Wedding Caricatures Jack’s Old Cottage Mayo

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One of my first weddings back after lockdown was in Jack’s Old Cottage in Islandeady near Castlebar, a meticulously restored cottage museum in the heart of the Mayo countryside. After the long gap in live wedding caricatures due to lockdown I’m always anxious I’ll have forgotten how to do it but as you can see from the gallery below I think I’ve still got it! Each couple below took less than five minutes to draw. I suppose it’s like learning to ride a bike, once you can draw quick caricatures live you never forget! The cottage is open to the public and is free to visit and is worth stopping by if you’re in the area.

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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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Framed Caricature Art Available Again!

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Good news! My framed caricatures are now available again! During lockdown I had to temporarily suspend the option to get your caricature framed due to retail restrictions but we’ve figured out a safe workaround. I’m delighted to announce the framing option is back in place. All my frames are hand-made to order from high quality materials by Mark and Sandra in the Framing Loft, Tuam Road, and packaged by Carabay Packaging in Liosban, who then send the packaged framed caricature by DPD express courier.

Order framed personalised caricatures by Allan Cavanagh online here. Nationwide delivery. Framed caricatures are great gifts for paper anniversaries, birthdays, retirements, engagements, leaving gifts, and many other occasions.

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