Friday, December 31, 2010

do you KNOW its that time already ??

happy new year y'all

hello all at tinderbox.
I just wanted to let you know that I really was pleased with how the heartstrings project came together ....collaboration at its finest.
Also...well done to everyone for all that you have achieved this year in your personal work,little improvements to what you want to do\be ...etc.
...........keep being brave ....who knows what you/we can achieve next.
jane xx
that nick cave is singing to you personally

Monday, December 20, 2010


Here is a participation to a french collective project based on the Advent calendar except that instead chocolates, you will find some draws !

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Careful now 4 versions

Thank you for your feedback on this.
I am really learning a lot through Tinderbox.
Please, see the versions you suggested, all in one page.

:] elida.

PS Claire, I tried a darker shading but it was too imposing.
Also, about publishing it in the press, my idea was to send out postcards addressed to the editors of different papers, but if you can recommend another approach, I am all ears!

PS Yellowhammer, those cartoon cave men are by the fantastic Juan Giner, and very difficult to translate, but I will try.

Christmas Card 2011

2011 Christmas card, made of paper sculpture.
I wish you a very happy
Christmas to all of you!!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Dublin snow walk

Dublin snow walk
Originally uploaded by Esther Moliné
I really enjoy taking photos of people passing graffiti. Here's one I took recently during the snowy days in Dublin.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Careful now

Hey there,

A drawing inspired by this month's rollercoaster: bailout, snow, ice, budget, meltdown. And the few times I fell on my bum.

I want to fine tune this drawing so advice and comments are welcome on any of its parts (drawing, text, colour, design)
Thank you!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Twiggy Christmas card

Well, here's the Christmas greeting version of my idea this morning, I'll definitely do cards out of this for next year! I actually left the h in 'Christmas' out at first, put the photo into the computer, realized my mistake, had to get off my comfortable slippers again and put on the wellies, off to the garden again to fix the spelling mistake...

Tinderbox Winter banner

Hi everybody! Just a bit of fun I had this morning with the banner idea. Thought of doing something on the snow before it's all gone. Could clone out that little spot under the i, didn't notice it when i was taking the photo! I reduced the size to the dimensions you said, Elida, is that size alright?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Tinderbox banners!

The question is: wanna play the banner game?
Let us all make Tinderbox banners!
Let us refresh the blog with them.

Deadline: January 8th (one whole month to think and do)
Dimensions: 818 pixels wide by 150-200 pixels high at 72 dpi
Freestyle: photograph it, draw it, paint it, stitch it, cut it, sculpt it, surprise us all.
Send to: tinderboxnetwork[at]

We will have a ton of banners to keep the blog fresh and it will be fab to see the wide variety of styles!
So that is my question!
Wanna play the banner game? 

Christmas cuts

Here's some of my cards for the Christmas Crafty Market. Would love to see other Tinderboxer's cards up here for anyone who couldn't make it to the market like me!

Melted Record Bowls!

So easy, you just melt and go!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

mr steve o'connor


i'd like to introduce you to my good friend mr steve o'connor, this rascal is currently living in new york, and he's just uploaded his brand new website - . i very much encourage you to visit the website, and pronounce it, aloud, to all your friends and enemies.

all the best,

your pal,

mr steve mccarthy

Christmas Magic.....

I had a little Christmas stocking workshop in my kitchen, listening to Christmas FM, these are some of  the results..x
Ive taken up knitting, this is the first completed thing I`ve made, a cowl scarf.
Knitting fever has now landed!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Tinderbox at the Crafty Market!

Hi everybody, here are some photographs of the Tinderbox basket of Christmas cards at the Crafty Market yesterday. There were some sales, some cards did better than others in that respect, but they all got looked at and admired by people, great feedback on all of them, so well done to everybody! It’s a pity some of the cards didn’t make it on time because of the snow.

The money collected in total for the cards was 25 euro. I noted down what the individual earnings were. If each person is happy for all or part of the money earned by them to go towards the funding of the next Tinderbox project let me know.

After the experience, I think a few things could have been done better display-wise, and may be for next time we could think of the following:

- Container for the cards: Although quite a few people flicked through the cards in the basket, I felt they weren’t paying attention to the dividers I’d made, I don’t think they really worked, some people were still asking me if I’d made some cards that weren’t mine! I left some cards outside the basket onto the table and those got looked at more. If I’d had more space I’d have put more cards onto the table like that. May be next time if a table is just booked for Tinderbox cards or another project they could all just be spread onto the table. Also some of the cards, like Elida’s, had a lot of interesting detail on the inside but when people were flicking through they were just looking at what was on the cover.

