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Get Ireland Growing – Gardening Ireland Map

Gardening Map of Ireland illustrated by Jennifer Farley

The goal of the Energia “Get Ireland Growing” Fund is to boost community food growing projects throughout Ireland.  The Ireland Map illustrates examples of the variety of growing schemes around the country.

I was commissioned to illustrate a map of Ireland showing just some of these wonderful community growing projects that received funding last year.  Over 25 projects were included on the map and I created gardening related icons to represent each one.

Gardening Map Icons illustrated by Jennifer Farley

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Queer As Folk

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This is a picture I made for the Queer As Folk exhibition at the White Lady Art Gallery, Dublin.

Here’s the official blurb for the show.

Queer As Folk is a group exhibition that will explore each artist’s individual take on what modern sexuality means to them, and artwork that will offer visitors contemporary views on LGBTQ issues that will be open to discussion during the month.The gallery will host special events during the exhibition to raise money for BeLonG To . Join us on our opening night for live music sponsored by Super Happy Fun Times, free refreshments and BYOB.

So my piece was originally going to be called “Adam and Steve”. We’ve heard the religious right using this silly, anti-gay slogan, “God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve” and that’s where I started from. I’ve decided to call it “Up Yours (Fundamentalists)” – probably equally silly but it made me laugh, and my beloved husband picked that name. The idea here is simply two guys having a bit of fun on the other side of the Garden of Eden. The background here is a painting “Rust op de vlucht naar Egypte, manner of Jan Brueghel” which is in the public domain and made available from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

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Irish Writers

As part of an on-going project illustrating Irish writers, here are portraits of George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde and James Joyce. These three prints were chosen for inclusion in the Halftone Exhibition in the Library Project in Temple Bar in Dublin.

Irish Writers illustrated by Jennifer Farley

George Bernard Shaw

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honourable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”

George Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin 1856.

George Bernard Shaw by Jennifer Farley

Oscar Wilde

“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”

Two of my favourite children’s stories are “The Selfish Giant” and “The Happy Prince”, by Wilde. They are both a little bit heart-breaking.

Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854.

And here is Oscar resplendent in red:

Oscar Wilde illustrated by Jennifer Farley

James Joyce

Think you’re escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.”

James Joyce wrote a book of short stories called “Dubliners” and one of the characters in there was called Farley – just like me. Here is my illustrated homage to the man who wrote many classics, including one I’ve never been able to get through – Ulysses. James Joyce was born in Dublin in 1882.

James Joyce illustrated by Jennifer Farley

Viking Map Illustrated By Jennifer Farley

Viking Map

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An illustrated map showing the routes taken by the Vikings leaving Norway, Sweden and Denmark on their way to Britain and Ireland. I’ve used mostly muted tones on this picture with just a touch of red on the viking ship sails, the scary sea monster and the rosy cheeks of the viking. He’s not too scary though, he might even be a bit smug. My home town, Dublin was visited by the Vikings or Ostmen around 841, where they settled. the name Dublin comes from the Norse Dyflin or “Black Pool”, referring to a dark tidal pool where the River Poddle entered the Liffey at the rear of Dublin Castle.

Viking illustration by Jennifer Farley

If you need a map illustrated for your project, book, magazine or website. Please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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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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