Boards & Bees

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Boards & BeesA six year journey to create the perfect board

Ever since the 1950s, when surfboard construction materials transitioned from redwood and balsa to foam and fibreglass, the toxic nature of surfboard manufacturing has been one of surfing’s biggest adverse environmental impacts. Having met Vinny O’Halloran a few years back …

Plastic Smog

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Plastic SmogAn alarming concequense of bad design

The oceans are being poisoned with a toxic ‘plastic smog’, reaching into every corner of the marine environment, and comprising an estimated 5.25 trillion individual pieces. So says Dr Marcus Eriksen, research director and co-founder of the 5 Gyres, the organisation …

Space Ship Earth

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Space Ship EarthWe couldn't agree more - The Official Parley Briefing

“We need to defend diversity on land and in the sea and we need solutions, and these solutions can only be realized by harnessing the imaginative side of human culture – the arts.” Millions of sharks end up in prestigious …

Global Wave Conference

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We were delighted to attend the Global Wave Conference organised by Surfers Against Sewage (SAS); a major international conference to promote global efforts and innovation to protect waves, oceans, beaches and marine wildlife. The Global Wave Conference took place in …

Under

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Under A Multi Screen Film Installation on The Art of Freediving

BAFTA award-winning filmmaker and artist Martina Amati (pictured) has unveiled her latest project at London’s Ambika P3 gallery, an immersive, multi-screen installation on the art of freediving. Photography: Daan Verhoeven Read more at http://www.under-installation.com/

The Plastic Age

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The Plastic Age

We all talk about the Stone Age, the Iron Age and the Bronze Age, but what era are we living in right now? People are starting to refer to us as the – far less romantic – Plastic Age. We …

Underwater Street Views

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Underwater Street ViewsGoogle street view goes underwater

Despite their covering most of this planet’s surface, and containing nearly all its water, we oftentimes take our oceans for granted. Sure, we admire them from afar, occasionally floating atop them on cruise ships or fishing boats. We might even dip a toe …

Field Experiments

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Field ExperimentsA Nomadic Design Collective

Field Experiments is a nomadic design collective that explores traditional crafts by engaging in collaborative making with local craftspeople in diverse regions around the world. Underpinned by cross-cultural exchange, they produce projects, products and ideas across multiple formats including furniture, …

Impressions

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ImpressionsRelief printing experiments with Jameson Black Barrel

As part of the Jameson Black Barrel craft series last year we were invited to host an interactive event at Mabos Warehouse. Using the flame-charred bung from a select reserve cask the guests were asked to make a single relief …

Salt Festival Bodø

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Salt Festival BodøAn experience North of the Arctic Circle

The island of Sandhornøya, off the western coast of Norway near Bodø, is the intriguing location for a new festival called Salt. At its heart stand these fascinating temporary wooden buildings by Rintala Eggertsson Architects and artist Joar Nango – …

As Is The Sea

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As Is The SeaSifting through the ocean’s strata

As is the Sea is a group exhibition of artworks by current and former RCA students that accompanies Critical Writing in Art & Design MA programme’s recent publication of the same name. This anthology of art criticism, cultural analysis, memoir …

Photographic Barter

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Photographic Barter

The Pixel Trade is a photographic barter project by Shantanu Starick. He is in the 23rd month of the project having travelled to five continents trading his services as a photographer for life’s basic necessities. ‘The idea is to reintroduce the bartering …

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HK Honey is an organisation of Hong Kong Beekeepers, Artists & Designers who aim to communicate the value of bees to the human food chain. They produce local honey, beeswax products and run beekeeping workshops. On a recent visit to Hong Kong …

We are where we are

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We are where we are

Studio Aad take a year long look at modern Ireland, in the form of 12 small books released over the year and online at www.whereweare.ie. A lot has been said, reported and written about Ireland in the last 5 years. Soundbites, …

Surf Berlin

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Surf Berlin

With the average length of an ocean wave surfed being 8 seconds, riding a ship-wave for a minute is pretty rare, especially in a country without surf. “It usually doesn’t hurt to miss a wave, yet when you know it’s …

Open Source Sea Chair

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Open Source Sea Chair

    Studio Swine has created an open source design for a marine stool accompanied by a film where a chair is made onboard a fishing boat. The United Nations estimates some 100 million tons of plastic waste to be …

Introducing Denise Nestor

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Introducing Denise Nestor

We have just added two new caps to our collection. With illustration by the super talented Denise Nestor. This cap comes in tweed and herringbone and is available in two styles, Vintage (with button fastner on peak) and Tailored. We …

A Saltee Micronation

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A Saltee Micronation

The Principality of the Saltee Islands is a micronation founded in 1943 by Prince Michael Neale, an Irish farmer and businessman. It consists of the islands of Greater Saltee and Little Saltee, which are located in St George’s Channel, three kilometres off the coast from the town of …

