MFA Design Award 2014

Well, I officially received my MFA Design Award today. I felt we were all deserving of this. But in the words of the great Connor McCloud… “There can be, only one…”

My course co-coordinator, (also associate head of school) Debbie Fraser presented me with the award. Very chuffed! With this award, I’ll be shipping myself to Monster Palooza in California, Burbank.
I’ll be networking heavily and really look forward to it. Some of the top industry professionals in their field will be there, it’ll be daunting and exciting at the same time. Hopefully, I get to hook up with the likes of Casey Love and Jordu Schell.

Just have to say a BIG thank you to the (so called!) anonymous donor… this award wouldn’t have been possible without his support, so I’m very grateful and appreciative to have received this.

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Had a good day overall, Myself and Ursula McCloy toured the Degree show following the awards event.  So much really great work showcased this year. I was a huge fan of T-Anderson’s sculpting work and Lyndsay-Erin Mercer’s sculpting work in ceramics.


Draw-In Symposium | 25th August – 5th September 2014


Big Heads Up on this one !

My industry peer and friend Julie Douglas is hosting a Symposium to celebrate the value of drawing in all its various guises!

The event will consist of a weekend symposium and two 5 day workshops, bringing together world class artists (rock stars) and creative professionals to put the spotlight on drawing and painting.  There will be demonstrations,  discussions and various workshops, so there will be much to be learned and shared.

Artists attending the event and giving workshops will be: PJ Lynch, Colleen Barry, Paul Foxton, Julie DouglasMatt WeigleShevaun Doherty, Katharine Tyrell and last but not least, myself.

This is a huge event and promises to be  lots of fun. Please see the Draw-In website for additional information, tickets and booking information is available as of this week.



Friday Night Mash Up @ the Titanic pump House


Attended the Friday Night Mashup tonight, at the Titanic Pump House

We had Tech companies demoing their recent projects:  The Design Zoo, Big Motive and Freshly Baked Games

Stephen Houston, an angel investor at HaloNI and Tom Griffiths, Founder of Acorn Incubator gave great talks on their recent work and touched a little on their backgrounds.

Fun night all round, met lots of new folk on the scene.


… Felt abit subdued after it however, knowing Monster Polooza has started, west side. Another ball game entirely!