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2.Wanderer in a timeless world_Sinead Connaughton, Joe Farrell, Emma Andrews, Mingyue Fang, Jiang Qinyu
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No.32 WAR-DLE - Lino-cut on card

WAR-DLE - Lino-cut on card. Inspired by ‘Wordle’ (online puzzle) and the current war in Ukraine. War is not just an attack on people but also on their culture and identity. The Celtic letters reflect how Irish culture and identity has also survived war and oppression.

 

Leo Mulligan

No.31 Our words are quantum then/now

Selected spreads from a self-published magazine exploring the role of words in transforming human thought in the ever-present now, into the substantive 'matter' upon which cultural and economic systems are built.

 

Eoin Heffernan

No.30 NOW, what's the difference?

The Russian war in Ukraine has me depressed, saddened by the stupidity of war I decided to look at conflict over the last number of years and I found that nothing really changes. While I was at it I had a peek at what's happening with our planet, guess what? That's depressing too. Enjoy!  

 

Stephen Dullaghan

No.29 Traditional Rag Tree

Created by 2nd class of Our Lady of Mercy Junior School. Highlighting the multi ethnicity of our modern day students..

No.28 Embrace

The simple gesture of a Hug can mean so much and can leave a lasting impression, something we can take for granted but shouldn’t Artwork created working over the winter months with a fantastic group of children from the Eisteacht group who came from all around County Meath. Planned and delivered with Tusla Meath Child & Family Support Network Coordinators out of Navan Family Resource Centre. The artwork will be displayed on an external wall in the FRC following this exhibition..

 

Mark Smith and Tusla Participants

No.27 @lettersofnewyork

Documenting New York's visual culture and typographic history through its vast range of hand-painted signs, and one off lettering. His work highlights hidden gems that are often overlooked by busy New Yorkers.

 

Dermot Hall

No.26 Then/Now_The next wave

Trying to re-capture the visual impact of a publication. Celebrating the studios and designers that have influenced me.

 

Hugh Tarpey

No.25 

A selection of posters and 3D letters from Year 1 BA Graphic Design TUS Athlone Type Trail Posters

No.24 The Choices We Make

We have many decisions to make now. The choices we decide affect how our future looks. We can build our future on the back of the present.

 

Cathal Sherlock

No.23 Agape

In the beginning, humans were androgynous according to Aristophanes. We were once endowed with four legs, four arms and a head with two faces, with which we could look forwards as well as backwards. A mighty construction, which made the gods seriously uneasy. Fearing this overly versatile creature and as an alternative to total destruction, Zeus, the Greek king of the gods, came up with the idea of splitting it up in an emergency meeting to limit its power. Moreover, this way there would suddenly be twice as many people to worship the gods. He used his lightning to split the human in two, and that was that. Only... the supreme god had not thought through the consequences very well: instead of worshipping the gods, man began to search frantically for his other half. 

 

Aimee Van den Broeke

No.22 Anois

Time to save our signs! @Signwriteire was launched in 2021, following the ground-breaking Creative Ireland/Kilkenny County Council commissioned Kilkenny Traditional Shopfront Signage Project (KTSSP). This research attempts to shine a light on, learn from and create value around this long-overlooked element of Ireland’s rich cultural, graphic heritage of crafted fascia letters. Finally, it aims to record and analyse the ones that still exist, understand and lament the ones long gone, and conserve and protect the ones that are disappearing before our very eyes.

 

Dee Maher Ring

No.21 Now is New and New is Now

Now is New and New is Now - is a collaborative piece explores the  interchangeability of the words now and new. We are all only in this very present moment when NOW IS NEW while the past is memory and the future is unknown.

 

David Newton and Shaneski

No.20 Sometimes I just need a walk

My Project aims to capture that exact transition when little things turn your mood into a better one.

 

Malte Driesner

No.19 Then/Now _The next wave

Trying to re-capture the visual impact of a publication. Celebrating the studios and designers that have influenced me.

 

Hugh Tarpey

No.18 Wandered in a timeless world

A time travelling story that explores the importance of living in the now and how we shouldn’t take type and language for granted.

 

Sinead Connaughton, Joe Farrell, Emma Andrews, Mingyue Fang, Jiang Qinyu

No.17  Nu

Here he combines two of his passions: paper and typography. The large scale papercut is based on vertically placed Bauhaus inspired letters and plays with symmetry and transparency, presenting multiple points of view.

 

Paul Bokslag

No.16 Hamilton Wood Type

The beauty of Hamilton's type, is best utilized by what we do with it NOW. Our poster mixes Legacy Type, recently cut with 100 year old characters from our Collection.

 

Jim Moran

No.15 Rephrase, Repeat, Recall

This piece explores the 'nows' that came before us; their shapes, colours and what we still see echoed in our visual culture today.

 

Megan McDermot

No.14 

Within my practice I think about non referential artworks which highlight the present moment, through subversion of traditional materials, techniques or expectations.

 

Derick Smith

No.13 Typography Now

Typography Now - is an expression of how transient typography and design can be. Unless we slow down our digital existence to create by hand, craft and hone the skills that ignited our passion for design in the first instance, it will become a soulless act. Typography’s lifecycle shouldn’t one of singular consumption, it’s something that should be held up to the light, examined/discussed and ultimately treasured for its beauty. Be present, be here now.