- Pricing and information about the cards: as the prices of the cards varied I decided not to put a price onto Claire’s poster and just let people ask. I had a separate sheet with all the details but I didn’t have room to put it beside the basket. I feel a lot of people don’t buy something when they don’t see the price is right there, are reluctant to ask. Halfway through I put on a little sticker onto the table saying ‘hand-made cards from 2 euro’ and may be it was just coincidence but there were some sales made after that. I should have put that onto the space Claire left on her poster but at the time I thought it would spoil it. Again, just spreading the cards onto a table would have been better for that. Prices and other information about the cards could have been put on clearly beside each set of cards.

So anyway, I think it was a great experience, well worth it. Thanks a lot to everybody that took part and that helped me with the preparations and on the day of the market.

If anybody hears or can think of another opening for the Tinderbox Xmas cards before Christmas we could get all the cards together again, but I won’t be able to organize it this time, too busy! But there’s always next year. May be we could book a table just for the Tinderbox Christmas cards between a few of us, what do you think, one with space for two people at least to sit behind, we didn’t have that this time! May be other artwork could be displayed along with the cards too.

Well, in the meantime, just in case I don’t visit the blog again before, HAPPY CHRISTMAS to everybody!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Potatographic Xmas cards

This is a taste of the 30 potatographies I made for the (Tinder)Box at the Crafty Market.

I love potatography!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Starting to feel Christmassy in Paris

Galleries LaFayette decorations. I'm not usually excited by Christms decorations, but this was so very pretty. Click on the image for the full effect.

Snoods for the Snow......

Hello lads and lassies, Hope you`ve all got your hot water bottles up your jumpers!
Heres a glimpse of some snoods, neckpieces, belts and brooches I`m making.
Some more pics at or Folksong Designs at facebook.
Thanks. Appreciate your support
keep Warm and Toasty.Sinéad x

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Dublin Christmas cards

At last I've settled on a design for my cards for the Tinderbox Christmas cards box at the Crafty Market next Sunday! I was very happy it snowed this weekend, because I wasn't totally convinced with the images I had thought of using. I was out yesterday and today taking photographs around the city centre. I have three other images I'll use on the cards as well as these ones.
For making the cards I used A4 card paper which I cut in half. Took me ages to figure out how to get the Merry Xmas message and my copyright details at the back to print onto the right place onto the A4 sheet! I'm printing the photos onto white card paper, cutting and glueing them onto the cards. What do you think of them?

Friday, November 26, 2010

Tinderbox Xmas cards poster

Hi, everybody! This is the poster designed by Claire that's going to be put onto the Tinderbox Xmas card box-hamper at the Crafty Market on Sunday the 5th of December, I love its antique look, I think it's going to look wonderful!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tinderbox Xmas card case

Hi everybody! This is the case that's finally going to represent Tinderbox at the Crafty Market on the 5th of December. It was originally a hamper. It's going to hold Christmas cards designed by different Tinderbox artists. I'm going to make some dividers out of some burgundy red card paper I have at home with the names of the artists on the top so as to make it clear for people flicking through the cards. So far contributing are Leo, Michael, Yellowhammer, Elida, Lucky Fish, Emma, Damien and Michelle. Claire is going to send me a poster that I'll put onto the top part of the lid. Hopefully the case will get to travel to other markets as the opportunities come up before Christmas. If you want more information about this or want your cards to go into the case too send a message to:

Could everybody also send me their name as they want it to appear onto the divider, please?

See you all on the 5th, looking forward to seeing your cards!

P.s. What do people think of the tinsel? I could leave it out, the case with the cards and Claire's poster should be Christmassy enough. Also debating about whether to put on some very small red Xmas lights I have at home, battery operated, around the top part of the lid.

Saturday, November 20, 2010


hi guys, i just wanted announce a little project i've been working on called souvenir, souvenir will be a visual mix-tape, sent out every fortnight, containing exclusive artwork, invites and music playlists. this is no big deal, but definitely something i'd like to share.

if you think you would like to take part - just send an e-mail to -


your pal,

mr steve mccarthy -

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New Documentary Project

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to show my preliminary poster for an upcoming documentary I'm working on about my Grandmother. She has been in a home now for a couple of years and suffers from Alzhemiers. Through this documentary I hope to show that Alzheimers is not the end for your friends or loved ones, you haven't lost them, all you have to do is hold on to them. The documentary focuses on the relationship between my mother and my Grandmother and how through constant visits and a lot of love, the woman we knew will never be lost.

Hope you like the poster and any feedback would be much appreciated.



Sunday, November 14, 2010

I saw this yesterday... the Irish Times, under an article about Take That - Tinderbox!

