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ROTHAIOCHT NA MBAN (WOMEN ON BICYCLES) 1916

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To commemorate the role of women in the 1916 Rising, Fingal County Council commissioned me to create a set of illustrations and designs to promote their event called RothaÍocht na mBan (Women on Bicycles). A variety of women from different social classes played a huge role in the Rising but have often been forgotten. As well as the illustrated characters, I designed a 3 metre banner which was carried by women in period costume in a parade. I designed a tri-fold brochure, a set of posters and flyers and a set of newspaper advertisements.

I absolutely love working on historical character illustrations and this one was great fun. Here you can see some of the promotional materials and the illustrations.

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Bioblitz Illustration & Design

Bioblitz Corriboard illustrated by Jennifer Farley
Bioblitz Corriboard illustrated by Jennifer Farley

I was commissioned to create some illustrations and design the posters, outdoor corriboard signage and DL-sized leaflet to promote Howth Bioblitz. Ireland’s BioBlitz brings together scientists and recorders in a race against time to see how many species can be recorded in a 24-hour biological survey of four of Ireland’s heritage sites. I am naturally drawn to anything water-based so I was delighted to be let loose with the illustrations and made an underwater scene featuring some big and small beasties, some friendly seals, an old shipwreck and a couple of worried looking divers. The “on land” part of the poster features some creatures that kids and adults will be looking out for during the Bioblitz including butterflies, snails, the red squirrel, goats, and bats. These designs were aimed at families and children, rather than the professional scientists. Here are the completed corriboard (2 metres x 1 metre in size),  leaflets and posters.

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Giselle Illustrated By Jennifer Farley

Giselle Ballet Poster

Giselle Illustrated By Jennifer Farley

Pointe Blank is an initiative created by the Birmingham Royal Ballet and I was thrilled to be one of twenty five illustrators involved in this project. The project is described as follows:

Collections of original images inspired by the plots of major narrative works in the repertory of Birmingham Royal Ballet, and created by professional designers in and around the UK.

Each time, the invited participants are not required to depict the story as a ballet, only to incorporate the Company name or logo. Visual references are made available, but in an attempt to keep the brief as non-prescriptive as possible, the designers are not required to include them.

So for this, the fourth project in the Pointe Blank series, members of Illustrators Ireland were commissioned to create an A3 sized poster based on the story of the ballet Giselle.

The story:
In a village deep in the mountains, a young woman, Giselle, and a young man, Loys, are deeply in love. However, Loys has not been completely truthful with his beloved.

While Giselle believes him to be a simple villager like herself, he is in fact a nobleman called Count Albrecht, and is already betrothed to a Lady named Bathilde.

Wishing to escape the responsibilities of his life as the son of the local Duke, he has been visiting the village under a false identity, but has now fallen so in love with Giselle he is afraid to reveal who he is, for fear of losing her.

Another young man from the village, called Hilarion, is also in love with Giselle. He discovers that Loys is not who he claims to be, and exposes his secret, in an attempt to drive away his love rival.

However the heartbreak, and the sight of Bathilde arriving to claim her fiancé, is too much for Giselle to bear, and driven mad by despair, she takes her own life.

After her funeral, Hilarion keeps a vigil by Giselle’s graveside. But the graveyard is haunted by a group of Wilis – the vengeful ghosts of jilted brides – who rise up and pursue Hilarion. They force him to dance until he collapses and dies from exhaustion.

Albrecht arrives to leave flowers, and the Wilis appear again. They attempt to make him dance to his death like Hilarion.

At this point, Giselle’s ghost also rises from the grave, and she entreats Myrtha, the merciless Queen of the Wilis, to spare her lover’s life. Myrtha refuses, but Giselle dances with Albrecht, and the power of her love for him gives him the strength to make it through until sunrise, when the spell loses its power.

I love the idea of the village in the mountains and had been watching the movie Van Helsing a few nights before I saw the brief and some of the imagery in that film influenced the sketches I did of the town nestling in the mountains. My take on it was probably a little lighter and family friendly. I pretty much locked onto the idea of Giselle dancing in the graveyard with Albrecht. Here’s an early sketch.

Giselle sketch - Jennifer Farley

Initially I was imagining them dancing a slow dance in the graveyard and then I started to think about them doing some 1970s style disco dancing. The song “Do the Hustle” was stuck in my mind and that’s the tune I pictured them dancing to stay alive to. Hence the disco glitterball moon and the fancy dance steps ; ) I thoroughly enjoyed this project and I’m happy with my two main characters – the ghostly Giselle and the disco-ing Duke Albrecht. Here’s my final piece which appeared in the show.

You can see all of the 26 pieces of wonderful artwork included in this year’s Pointe Blank show here. Thank you very much to the Birmingham Royal Ballet for the wonderful opportunity!

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Things You May Not Have Known About Vikings

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This project brief was to illustrate and design a set of facts about Viking behaviour. Some of these facts may not be so well known. The facts were presented for children on a set of pull-up panels accompanying an exhibition for adults about Viking life in Fingal.

I did know that Vikings didn’t REALLY have horns on their helmets, but I didn’t know about the food they ate, or about how they nearly all had hair combs. This was a really fun and interesting project to work on. I used a limited colour palette for each of the panels

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Brian Boru and the Vikings

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To commemorate the town of Swords connection with the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf and the death of Brian Boru, Fingal County Council organised a weekend of activities in the town of Swords itself that included a night time torch-light parade to mark the funeral procession and handing over of Brian’s body to the delegation from Armagh.

I was commissioned to create the illustrations and graphic design work on a set of three large 2m x 1m corriboards – telling the story of the Vikings arrival, the battle at Clontarf and Brian’s removal to the tower in Swords. I illustrated a series of posters showing some of the main characters involved in the Battle of Clontarf in 1014 – Brian Boru, Wolf the Quarrelsome and Sitric Silkenbeard. The promotional materials also included a very large 6m x 1.2m PVC banner and a DL trifold brochure.

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