Friday, 23 September 2011

Culture Night

Tonight is Culture Night across Ireland. As I mentioned before I am taking part in the celebrations in Derry by showing some work in the Culture Offices just beside the Guildhall.
I have created a new papercut based on the tale of a local Derry legend called Half Hung MacNaughton.
The story goes that MacNaughton was a down at heel part of the Irish gentry, who claimed to have fallen in love with a young heiress, Mary Ann Knox from Derry. However, her father did not give consent to their marriage. In November 1761, an attempt by MacNaghten and his followers to abduct Mary Ann from a carriage on a journey to Strabane and elope with her failed, when he shot and mortally wounded her by mistake. A court found MacNaghton guilty of murder and he was sentenced to execution by hanging. So distraught with grief was he by the death of his love that MacNaghton is alleged to have hurled himself from the gallows with such force that the rope broke. Some versions say that this was divine intervention and MacNaghton could not be hanged for a second time; others say that he could have used the cover of a sympathetic crowd to make good his escape but he chose not to. Instead John MacNaghton freely re-ascended the gallows to be hanged successfully.

This is the first in a series of paper cuts that I am planning to do on this subject.

So if your in Ireland go  enjoy the nearest event to you and if you in and around Derry then please pop in to the Culture Offices and say hello!

Friday Photo

Gally, France 2008

Saturday, 17 September 2011

More heartbreak…

Just a quick mention; if your around Shoreditch in London next week and your about to split up with your significant other then you'll be happy to hear that the Pika Pika patented Break up Card  is on sale at the Design Diversions Pop up Hub, as part of the London Design Festival.  There are lots more wonderful designer goodies on sale too so pop down and have a look even if your not planning to break someones heart!

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Culture Night – Derry 2011

It's been a little empty round here this month. This has been down to the fact that I have been busy creating some work for Culture Night .

I will be showing a mix of work I have already created and some new stuff in the City of Culture Offices just beside the Guild Hall. Exactly what I am going to show has yet to be finalised but one thing is for sure; I know there will be a few long ,frantic, cafe infused nights ahead, that said I'm really looking forward to it. Time to get my head down again…

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Heartbreak at the Hayward

Just a quick note to say that the break up cards will be available to buy at the Hayward Gallery in London in their new 'this is not a pop-up' shop. Also featured will be the paper cranes folded by fellow Pika Pika partner Miho Aishima to raise money for the Japan tsunami appeal. Also there is friend and fellow CSM alumni, Tina Tsang who will be showcasing and selling some of her beautiful creations for her own company Undergrowth Design and for those not lucky enough to see her at the Hayward, no worries Tina will be appearing at this years Maison Object in Paris.