Power to the Proverb

Vanessa Power is a Dubliner who, in her own words, put down her mouse and picked up a brush, having worked as a designer for five years before setting up her business, Signs of Power

Power is responsible for styling some of the capital's finest road frontage, such as Proper Order, Scoop and Sprout.

Her stint as Artist in Residence at the Grand Canal Dock offices of Facebook Dublin saw her undertake the project entitled 'So to Speak'. Working with the Dublin Facebook staff, who have 74 languages between them, over 50 proverbs (with their English translations) were selected to be celebrated on a mural. The result is a beautiful tribute to the proud diversity of the Dublin office.

Seeing infinite possibilities in each letter, Signs of Power's passion for the traditional craft of hand lettering shines through her work. You won't regret following her Instagram adventures.

Christmas Artisans on Merrion Square

I spent some dreamy twilight time at the Irish artisans market at 45 Merrion Square this weekend, as part of the Christmas on the Square festivities.

The Irish Architectural Archive, at number 45, were but one of the many institutions who opened their elegant Georgian doors to the public, coordinated by Merrion Square Innovation Network.

The lovely ladies from Winnie's Wool Wagon supplied enormous knitting equipment for demos, which I gladly had a go of, and even teamed up with a new friend for some team giant knitting!

Makers of artisan foods, candles and cosmetics joined other crafters using materials from wood to wool for the eclectic event, soundtracked by This Greedy Pig

Autumn colour in the Dublin hills

A wander in the Dublin woodlands with my love. 

Spruce, heather and freaky little lichen lads gave many tones and textures. 

We walked on a squishy bed of fallen pine needles. It smelled great.

Wild islands in the Celtic Sea

I like to pick out details to photograph and am possibly even doing it 'wrong' when it comes to landscape photography, where traditionally, you would want to get as much of a scene in focus as possible. Ah well!

Here are some of my travel shots from the Isles of Scilly, an archipelago off Cornwall in the United Kingdom. They were a tropical paradise when I visited in the height of summer, with wild flowers and ferns blooming all around. There are lots of walking paths around the islands, so it's heaven for hikers.

Flowers blossom sooner on these islands thanks to the kind climate, so they do a roaring trade in daffodils in early spring.

I got to visit this magical place when I was working as a photographers' assistant on a shoot for a travel company, and these are my shots from a day of down time, which are now part of my stock library at Getty Images. I was delighted to see some of the wildflower pictures sell recently and so I thought it would be fun to share them.

You can get to the Scilly Isles by air or by sea, check out Isles of Scilly travel for more.


Stay kind and make things

I was feeling overwhelmed by many mad and sad things in the greater world and my own small corner of it, so that blogging seemed silly.

In reality, making things and sharing them is what heals me so I won't stop.

Here's one I made earlier - for sale on Getty Images - now I have to go make more OK bye x

Barnhall Babes' true grit in training session

No doubt many cold, dark, damp nights went into the preparations for their big game.

The Barnhall Babes at an intense training session in the lead up to their Leinster Final clash with Gorey in Donnybrook back in April.

Bloomsday in Dublin 2016

I took a ramble through the streets of Dublin on 16th June to join with lovers of James Joyce and this fair city. Such hats, such craic!

My first stop was Sweny's Pharmacy, the beautiful shop that is still intact from Joyce's time in Dublin. You can still buy lemon soap there, just as Bloom did in Ulysses. Over to Kennedy's next, then on to Davy Byrne's where there was fierce style to behold outside it and the Bailey!

I just missed the musicians who were leaving Mulligan's of Poolbeg Street when I got there. There wasn't much stir in the Gresham so I saluted the James Joyce statue before going for a nice sit-down. Walking around town would wreck you.


ITT Dublin Creative Digital Media Graduate Show at Rua Red

Students of the media degree course at ITT Dublin launched their end of year show at Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre, recently.

This year saw the introduction of prestigious awards and the winners are photographed below.
High five to Molly Hughes and her colour-co-ordinated family!

Honourees: Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award, Matthew Fitzgerald, Outstanding Contribution to Multimedia Award, Alex Murphy, Students Choice Award winner Emma Mullan, Outstanding Contribution Award, Emily Phelan, Outstanding Contribution to Film Award, Molly Hughes, and Daniel Lloyd, Alumni Honouree Award recipient with representatives from ITT Dublin.

The Life and Times of Fanny Hill

Back when I was living in Bristol, legendary actress and all-round hilarity Caroline Quentin came to town to perform at the Bristol Old Vic theatre.

I met the cast in dress rehearsal for press photographs before they began their run, and later my Mam and I went to see the show once it opened. It was as bold, bawdy and saucy as we'd hoped, and more! And I couldn't repeat the conversation the ladies were having over their sewing. Shocking.

D4 Dreaming

An evening stroll along the Grand Canal, dreaming of living in darling Dublin 4.

The red brick, the reeds, the character... you get the idea!

Dream big and dare to fail

Proclamation Day at Coláiste Bríde in Clondalkin (where I was a pupil) was a really special moment for all present.

It was a particularly poignant moment for Patricia Harrington, who was given the honour of raising the flag along with students Katrina Duma, Roberta Vysniauskaite and Song Zi Wei.

Patricia is the eldest member of staff, having recently celebrated her 79th birthday, and she has served the school for 37 years. 

Mrs. Harrington, as we call her, taught me organic gardening (Michelle Obama's forerunner!) and choir classes a long time ago, and she is still going strong. She insisted we get hard-backed notebooks for choir, a good lesson in itself to buy beautiful stationary that will last. On our first day with our fresh A4 notebooks, Mrs. Harrington instructed us to write a quote in the inside cover where we would see it often: "Dream big and dare to fail" - Norman Vaughan. Thanks Miss. Legend.

School Principal Marie-Therese Kilmartin addressed the gathering, giving a special shout-out to her rebels! A gang of rebels burst into classrooms earlier in the day and claimed them for the Irish Republic. The Transition Year girl gang brought history to life. Go girls!

© Pearl Phelan

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