Cara McCaughey: Which one wins/The one you feed

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Biography

Cara McCaughey graduated from Belfast School of Art in 2014 having studied Textile Art, Design and Fashion with particular emphasis on embroidery. She is inspired by stories and the flora and fauna of Northern Ireland. Her work consists of screen printed, heavily hand embroidered repeat patterns which are inspired by her self-written narratives. She strives to blur the boundaries between art, craft and design with her highly illustrative style of drawing fused with her historically inspired hand embroidery.

Ariel Dawn

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Nine Storeys Above Inner City
Torn dresses, sarongs and bedclothes hang over autumn, shadows of stone churches,
clock above market, sunshine alien lights of an operating theater. Close my eyes
and I shrink, grow, small as pen nib, then ink spilling from swollen lids. I have lived
here for months and the room is still confused with whiskey boxes. My love
left me a linen nightdress and diary. Covers my lap, distressed leather, it opens,
hemlock forest where trees bleed and I float between lines (paper cuts before the end
or even the stars), it closes with belts and metal and long pin on a string.

 
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Biography

Ariel Dawn lives in Victoria, British Columbia. Her poems appear in places such as Ink Sweat & Tears, Ambit, Paper Swans, Queen Mob’s Tea House, and are forthcoming in Elbow Room, Canthius, (parenthetical), A Furious Hope. She is studying Tarot and finishing her first collection of poems.

Ben Ryan

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Biography

Ben Ryan is an American but lives in Killarney, Co. Kerry. He is a visual artist, illustrator and printmaker. He studied with the American Academy of Art in Chicago in the early 90’s. He then went to work as a scenic artist producing backdrops and murals for the advertising and film industries. He is an independent artist looking to freelance.

Ben tends to pull ideas from various sources such as film, music, literature and history. He is currently working on a graphic novel and preparing for an exhibition in the autumn.

Patricia Fitzgerald: Labyrinth

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Biography

Patricia Fitzgerald studied Visual Education and Communication at Dun Laoghaire College of Art & Design (IADT) and also holds an honours degree in Philosophy and Sociology from University College, Dublin. She hosts workshops and retreats both in Ireland and abroad on the Mindful Art of the Mandala & Meditation.  She practices mindfulness techniques daily in her own life and holds a professional certificate in the Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness.

Mary Keane: Devil’s Den

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The image was originally created to accompany a piece of music Mary wrote, which in turn was inspired by a myth surrounding a dolmen called The Devil’s Den.  It is located in the Marlborough Downs in Wiltshire not too far from the sacred naval of the neolithic world, Avebury.
The legend of this Dolmen is found in A.G Bradley’s ‘Round about Wiltshire’ (1906) in which he writes of a demonic rabbit with lurid coals for eyes who appears on a full moon and sets about toppling the great cromlech with the aid of many white oxen.
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Biography
Mary Keane is an Irish artist working in illustration, music and film.  Her work tends to be a form of nature worship often pivoting around the uncanny.