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.

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
-Brush
-Paint, watercolour, washi tape or colour markers.

 

Coding with macaroni Linda Fahrlin

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.

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