Well done lads and ladies

Friday, November 12, 2010

Matthew Griffin - Punt magazine cover - step by step

Saw this on the site. Its a great piece on how Matthew Griffin responded to a "do anything you like" brief for the cover of Punt Magazine

Concern Fastival 2010

Hey everyone,

I recently did character designs & illustrations for the Concern Fastival 2010 TV ad.

The fast is taking place on the 25th & 26th November & there's also gigs & other activities taking place across the country on those nights with all the proceeds going to Concern.

You can find out more about the Fast on or you can register online here. And if you don't feel like taking part you can always sponsor me on this link!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

London Exhibition Space - Free!

Hi Guys,

If anyone is London based or fancies having their work shown here, a gallery down the road from me has fantastic offer. Its near the top of Holloway Road.

Exhibition space is free, and they dont take commission on the work. A "very small charge towards running costs will be required" but thats not bad deal overall!

Think its 3 week slots from February to July.

"TO AND FOR began as a roving gallery in Archway, utilising empty commercial properties as exhibition and workshop space. Since it's inception in July 2009, TO AND FOR's reputation and following has steadily grown, now establishing itself as a more permanent gallery on the Holloway Road and also running creative workshops and an eclectic range of one-off artist talks and events.  Our sole aim is to provide a platform for fresh and innovative artists while simultaneously filling a void in the provision for contemporary arts in this area of London. A registered charity, voluntarily run and taking no commission for any artworks sold, TO AND FOR wants to give an insight into current artistic practices and to create an inviting gallery setting where ideas can be created and exchanged.

TO AND FOR Gallery is now calling for exhibition proposals from single artists or groups of artists to take over the space for up to three weeks in between February and July 2011.

Each proposal submitted will undergo a selection process by a panel of gallery trustees and gallery volunteers. All ideas for proposals will be accepted but the selection panel may favour those proposals that are innovative or have a clear concept or that bare some relevance to the area surrounding the gallery.

 Hire of the exhibition space is free of charge.

A very small charge towards running costs will be required and printed publicity is to be provided by the contributing artist(s). We also ask that the artist(s) commit to some of the invigilation of the exhibition  as we believe this enhances our visitors’ experience of the exhibition if the artist is on hand to talk about and discuss their work, and we aim to create a nice atmosphere for people to meet and interact! TO AND FOR volunteers will also assist with invigilation.

All the info is at their site below:

Be cool to have Tinderbox exhibition over here too!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tinderbox at Independents Day and an idea

Hi everybody! Here's a picture of Tinderbox at Independents Day. Elida's wonderful headphones creation to listen to the Heartstrings Collective drawings' songs were popular!
Click below for some more photos of the day:



ART EXHIBITION SLIDESHOW: myself and Elida had entries in it. I wonder if it would be possible to have a Tinderbox entry for another year, may be with people submitting one work each around a certain topic? Or we could also try at another exhibition place somewhere else. I've been looking around the web and found this place, seems quite good:
Ormond Studios

I could check out how much it would be and if everybody taking part chips in a bit it should be quite affordable. If anybody else has any suggestions for an exhibition space, put in a comment here. My idea is for this exhibition to include any type of art: photography, illustration, film (if the space can accommodate screenings), anything, as long as it's all around whichever topic we choose! Post any ideas you might have about this on the blog please.

Another idea would be to do the exhibition based around Jane's wonderful Heartstrings Collective song drawings project, which already produced such great work for Independents Day (scroll down the posts please) and opening it to further submissions by photographers and other kinds of artists. What do you think about it Jane?

Till next time. May be I'll meet quite a few of you at the Photography Auction in aid of Alzheimers (see my previous post)!


Pepper Morrison, a report on Independents' Day

For those who could not make it to the Independents' Day fair, here is a fun report with pictures by the great Pepper Morrison.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tinderbox Heartstrings Collective (song drawings) WAS massive !!!!!!

ciaran l channelling sinnitta
jane agus elida
the front cover of zine
Hi everyone , just a teaser of whats to follow when I regain control over my mind \hand movements !
We took lots of photos at the stall and will post them soon soon soon .
Just to say , it WAS worth all the hard work , it will and CAN lead on to so many other things , it was lovely to meet you elida,esther,eoghan, lucky , sarah, leo, emma and ciaran .
We had fun at the stall and felt really part of the day.
I have kept a zine for all those who collaborated on the project , it costs 6 euro = 1.50 P&P This covers the printng etc ...any extra monies will go towards the next chapter of heartstrings.
Please let me know a.s.a.p if you want one as they are nearly all gone .
So that will be the first limited edition of 20 in that particular form . Please mention this on facebook, it may be of interest to tinderboxers that may not be paying attention on the blog :)
No worries if you were not able to be in on this , you are keeping tinderbox going however you are able to support it and if you would like to mix it up for the next chapter .....please please do not be shy,put up a suggestion on the blog .