Featured Detour

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Featured Detour

Surfer Mag has posted a gallery of the most incredible images to grace their magazine in 2012. When SURFER’s Photo Editor Grant Ellis went to Spain to document Kepa Acero for this year’s Big Issue, he had no idea that a …

Rain Room

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Rain Room

Rain Room is a hundred square metre field of falling water through which it is possible to walk, trusting that a path can be navigated, without being drenched in the process. As you progress through The Curve, the sound of water and …

Blue Flag Bags

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Blue Flag Bags

We worked with An Taisce to produce lightweight tote bags from their old blue flags. The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to 3849 beaches and marinas in 60 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada …

Waves on Canvas

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Waves on Canvas

Sardinian composer and producer Stefano Guzzetti runs his Waves On Canvas project to channel his real-life experiences into highly emotive sound pieces and songs. He recently released “Angel”, a single featuring the beautiful voice of Louise Rutkowski (This Mortal Coil) …

Bruno Munari

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Bruno Munari

Bruno Munari (1907 – 1998,) was an Italian artist and designer, who contributed fundamentals to many fields of visual arts (painting, sculpture, film, industrial design, graphic design) and non visual arts (literature, poetry) with his research on games, didactic method and creativity. He was among the most …

BIRTHRIGHT

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BIRTHRIGHT

A mesmerically beautiful and brutal piece of film, BIRTHRIGHT features haunting provocative footage. From tortuous struggle to blissful fluidity, the piece displays a resemblance to the Irish surfing experience. Battling sideways rain may not be comparable with Michael’s difficulties but …

Beautiful Hurricane

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Beautiful Hurricane

The more we find out about Clifford Ross the more we like him. His series Hurricane was originally photographed from 1998–2001. All the waves in the series were generated by hurricanes which were shot while the artist was in the surf, …

Introducing David Folan

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Introducing David Folan

Sculptor/designer David Folan grew up in Dublin city until he was Eleven years old. Up-rooted from his urban trappings, he moved to the beautiful setting of Loch Eske Co. Donegal. While talking to David he explains how this move had a …

Leaving Gaza

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Leaving Gaza

Irishman and award winning photographer Andrew McConnell takes a black and white look at the emergence of surfing on the Gaza Strip… Freedom of movement for Palestinians living in the Gaza strip has been so restricted in recent years that …

Cliff Diving World Series on Inis Mór

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Cliff Diving World Series on Inis Mór

On the 3rd And 4th Of August 2012, The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series will make one of its many stops in Ireland. Nine time cliff diving world champion Colombian Orlando Duque travelled to the West Coast of Ireland in …

Drop Everything

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If you have ever been out to Inis Oírr or any of the Aran islands for that matter then the prospect of a weekend long arts festival will seem unmissable to say the least. This event is the brainchild of …

Paradise Ireland at Better Fashion Shop

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Paradise Ireland at Better Fashion Shop

We are delighted to be included in The Better Fashion Week store on Castle Market Street and are pretty hyped about the Paradise Ireland event where we will be officially launching our illustrated cap series along with some fresh new …

Waterworn

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This April ABSOLUT Fringe and Project Arts Centre are joining forces to rip it up in rep, as five favourite shows from fringes past will return for a sensational season at Project Arts Centre. Turn Around is a diverse line …

Surf City

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Surf City

It’s easy to forget now, but in the 1960s surfing had a much more symbolic role than it does today, as a repudiation of the stuffy, conformist world of the post war generation –the idea of throwing off social norms …

Life Below The Surface

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Life Below The Surface

One Year after Andreas Frankes visit to the Vandenberg his images of the wreck were filled with charming stories and now it is high time to exhibit them. No better place as the place where the project began. Since August …

The Underwater Project

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The Underwater Project

Sydney-based photographer Mark Tipple captures a crushing sense of beauty with his new series “The Underwater Project”. It features swimmers as they dive underneath sets of oncoming waves and struggle against the churning water.  Despite being such a violent and tumultuous act, …

Imraimh

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Imraimh

Two hand-crafted currachs were launched into the Irish Sea on Saturday the 7th January 2012 as part of a special project highlighting the ancient Irish craft of boat building. The launch at East Wall Sports Club on January 7th follows a …

Lizzy Stewart

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Lizzy Stewart

Our good friend Kate Brangan introduced us to the work of her friend Lizzy Stewart who she met in Central Saint Martins. This is a book she made and her drawings form part of it, she is an amazing illustrator and …

The Best thing since Kerrygold

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The Best thing since Kerrygold

We have just added a new product to our collection, We screenprinted some silk using our fish friendly inks, collaborated with the good people of Hannah Hats of Donegal to have this limited edition product produced.   The Illustration was …

Nautical Tattoos explained

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Nautical Tattoos explained

Hold written on one set of knuckles and Fast written on the other was meant to give a sailor good grip in the rigging. A Rope tattooed around the wrist meant that a seaman is a deckhand. A tattoo of an Anchor told that a sailor had crossed the …

