The final wall-piece for the Ashford Heritage Centre which officially opens this Friday, and which focuses on the late Seamus Heaney and his long-time presence in the Ashford community and surrounds. I was honoured to contribute and to writing his words;
"…driving down from Dublin to Wicklow in spring or early summer – or indeed at any time of the year – I get this sudden joy from the sheer fact of the mountains to my right and the sea to my left, the flow of the farmland, the sweep of the road, the lift of the sky. There’s a double sensation of here-and-nowness in the familiar place and far-and-awayness in something immense…”
Seamus Heaney (1939 - 2013).
Anyone that takes that drive knows exactly what he means! The stress of the city just evaporates when you see the Sugarloaf on the bend of the M11....the Irish Sea at the next bend....
The accompanying triptych of photographs are from a local photographer (name to follow) specifically commissioned to emulate Heaney's words. Thanks Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer, Ronan McDonnell, Graphic Designer, Sheila Clarke - Ashford's local historian and 'Superwoman', John, Ray, Rory and all the gang working tirelessly this week and the fun, tay and sandwiches that went with it!
Touching up. Plus, the final element of the wall piece is the hand-painted signature of Séamus Heaney. This was one of several signature references;
The signature was applied in grey;
Springtime in the Scriptorium means just one thing: WEDDINGS!
These large cream envelopes from Daintree's Milano range are really beautiful to write on and here they are laid out to dry.
Early start for 7:30am and the morning sun is lighting up the centre and the birds are filling it with song. I have a lot of work to do.
The first step was COLOUR!
As agreed with the Project Designer and Wicklow Heritage Office, we were going with a forest green. The great lads at Woodie's DIY in Lucan mixed the paint and sampled and dried it for me. Such a great service.
Ladder up, wall lined up and first line down.