In a strange turn of events I've found myself back in college (after a gap of just a few decades) to do a higher diploma in art in NCAD. This was my first piece of classwork, I'm destined for great things lol 😉
(First published on Viewfinders on February 3rd 2023)
Okay, I’ll come clean, I’m one of those people who has a few too many notebooks and a thing for stationery, paper in particular. One of my favourite early memories is finding a ream of paper in a bag from a well-known Dublin city centre stationery shop, on the side of the road, in our far flung city suburb, just before a shower of heavy rain completely destroyed it.
That block of clean crisp white paper was such a departure from my usual art supplies of colouring books and the backs of advertising leaflets that it was a creative shock to the system, with it I had weeks of fun: folding fortune tellers, cutting out chains of people, and helping snowflakes escape from those sheets of paper; it started a lifetime love affair with the stuff.
…and then again it has the ability to be anything from a simple abstract…
…or a cabin in the woods.
The only limit is my imagination and, I must confess, on occasion my building skills.
As a resource it’s there to fold, cut, tear, shred, or mould into something to photograph…
…and with the addition of my lights I can give it presence and place.
The blank page has become a constant as a conduit for both my creativity and frustrations and a staple of my 365 project I started back in 2011, which has seen me take a photo, video, make an animation, or an illustration, every single day. I’m now in my 13th year and haven’t missed a day yet, in part due to the blank page. www.flickr.com/photos/catmacbride/albums
All images available to licence on Stocksy
I have been thinking a lot about my 365 project recently, I even thought about ending the project at the end of last year, but I realised I very much enjoy having a creative outlet in my day.
With well over 4,000 thousand days under my belt now, and having tried so many different things from paper-craft, animation, video production, painting and more, I realised things have gotten a bit messy on my photo stream.
Yesterday I tried to look at my images and categorise them by putting them into albums on Flickr, my old faithful photo sharing site and home to my 365 project since it started back in 2011.
It seemed to make sense, but it got me to wondering; how do artists with a large body of work in different mediums present their work? Do they create different profiles for each medium? Have different agents for each type of work? or just pile it all together like a giant image jumble sale?
I really don't have the answers to these questions or any idea where to start to find them, but in the meantime I do have some slightly better organised albums HERE
I'm so delighted to receive this in the post this morning!
My image on the front cover, and an interview in, the Royal Photographic Society, Visual Art Magazine. Thank you so much Nicki Gwynn-Jones and all at the magazine.
I won't lie...
I find myself very out of my depths among a collection of really wonderful Irish based artists as one of the contributors to the upcoming Rua Red Winter Open Exhibition. The Exhibition launches later this month on Friday the 20th, 6pm-8pm.
More information is available here where you can also book (free) tickets to come along to the launch and see what is always a great show (and say hello to me while you are there).
So over the last year or so I've been trying my hand at producing short little video clips for sale on my Stocksy portfolio and I have to say I've really enjoyed the challenge.
It involved learning a whole new editing software (DaVinci Resolve), which I'm still getting to grips with, but like everything else the more I use it the easier it gets.
I now have over 100 video clips for sale which I'm rather pleased with.
For decades the end of August, beginning of September always meant the return to books. All through school and college and later in my life while teaching, this time of year always had the buzz of new books and new pencils and the excitement of learning something new to look forward too.
This year I wanted to celebrate this time of year and do something different, so I gathered together some of my (many) favourite books to enjoy again and use as the basis for a small series of paper craft scenes.
I hoped each scene could become a little world on top of the piles of books which hold so many magical worlds within their pages.
These images are available to licence on Stocksy
I'm delighted to say that I was awarded a Fellowship in Photography from the Irish Photographic Federation (IPF) on Saturday the 23rd of September 2017 :)
My written statement:
It may seem a little odd, but I have always loved paper. As a child I would sit, scissors in hand and cut-out chains of people & free snowflakes from sheets of paper just to entertain myself.
When I started a 365 photography project back in 2011 it didn't take long to run out of things to photograph. Once again I turned to a blank sheet of white paper; this time to make something to use as a prop.
2458 days later I'm still taking a photograph everyday. Making stuff from paper has become my “thing” and with my camera I try to bring my imagination to each paper scene.
This panel of 20 images comes from my on-going photography project and represents a glimpse of how I imagine the night would look if the world was made of paper.
If you want to see each shot bigger and a selection of images that didn't make it on to the panel click here