Monday, November 8, 2010

Tinderbox at Independents Day and a photography event announcement

Hi, everybody! Here's some of the wonderful drawings done on the tablecloth of the Tinderbox Stall at Independents Day yesterday by some of the artists collaborating in the Heartstring Collection project organized by Jane. It was a great day, really enjoyed meeting everybody and the Heartstring Collection did really well!
I have a quick announcement to make for people interested in photography, sorry it's such short notice but I only found out about this over the weekend. There's going to be a photography auction on the 25th of November in aid of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and today is the closing date for submission of photographs. You email the photo to them and if your photo is chosen you'll be asked to print it yourself but the mounting or framing can be done by the event organizers if you so choose. Photo size must be 8R (8” X 10”) or 10R (10” X 12”) and the donated photographs will receive 5% of the bid. More details here:
Photography Auction in aid of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland

I'm going to attend whether my photo gets chosen or not and I thought it would be a good opportunity to get other people from Tinderbox that are interested in photography together, or anybody at all, even if you're not so much into photography you might like to go there too!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Missing songs


I am putting all the songs in an mp3 player, so people buying the Heartstrings album/publication can listen to the songs that triggered those fan tas tic drawings.

I have collected all the songs except:

- Half Light1 by Arcade Fire (drawn by Alan Nagle)

- Everybody is talking at me by Harry Nilsson (?) (drawn by Emma Rowe) (GOT IT NOW, thank you Emma)

- All you need is love was not true by Xinlisupreme (drawn by Ciaran L.) (GOT IT NOW, thanks Ciaran)

- Wake Me Up When September Comes (by Green Day) (drawn by Noirin)

Could any of you, tinderboxers email them to me? elida.maiques[at]

Thanks a lot!

:] elida.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Who and When at Tinderbox stall, Independents' Day

Let me summarise who offered to be at the stall at what times.
Jane, Esther, and myself will be around all day, so we can fill the gaps.
Leo, Lucky Fish, Sarah, don't worry, you won't be alone there!

Leo 12-1pm
Lucky Fish and Ciaran L. 1-2pm
Emma Rowe 2-3pm
Sarah Bowie 3-4pm

If anybody else is interested, please say so. Always more fun to have a friend with you at the stall.
:] elida.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Tinderbox Heartstrings, cover for Yellowhammer

Yellowhammer, the rest you will have to come and see!
:]] elida.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tinderbox Heartstrings Collective - a 7'' cover

Hi all,
This is an appetizer: I found a bunch of 7'' gems like this in Spain.
For the Heartstrings Song Drawings project.
Jane found another bunch in England.
I thought you'd like to see one of the jackets for our drawings.

Also, two ideas for Independents' Day this Sunday:
1. A gang
It would be great if we are a gang at Independents' Day, that way we can take turns and go browse the rest of stalls. As I am helping with the screening of Independents' Day I will have to go off now and then.
Will you come and command? Please? :]]

2. Tablecloth, tablepaper
We can make it into a game, I was thinking of covering our table with a large piece of drawing paper and spending the day covering it in collage, drawings, fingerprints, etc.

The fair is 12 to 5pm.
Up for it? Drop a comment, please, say what you think. :]


Monday, November 1, 2010

Illustration of Anna Bhushan

Many more unique and fascinating images here :
Just come across this very special work which I can not resist sharing!

Tinderbox Heartstrings Collective drawings. It is all under control really ...really)

Hi everyone , just a quick hello and to say a massive THANK YOU to all the peeps that were able to collaborate on the project.
I am so pleased that I was brave that day and mentioned it !
The drawings are so full of life,all of them .
Well done ♥♥
I will let you know how I get on with it and hope to meet you on sunday at the independants day .
A special thank you publically to elida who is a great Robin x

Sunday, October 31, 2010


My collaboration to the suggestion of Jane. It is made from the song "Parapluie" from Georges Brassens. Yann Tiersen has made a great cover of it. The line is : "Un petit coin de parapluie pour un coin de paradis."

'Brainbelt' Exhibition Launch

Hi all, just a reminder about the 'Brainbelt Illustration Collective' exhibition, its launching tomorrow, as part of Design Week 2010.
Where: 'The Centre for Creative Practices', 15 Lower Pembroke St., Dublin 2 (just off Baggot St.)
When: The exhibition launches tomorrow, November 1st, 7–10pm and the show will run daily from 11.30–6pm until November 7th.

Would love to see you there! :)