I work with lino cut, wood cut and lithography, inspired by the countryside where I live along with gorgeous gardens and beautiful landscapes I see on my travels in Ireland and Britain.
I live on an old farm with a large half wild garden in County Down, Northern Ireland. I am lucky to have my studio and workshop just across the yard.
I make hand stitched collages of my linocuts and woodcuts printed on Irish linen. These are inspired by the countryside where I live along with the gorgeous gardens and beautiful landscapes I see on my travels in Britain and Ireland. I print each small piece of linen individually. The finished collages are unique, one off pieces. I repeat my favourite views and themes but no two are ever the same.
My mother taught me sewing and embroidery when I was a child and I still use these skills today. I’ve always loved printmaking and have been making linocuts since I was in primary school!
My ‘Linen Prints’ are my linocut designs of trees, gardens and wildlife printed in black ink on natural unbleached Irish linen. I wholesale these and my greetings cards under the trading name ‘Algan Arts’. They are also available from my online shop.
I design my table linen and tea towels using little linocut motifs inspired by plants in my garden.
I have a BA Hons from the Ulster College of Art and Design and a MFA from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Lousiana, USA. I’ve been a full time self employed printmaker since 1995.
Craft NI Gallery, Belfast https://craftni.org/
Garrett Mallon Design House, County Louth https://www.garrettmallon.com/
Ulster Museum, Belfast https://www.nmni.com/
The Cat and the Moon, Sligo https://www.thecatandthemoon.ie/
Adrigole Arts, County Cork https://www.pure-ireland.ie/pages/about-us