Bloomsday: Wicklow Heather House Bloomsday Gin

Wicklow Heather Restaurant Bloomsday Gin

Happy Bloomsday! In late 2019 I was approached by Andrew Kelly of Wicklow Heather Restaurant and House in Wicklow about the use of my James Joyce caricature as part of the label design for their Bloomsday limited edition gin.
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“About 10 years ago to the day we began collecting very rare books and memorabilia for our Writer’s Room which over time has turned into one of the largest collections of work of first edition Irish literature.

To celebrate the Writer’s Room we have distilled our own limited edition gin. The Gin’s name is “Bloomsday” which celebrates James Joyce in particular and his life.

When working on the label for the bottle I came across your caricature of Joyce for Bloomsday. I absolutely loved how quirky it was and instantly wanted to base our design around it.

We are producing a limited number of 200 bottles of the gin where the label will be prominent.”

It was so wonderful to be approached in this way and we worked out the details for the use of the James Joyce caricature. I think the resulting label looks great:

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Anyone whose work is image-based will know how frequently other businesses will just use your work as a free stock image library so the Wicklow Heather Restaurant properly sourcing the image and working with the artist really meant a lot.

It really looks like an amazing venue and I hope to get up for a visit as things begin to normalise, and maybe even sample that gin!

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Retirement Gift for Healthcare Worker

Retirement Gift for Healthcare Worker

Retirement Gift Caricature: this personalised caricature was a gift for a cardiac resuscitation officer in Tralee who was retiring earlier this year. It’s the second piece I’ve done for this unit in University Hospital Kerry. It’s jam-packed with references to her work and the customer gave me a well-resourced brief with lots of photo references to work from! She’s wearing a maroon V-neck scrub top with “Resuscitation Officer” written on it. She’s also got on blue nitrile hospital gloves. The caricature is set in the resuscitation room in the hospital. She has an “IO drill” in her hand and she’s fiddling with knobs of a defibrillator on a crash trolley.

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Draw St Patrick’s Day – Animated Galway Parade!

GALWAY CITY COUNCIL PATRICKS DAY

Galway City Council and Galway Cartoon Festival are inviting entries from children for a virtual St Patrick’s Day Parade to take place online in March. Entrants should draw their imaginative participants for the virtual parade, and entries will be animated and marching across screens on 17th March 2021! DRAW ST. PATRICK’S DAY/TARRAING LÁ ‘LE PÁDRAIG … Read more

50th Birthday Gift Caricature

50th birthday present gift caricature allan cavanagh

This personalised caricature was a gift for a 50th birthday last year. The subject is a Disney fan and loves travel, hence the Minnie Mouse ears and Eiffel Tower and the cruise ship in the background. She’s partial to a cocktail and also meticulous about cleaning, so the mop and apron was an in-joke from her family! Other references are Facebook with a signpost for Limerick and Dublin in the background. And of course a few balloons to mark the big day for good measure!

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