Delighted to hear the Coding with Macaronis project has been selected to be showcased at the Dutch Design Week this year. Read more here.
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.
-Paint, watercolour, washi tape or colour markers.
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!
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.
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 & DubrayBooks: www.bit.ly/EasonTGISB and www.bit.ly/DubrayTGISB
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.”
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)
Bokus.com (Swedish translation)
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.
Every now and then Murphy and his family can be seen sunbathing together on the tidal sandbanks in the Wild Atlantic Ocean.
“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
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.”
This little bird has just flown off from my drawing room towards the Biennale of Illustration, Bratislava, to be part of the Migrations Exhibition.
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:
So I’m part of this massive exhibition in Dublin – “The State of Us” group exhibition!
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.”
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.)
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.
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.