Monday, December 10, 2012

The Museum of Everything

I went to this exhibition recently and thought I'd share it. I love the concept and the collection itself ranges from really weird to a certain type of wonderful!

The Museum of Everything is the world’s only travelling museum for the undiscovered, unintentional and untrained artists of the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries, with over 300,000 visitors since its creation in 2009.

The Museum of Everything works with leading international artists, curators and thinkers.
In October 2012, The Museum of Everything presents Exhibition #1.1 in Paris at The Chalet Society, the radical new art project helmed by Marc-Olivier Wahler, former Director and Chief Curator of Le Palais de Tokyo.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Showing and Telling - Recent work

This is a piece that I have been working on recently. I was reluctant to post it as I am not at all happy with it (yet).
I have been playing with these organic forms in my work for ages now and I'm beginning to find them stiff and unexpressive, is it just me?

I began this piece with the aim of combining my life drawing style and my illustration style, which, are strangely miles apart.

I would appreciate any feedback you have.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Eleanor Davis

Its nice that says:
Eleanor Davis has more illustrative skill than most people would know what to do with. The American creative spends her days, nights, and probably all the time in between producing a staggering volume of comics, editorial illustration and children’s work, not to mention a healthy dose of personal work (what the hell else are you supposed to do with all that talent?) in all sorts of media.

I say... Loving her work.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Le Praxinoscope & le Zoetrope

I visited the Musée des Arts Décoratifs recently and was happy to see some praxinoscopes and zoetropes!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Sharp Suits - A Creative Catharsis exhibition

This sounds like a fun exhibition for anyone who's ever had to deal with a client from hell and their soul crushing requests.

The work will be exhibited by the kind folks at The Little Green Café, Bar and Gallery. The exhibition kicks off with a few drinks on Friday, November 2nd at 5pm, where A3 prints of all entries will be on sale for only €10, with all proceeds going to Temple Street, and runs until Wednesday 7th.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Paul Rand Exhibition

Just noticed there's an exhibition of Paul Rand's work on at Ebow Gallery from 2nd - 16th November as part of Design Week 2012, with an accompanying lecture on the 5th November in DIT.

Show and tell!

Are you currently working on a project? Have you recently created something you're proud of? Why not share it on with us here at Tinderbox. We're here for support, advice and feedback!

Animation tutorials from Animade

"Super short animation tutorials with an emphasis on simple effective movement."

Article on

Animade portfolio
Animade's very cute facebook 'like' link

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


I saw this post this morning and just loved the absurdity of the idea, as well as the actual images produced. *LINK*

"In 1908 Dr Julius Neubronner patented a miniature pigeon camera activated by a timing mechanism. The invention brought him international notability after he presented it at international expositions in Dresden, Frankfurt and Paris in 1909–1911. Spectators in Dresden could watch the arrival of the camera-equipped carrier pigeons, and the photos were immediately developed and turned into postcards which could be purchased."

(All images from the National Air & Space Museum Spy Technology Section via Wikimedia Commons

Monday, October 22, 2012

Cycling with Ellen

Cycling with Ellen from Paddy Cahill on Vimeo.

"Ellen Rowley is an Architectural Historian who lives with her family in Ballybough, Dublin.
We went for a cycle with Ellen and looked at the architectural heritage around parts of Dublin that often goes ignored, the architecture of the 20th Century and her special interest the social housing schemes by the former prolific city architect Herbert Simms."

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Gods and Monsters of Tomorrow 
A launch will be held at
The Little Green Gallery,
13 High Street, Dublin 8
on October 19th at 7.00pm 

Sunday, September 23, 2012


SURPRISE JANE!!! look at your beautiful image : ) ! So here's a little peek of Gods and Monsters of Tomorrow, this picture was taken by Orla over at The Picture Works who did a GREAT job at printing the book, there will be a launch soon for this little monster!!! To find out more about our cover artist Jane O'Sullivan click HERE  

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Over there! Block T darkroom exhibition

Over there! by Esther Moliné
Over there! a photo by Esther Moliné on Flickr.
Hi everybody! I'm very excited to be taking part in a darkroom students exhibition organized by BlockT in Dublin next Friday the 21st (6-11pm). It will coincide with Culture night (see programme) and will run over the whole weekend. I'll exhibit in it a series of 'Street moments', three photographs I developed and printed during my Introduction to the darkroom course in BlockT, this will be one of them. The opening is on the Friday from 6 till 11 and you're all invited, there will be wine and nibblies! Also there are free photogram workshops you might be interested in. I made photograms during the course I did there and it's lots of fun!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fantastic Oppurtunity !!!!!!

The Mill Theatre | Call for Illustrators

Deadline: 30th September at 5.30pm | The Mill Theatre, Dundrum, Dublin.
This season we will celebrate the wonderful art of illustration. A remarkably visual writer, grew out of a tradition where illustration formed a significant part of both serial and book. His works inspired many artists to recreate scenes and characters. Illustration has enriched the world of art and literature. Quentin Blake’s illustrations for Roald Dahl’s books are still magical to children today. Indeed, many illustrations from childhood stories remain safely tucked in our minds ready to appear surreptitiously when memories are jogged.
If you are an illustrator and would like to submit work, please check out our Gallery Page on for full details or email

hi guys , I havent posted here in a long time ,,but I know that there are some serious good illustrators within tinderbox....spread the word on this opp and please will someone put it on facebook.

