WEEK FIVE: CREATIVE WOMEN IN INSPIRING ART SPACES: NIAMH O’ROURKE
Location: Galway, Ireland
Links (Website, Etsy, Tumblr, Facebook, DeviantArt etc):
Mediums: Graphite, Pen & Ink, Photography
Tell us a bit about your aesthetic: My aesthetic is two-fold. On the one hand I like to portray elements of Irish folklore and myth, prehistoric landscapes sand nature in my drawings and photography but I also enjoy creating darker images influenced by the occult, fantasy and the distant past.
How does your workspace motivate and inspire you?: I live in an old cottage at the edge of a forest in the countryside with my partner. Everything about our cottage and land inspires me and facilitates me in creating my art. We have a dedicated craft room that we both use. It’s full of tools, materials, a tailors dummy (for when we’re feeling really ambitious) and books which are essential for inspiring my creativity. The forest behind or cottage is where I take most of my photographs.
What is one part of your art space that you could not live without: Despite having our craft room I do most of my work in front of the fire or on one of our window seats in the kitchen/living area. The flames, piles of dried wood by the stove, and our centuries old stone walls inspire me to create quite primal images.
Are there any activities you do while you craft? Music? Candles? Movies? Eating?: I always have candles on but music is an essential part of our daily life so something is always playing, usually I will listen to doom, trad, ambient and good soundtracks when creating or brainstorming.
And finally, what are some words you live by when it comes to your art and your workspace?: I think your workspace should reflect your personality and creative ambition and that your art should be sacred to yourself, even if no one else is interested in it.
I had the honour to be featured by the lovely forestferncreations in her series on creative females in inspiring spaces.