s Book Fair is on. On the fair, you can find Illustrators Ireland at location PAD. 25 stand: B/87. At the stand, browsers can pick up this illustration I made in the shape of a bookmark.

Although I’m not going this year I plan to go visit next year. There will be so much to look at and so many talks to listen to that it’ll take a year just to plan how to spend the time 😉


Weekend Rocks!

Who made it to the ocean today? We climbed the rocks at the sea shore and found all these patterns and tiny fossils. Found a moment in the afternoon to sketch a little bit, and bring out the acrylics. (But not enough time to finish up.)


“I think it is very exciting to see that Ireland has found time to draw on the rich heritage of excellent writing, story telling and craft skills. Today when everything can be mass produced by a push of a button those skills are a competitive force internationally. ” Linda Fahrlin, Image Magazine, March 2017.


Exhibition: ‘Colouring Between the Lines’, A Year of Irish Illustration, curated by OFFSET at Só Collective

Recently I was invited to participate in an exhibition focusing on the best of Irish Illustration. The exhibition is curated by Bren Byrne – one of the brains behind the huge event OFFSET held in Dublin yearly.

The exhibition is installed and will run in the Gallery Space at Só Collective in Kildare throughout March 2017.

Read more here: 



Exhibition: dlr Mill Theatre Gallery, Dublin ‘Matters of the Heart’ Group Exhibition

The ‘Matters of the Heart’ Exhibition is a group show from the members of the Illustrators Guild of Ireland. The members are using a wide range of techniques and visual styles and members specialize in every aspect of the discipline.

The illustration I made – ‘Home’ is being showed alongside a wide range of other works  from very talented illustrators. Well worth a peak.

Exhibition dates: 18th March – 30th of May 2017.

Read more about the exhibition here.

Exhibition: ‘Matters of the Heart’ at the United Arts Club in Dublin.

Home – illustrated artwork of Strandhill and Knocknarea, Co Sligo
Home – illustrated artwork of Strandhill and Knocknarea, Co Sligo, by Linda Fahrlin.

Just before Christmas I was asked to work to the theme “Matters of the Heart”. Having moved countries and across the world I am now glad to have found a place to call home and be with family. Where we live there’s a large mountain – Knocknarea. Perched on the top of the mountain it is believed that a neolithic passage tomb is concealed under the rocks – Queen Maeves Grave.

Home – illustrated artwork of Strandhill and Knocknarea, Co Sligo, Ireland by Linda Fahrlin for the group exhibition “Matters of The Heart”. The exhibition was put together by artist Brian Gallagher  for the Illustrators Guild of Ireland.

To be opened by PJ Lynch- illustrator &  Laureate na nÓg – Childrens Laureate, Ireland

The exhibition is installed and opens Thursday the 9th of February 8pm at The United Arts Club in Dublin and continues to Saturday the 28th of February 2017. Viewing Tuesday – Friday to 11am to 11pm.



Matters of the heart Exhibition Invite The United Arts Club
Matters of the heart Exhibition Invite – The United Arts Club

Exhibition: Luan Gallery, Athlone

Luan Gallery in Athlone just before the opening of the “Without the words” exhibition. Amazing sunset and kids mural on the way. The Exhibition “Matters of the Heart” is installed and ready to open. Lovely artworks, collages, paintings and sculptures from the members of Illustrators Guild of Ireland.

Luan Gallery, Grace Rd, Athlone, Co. Westmeath


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