I am well , I enjoyed the Dublin Zine Fair and am busy with submissions and a few collaborations. more info and images ***
drawings from our hearts
janes blog

Monday, September 10, 2012

Pick Me Up - Shout Out!

Hey just found this yesterday, its a call for entries for Pick Me Up 2013.

Pick Me Up, the UK's first contemporary graphic art fair, returns for its fourth successive year in April 2013 (exact dates TBC). Somerset House invites applications from artists, collectives and galleries wishing to participate" i have been to Pick Me Up the last two years and it is a really good show in a great location in London which is heavily advertised. This is just a little tester to see who would be interesting in getting involved, workwise and helping out as there will be a lot of work but i think it would be well worth it. So if you're interested please comment below. Oh if there are any London based "Tinderboxers" please make yourself know as well as it wouldn't hurt for us to know each other anyway. It really is great event, and would be great to be involved. Applications should be received by 5pm on Friday 28 September so now is the time to get moving on it. This is little taster of last year's event: Thanks Lee & Michael

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Bluebird from The Last Night of the Earth Poems (1992) by Charles Bukowski, read by Harry Dean Stanton

Charles Bukowski

Charity art auction, they're looking for submissions!

Hi guys, I'm very happy to be contributing a framed print of this photo to an art charity auction and exhibition organized by the S.C.O.O.P Foundation, in aid of children in India. The auction will be on the 14th of October in the Ormond Wine Bar (6 Ormond Quay, Dublin), and my photograph is already hanging there for everybody to see! If anybody's interested in submitting an art piece here's the email:

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

'Open Book | Leabhar Oscailte'

'Open Book | Leabhar Oscailte' 

Invitation to a solo exhibition by Kathy O' Leary

Of new multidisciplinary artworks including Experimental short films,
Digital and Contemporary Etching prints, photography,
interactive word/text-play and sculpture

The exhibition will be opened by Irish Visual Artist
Vivienne Roche

On Saturday 15th of September @ 3pm,
The Working Artists Studio Gallery,
71 North Street, Skibbereen, Co. Cork

The exhibition will run until Saturday 13th of October

For more details contact Kathy on

All welcome

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

We are funded!!

So we are now 106% funded, 
Thank you...Roisin Keane, Tomas Nolan, Gillian O'Hea, Paddy Lynch, Garret Shanley, Claire Gallagher, Aileen Crossley, Helena Tobin, Vicky Paredes, Patrick Brown, Dorothee Meyer, Carol Paredes, Fran Tyrrell, Vivienne Baillie, Eoghan Carroll, J D, Michelle Cunningham, Niall O'Connor Sinead Scott, Conor Blessing, Anna Soler Cepria, Mary Rafferty, Michaela Tobin, Silvia Soler, Brian Stapleton, Bryan Hanley, Colm McGowan, Taidgh Lynch, Jane O'Sullivan, Marta M, Esther Moline Steve McCarthy, Craig Connor, Johnner, Jane Burns, Damien Martin, Nigel Flood, Ann Marie Clancy, Stephen McNally, Anne Hennessy, Suri Grennell, ESC Zine, Gavin Rowe, Darragh Doyle Noirin Collins, Blanca Fons, Pilar Garrido, Denise O' Donnell, Emma Barrett, Alfredo Tobena, Linda Austen and Tania Banotti. THANK YOU!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Bernard Shaw Exhibition

I've got some work on show in The Bernard Shaw for the next month. There's a little launch night tomorrow, friday the 10th, at around 7pm. Would love to see you guys there!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


It's here!!, please help me and Elida publish the book. It also features some awesome tinderbox members too!

Monday, July 16, 2012

The 9 eyes of Google maps, artist Jon Rafman


For the past number of years, artist Jon Rafman has been collecting these incredible images from Google street view.

Friday, June 8, 2012

some cheering up favourites from jane in a rather WET co.mayo (ssssshhhhccchhh this rain !!)

always lovely work from artist cornelia o'donovan,take a look at her blog , she is quite open about how she works and is just so JOYFUL .

A sweet new blog for analog drawings , ie made with just old school pens paint etc , no tablets (maybe ones you eat are okay.....) .
She (angela dalinger) takes submissions too for her analog drawings blog.

Look at her new book , I bought it , its beautifully made (by hand !)

I want to shout out to all in tinderbox to make your next post an image of your own work .......I know that I have just posted other artists work today and I hope you enjoy them , but I would love to see some TINDERBOX beauties , drawings , papercuts (damo) , cartoons, dolls,maybe a macrame plant holder ......
I,,ll show you mine , if you ........
jane x

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Nobrow Press. No Man's Land by Blexbolex

Flying the flag for high-quality book design, at a time when it has been described as a dying medium, Nobrow provide an independent platform for graphic art, Illustration and art comics in the UK and abroad.

