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Immersive creative workshops and experiences that bring Irish words, culture, and heritage to life

About Angelina

As an artist and printmaker, I am inspired by words, stories, and symbols from Ireland’s past.

A few words about me

I share my passion for Ireland’s words, heritage and culture through the designs and experiences I create.

As well as creating multilingual Irish language t-shirts and gifts, I work across Ireland’s Ancient East with community, heritage, and commercial projects to bring Irish language, culture, and heritage to life.

My hands-on immersive workshops and art experiences – delivered at festivals events and venues across Ireland  – give everyone the opportunity to explore their own creativity and be inspired by traditional stories and techniques.

Accreditations

Angelina’s Artventures was accredited as a Design Leader as Gaeilge by Ireland’s Business All Stars Programme and was a finalist in the Irish language category of the Business All Star awards 2018.

Memberships

I am a member of Limerick Printmakers, which represents artists across Ireland. It is here that I produce stencils for screen printing and designs. The designs are then printed onto organic, sustainably and ethically produced t-shirts and covetable giftware in my studio in Kildare. All of the ranges, designs, and experiences I offer draw inspiration from the stories and symbols of Ireland’s Ancient East.

I have professional membership of Visual Arts Ireland, the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland and of Peannairí, the Asssociation of Irish Calligraphers.

This is

What I do

Workshops & Events

I built a mobile screen printing machine in 2019 which has travelled to farmers markets and festivals, giving a creative experience of the Irish Language and heritage. I now deliver workshops and pop-up experiences in all kinds of places, collaborating with libraries, museums, festivals, companies, and community groups to bring stories and language to life. I am also certified in TAP(Teacher-Artist-Partnership) and Narrative 4 story story exchange.

Online Store

My collections of art prints, t-shirts and giftware are inspired by Irish life, heritage, stories and language - it has been wonderful to see my hand-printed, original designs finding homes across the world!
In April 2018, I was so proud to be a finalist in the Irish language category of the Business All Star awards. While I was beaten overall by a shopping centre, I was accredited Design Leader As Gaeilge by the Business All Star foundation.

Art Supplies Store

I am an approved supplier of Japanese Awagami handmade Fine Art Papers in Ireland. I sell printmaking papers and bookbinding supplies from my studio in The Tanyard, Ballitore, Co Kildare. Many these are not available online due the cost of postage, as they cannot be rolled. These are mostly supplies I have found difficult to source as an artist myself. If you are interested in purchasing Awagami fine art papers please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Why Gaeilge?

I have been an artist and travel lover all my life. This is why I have a paper plane as my logo.

Why Gaeilge

I grew up in Co Kildare on magical stories from my Granny and Aunt Nellie of the Bog, The Curragh, and Fionn MaCumhaill. I come from a big family and feel very lucky to have grown up by the Grand Canal in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East.

Kildare is known as the thoroughbred county. Horses have hugely influenced my drawing. My amazing parents founded a bus company in the 70s, and they instilled in us respect for our national treasures and people alike. Maybe it was from here that my curiosity for heritage and travel began.

I have lived across and travelled the world, and I love experiencing new places and cultures. Wherever I travelled, I discovered people with connections to Ireland, and this provided the inspiration to connect the Irish language with global languages. The Irish language is one of the oldest languages in the world.

I like to take Ireland’s expressive heritage and style it as contemporary, progressive and fun.

Inspired by women’s history and stories

In 2016 I was involved in one of the 1916 cultural programmes, ‘Little Stories Little Prints’ which toured Ireland. I chose to illustrate the story of the female dispatch carriers, and it was from researching the women of early 20th century Ireland, and the suffragette movements that I was inspired to start my own creative business and learn my native tongue again.

When I discovered what many women went through for their beliefs, I felt I had to find a way to include the Irish language in my work, and so, as I developed new sketches and products, I found myself thinking how to express them As Gaeilge.

My ‘Daughters of Ireland’ design was particularly influenced by the story of Maude Gonne and Alice Milligan who toured rural Ireland with their pop up theatre, bringing back old stories.

This design is dedicated to their part in the Celtic revival of language, folklore, poetry and art.

Get in touch

Contact me

If you would like contact me, or have any feedback/suggestions on my designs, please do not hesitate to get in touch.