 

Dealgán Campbill

No.12 'Now Say Nay, Say A-OK'

It might sound like nonsense, but there’s a story behind it that gives it a cultural meaning! Exploring Welsh pioneers in Science and the Arts; poet Dylan Thomas and NASA space engineer Tec Roberts, students have taken their words and assembled them into an uplifting celebration of Welsh Culture and History, how imaginative, innovative people have created amazing things that inspire others now and into the future. The phrase is Now Say Nay (from Dylan Thomas's poem 'Now') Say A-OK (from Tec Roberts, the Welsh NASA engineer who created the communication system that allowed us all to hear Neil Armstrong's famous speech as the first man on the moon...!) NOW SAY NAY…..

 

Students from St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School

No.11  Forgotten Signage

This alphabet montage was created as part of my undergraduate degree show in 2009 using elements of forgotten signage from Dublin City Centre. "This project is a starting point. I wanted to document the signage I see when I walk around Dublin which will one day disappear due to redevelopment. I wanted to see if you put an individual mark on something, will it make it easier to find your way around..." Looking at this work now, it is a snapshot of and a love letter to a city that has rapidly changed over the past decade.

 

Sarah Usher

No.10  KK.EE.LL.SS.

The book of Kells, one of the most famous illuminated manuscripts from medieval times. These very colourful and precious compositions spark the imagination while unveiling the architecture from these times. With this abstract and contemporary alphabet that has been created, I attempt to reveal what appeared to us as obvious. In this very surprising book, the illustration seems to sublimate the architecture that originally housed it. Thus, the project proposes to explore the potentialities and declinations of these structures, creating a typography, which builds a link between the middle age and our contemporary societies.

 

Yannick Martin

No.9  Irish Type

Irish Type is an ongoing project documenting elements of found Irish typography around Ireland, ranging from detailed shopfronts to handmade signs at the roadside, this project aims to highlight and celebrate the vernacular of Irish typography.

 

James Kelly

No.8  Fast Fashion

Fast Fashion makes shopping for clothes more affordable, but it comes at an environmental cost.

 

Julia Borisenko

No.7  Anois

Based on the dreaded Irish oral exam for the Leaving Cert, with the introduction 'Read NOW carefully, your exam paper, the instructions and questions relating to part A...' all our futures seemed concentrated completely on that small moment in time, anticipating the click of the clunky analogue buttons, the tension of the crinkling burr of the cassette tape rolling, the startling jolt of that ‘BEEP’ and then, the deluge of words tumbling out in a muffle of shadowy strangeness as if an echo from a dusty past. Grasping to identify hurtling snippets of tenses; the past, present and future and the bewildering modh coinníollach-the tense that something 'might happen or would or should happen'. A reflection on the past.

 

Catriona Moore

No.6 Now For Yeh!

I’ve done something for you as a simple gesture to show I care for you, based on youthful memory of a cuppa tea been placed on the edge of kitchen table in Dundalk.

 

Mark Smith

No.5  'This Is Where I Am Right Now'

By printing a self-portrait merged with peeling paint and stitching on organza fabric Suella Holland represents the seen and unseen, hidden truths, veiling and obscurity. The cracks in the paint are metaphors for wounds and scars but by peeling back the layers she is exposing that which has been covered over allowing for truth to be revealed. The embroidered stitching alludes to subversive stitching and healing and the choice of Gregg shorthand allows for  protection of the self. ‘This Is Where I Am Right Now’ is an honest portrait of an artist who is at a mid-way point between revealing and concealing secrets that have been hidden for too long.

 

Suella Holland

No.4 36 Days of Type

36 Days of Type -  This a yearly project that invites designers all around the world to create typographic designs every day. I decided to take part in the challenge this year as a personal project, sharing my work every day on social media.

 

Adam Hunter

No.2 The Rioter
If you flick through the design history books, you’ll notice that pretty much all “great designers” have something in common. They’re men.

 

Alex Kulaszewicz, Andrea Kirwan, Nila Amed & Nicole Burrell

No.3 Right About Now

Right About Now - Two pieces of typographic design inspired by a love of music and typography based around songs with ‘Now’ in the title.

 

John Tarpey

No.1 Homage

Homage Shrine to Our Patron Saint of Lettering. Colmcille’s Shrine - a colourful display of type and language.

 

Mark Smith

This year's Kells TypeTrail 2022

A big thank you to this year's participants - Mark Smith, Alex Kulaszewicz, Andrea Kirwan, Nila Amed & Nicole Burrell, John Tarpey, Adam Hunter, Suella Holland, Catriona Moore, Julia Borisenko, James Kelly, Yannick Martin, Sarah Usher, Students from St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School, Dealgán Campbill, Derick Smith, Megan McDermot,  Jim Moran, Paul Botslag, Sinead Connaughton, Joe Farrell, Emma Andrews, Mingyue Fang, Jiang Qinyu, Hugh Tarpey, Malte Driesner, David Newton and Shaneski, Dee Maher Ring, Aimee Van den Broeke, Cathal Sherlock, 1st year students, BA Graphic Design, TUS Athlone, Dermot Hall, Tusla Participants, 2nd class Our Lady of Mercy Junior School, Eoin Hefferernan and Stephen Dullaghan.

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