Nobrow site
Book review on

For the past few years I have been aware of the work of Nobrow, but mostly by seeing images online; that is, until my local art book shop here in Paris started stocking their books. Their style of book making is so distinctive, the paper quality, the form and content, the Nobrow books are special objects helping to remind me of the joy of books.

No man's land, by Blexbolex caught my eye in particular for its rich screen-print style.

About Blexbolex

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Eagleman Stag

This is a really great stop motion animation by Mikey Please that has a real papercraft feel to it. There's a brief making of video and some behind the scenes pics here.

martha vershaffel (again)

as you know I have a great love for marthas work ,I received this her new zine yesterday and it is a beautiful production. It is screenprinted and hand sewn ....the subject matter is bleak but so well drawn ,its utterly poignant and I just wanted to share it with you . Treat yourself to a n inspiring piece of art ....11 euros (includes p&P)
hope everybodies busy making some killing work jane x
marthas blog 
other post on martha

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tinderboxers at Independants Day!

truth is my identity
concertina book
edition of 6
jane o sullivan
she is really quite quick actually ......comic book artist extraordinaire elida maiques folding the latest edition of her comic SLOW.
jane stalling out
elida and sam ♡♡

Some members of our collective showed their work at the very recent fair, for independant publishers.
It was held in the dublin food co-op and was a celebration of D.I.Y. culture in zine , artist books,  music and crafts with a truelly independant attitude.
Elida ,Jane,Esther and Richael had a presence , it was a super turn out and a very cool atmostphere.
With bands playing, delish veggie food, with lots of appreciation and encouragement for our individual and collective works.
It was lovely to meet up with eoghan carroll, sam maiques carroll,and denise nestor....thanks guys for showing your support big time and sharing the love.
Its fantastic to know that gods and monsters is alive and kicking , watch this space for upcoming news.
We are all now really looking forward to the upcoming dublin zine fair in august.

Please post any other photos you may have of the day :)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Kate Merritt, Illustration

Kate Merritt

Lovely lovely illustrations by Kate.
So cute!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Independents Day Sunday 22nd

Hi everybody. Here's the great poster Elida made for this year's Independent's Day. We have two tables booked so plenty of room if anybody would like to participate and try and sell some of their art or just come to say hello. Elida and Emma are going to bring Tinderbox zines to sell and I'll have prints of my photos and I'll display a copy of my book 'Dublin graffiti walkers'. There will be lots of live music acts, should be fun!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

New video from Feist featuring photos from Irina Werning's "Back to the Future" project. Nice. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Good bye Moebius


This drawing is my little tribute to the late Jean Giraud, Moebius, who died March 10th, 2012.
He changed the landscape of illustration, comics, sci-fi and cinema (contributing to movies like Alien). If you are not familiar with him, a good place to start is this article on Comics Alliance.

Of his most recent work, "Inside Moebius" is a fun reminder of how he bent the rules of comics and sci-fi into a Moebius strip.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Fireworks (2008)

Usually I upload new work here, but I found this collection of fireworks and thought that I would share it with you- they have such fantastic packaging

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


I kept seeing the same poster all over Paris and wondered what it was all about.
Just for fun, I took a phone-photo everytime I saw it and made a little animated gif for my blog.

I looked at it again the other day, only to see that, the Everywhere folks had replied!

I thought it might be a fun thing to spread to Ireland (everywhere the other Tinderboxers are).

Check out their site.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

did something a little different yesterday.. went with Mark and couple of his friends, to a life drawing class with a twist!

Haven't done life drawing since I left college so was a little rusty! The classes are modeled by burlesque performers...You are supposed to not take the drawing part too seriously and so they ask you to place the model in imagined scenes - most were pretty good at doing this but I found it hard to NOT try to draw it realistically.. and only added the French flag and the top of the Eiffel tower in the last two seconds (imagined scene was supposed to be somewhere romantic)

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Marjane Satrapi

The Iranian Director and Graphic Novelist Reflects On Her Early Influences

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Independents Day 2012!

Hi everybody! Sorry I haven't been very active here lately, been pretty busy... A date has been set for Independent's Day on Sunday the 22nd of April. How about doing a Tinderbox stall? It's 5 euro per table. Can book a full table, or even two if enough people are interested. We could sell zines, art prints, photographs, crafts, textiles, whatever you have, and it would be a nice chance to get together again!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Love Is Making Its Way Back Home

Here's a great papercut animation for Josh Ritter’s “Love Is Making Its Way Back Home”, made from over 12,000 pieces of construction paper by Prominent Figures

(thanks to Emma for the link!)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Martha Vershaffel

Martha Vershaffel is a fantastic artist working out of Belgium within the comic book/ zine/art world but with a totally fine art sensibility....her work is definately worth checking out.
She is very prolific making her own zines and books and collaborates with many other artist publications.

Here is an interesting insight to her process, look too at the other links on this latvian comic /zine blog, there are some rare ones indeed.

Also go to marthas blog and her flickr for a peek at what she does.
I think that marthas work may inspire peeps for the upcoming independants day april 22nd and the second dublin zine fair , later in the summer.
It is personal, she works from dreams and nightmares often and celebrates the handmade gloriously in her process.