Gráinne Nagle

I originally studied fine art but when I finished college I had no idea how ‘to be’ an artist. I ended up getting a regular job. It got to the stage where it was killing my creativity and I knew I had to do something about it. About two years ago I made the decision to quit, basically due to an overwhelming urge to create and make my own work.  I didn’t want to look back years later and think ‘what if’…

I consider my work very ‘graphic’. I like bold, strong shapes and colours. These were the elements I grew to love when I went back to college to study Visual Communications. I don’t know if I would have ever discovered my love of these things if I hadn’t studied graphics.

Process is a large part of my work. I may be working on one particular thing, and then I may suddenly notice how it could work in a different way for something else. I prefer to work hands-on as much as I can, rather than on the computer. I think it allows for something to be created more organically.

I’m a little out of touch with the creative industry in Ireland as I only moved back last year after being away for ten years. But from what I can see, there’s definitely some positive vibes around despite the lack of money being invested in it. I think there could be so much more potential if more people were encouraged to be creative and more was done from an early age to nurture creativity.

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