Material Meaning

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Material Meaning

“Agricultural sheds represent the true vernacular architecture of rural Ireland and constitute a strong and pervasive aesthetic. Julie Connellan explores this cultural narrative which tells of people’s connection to and reliance on the land as contemporary jewellery. By removing these …

Ted Sabarese – Evolution

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Ted Sabarese – Evolution

Ted said it would be great if we posted up his evolution project and this is what he said about it. “With all the recent, fiery controversy between evolution, creationism, intelligent design, science, religion, the political left, right, etc., I …

BLUEFINGERS BOOK CLUB

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BLUEFINGERS BOOK CLUB

A young man under orders from his chiropractor to take up swimming for the benefit of his back. He goes through the motions like a surly teenager until one week he meets a girl who offers him advice on improving …

Bottled Waste & Sea Chairs

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Bottled Waste & Sea Chairs

SURFACE TENSION brings together work by artists, designers, engineers and scientists to explore the future of water, playing on its physical properties, its role in politics and economics, and ways in which it may be harnessed, cleaned, and distributed. Bottled Waste & …

Beachcombers of Texel

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Beachcombers of Texel

Flotsam & Jetsam is a documentary based around the beachcombers of Texel, one of the largest Frisian islands north of Holland. Due to Texel’s geographical position, tidal system and strong winds, an estimated two tons of Flotsam & Jetsam washes …

Underwater nude

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Underwater nude

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Peter Gordon

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Peter Gordon

Last Thursday we attended Peter Gordon’s Wild Garden Exhibition and Book Launch at The Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street Lower, Dublin 2. The exhibition and book feature Peter’s Landscape Photography from Co.Wicklow taken over the past 5 years. ‘Wild Garden’ is an emotional journey through …

Cloud iridescence

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Cloud iridescence

Cloud iridescence is the occurrence of colors in a cloud similar to those seen in oil films on puddles, and is similar to irisation. It is a fairly uncommon phenomenon, most often observed in altocumulus, cirrocumulus and lenticular clouds, and …

pure white whale calf

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pure white whale calf

A rare white humpback whale calf has been spotted near Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Believed to be just a few weeks old, the 12ft calf was seen at Cid Harbour in the famous reef’s Whitsunday Islands area by a family …

Boobs & Clouds

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Boobs & Clouds

Mammatus, also known as mammatocumulus (meaning “mammary cloud” or “breast cloud”), is a meteorological term applied to a cellular pattern of pouches hanging underneath the base of a cloud. The name mammatus, derived from the Latin mamma (meaning “udder” or “breast”), refers to a resemblance between the characteristic …

No Man’s Land

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No Man’s Land

‘No man is an island… and yet we’ve all had dreams of escaping to one.’ (Fringe Festival) If you haven’t been to see the desert island on the Liffey then get you ass down there to check it out. Between …

Gone Fishing

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Gone Fishing

Poster boy works his magic on a NewYork subway, armed only with a razor blade, he cuts up vinyl ads on the subway, turning bright, cheerful marketing campaigns into freakish collages.

A. Sanchez-Montañes

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A. Sanchez-Montañes

At first I thought these were photographs of an art installation but as it turns out they are documentary photographs. After reading of Namibia’s abandoned diamond mines, photographer Alvaro Sanchez-Montañes went and shot this otherworldly series of photographs. The Namibian desert has …

Higgs Ocean

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Higgs Ocean

The Higgs Ocean series by acclaimed photographer Andrea Galvani, winner of the 2010 Exposure Prize documents a unique action staged off the coast of the Svalbard Islands in the Arctic Circle. The project involved one research institute, two scientists and a crew …

The Big Cloud

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The Big Cloud

The award-winning photographer Camille Seamanhas been known for their moving images of polar regions.With the latest series ‘The Big Cloud’ it goes back into their demanding Seaman, documentary and artistic way to capture the awe and beauty of nature. Supercells …

Liffey Swim 2011

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Liffey Swim 2011

The Liffey Swim 2011 took place on Saturday the 3rd September at 2.30pm.  The course began at the Watling Street Bridge near the Guinness Brewery and finished at Custom House Quay. The first Liffey Swim race took place on the 22nd …

Undulatus asperatus

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Undulatus asperatus

Undulatus asperatus (or alternately, asperatus) is a cloud formation, proposed in 2009 as a separate cloud classification by the founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society, Gavin Pretor-Pinney. If successful it will be the first cloud formation added since cirrus intortus …

cameras + sardines

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cameras + sardines

We never thought that we would reference analogue cameras and canned sardines in the same sentence, but here it is: the Lomographic Society has just brought out four new lomo cameras, all of which are inspired by the shapes and colour of the …

Massimo Vitali

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Massimo Vitali

Massimo Vitali was born in Italy in 1944. Vitali studied photography in London; he first worked as a photojournalist in the 1970s and then worked later as a movie camera operator. His more recent work, below, can be considered fine art photography. They are meant to be viewed as …

Mark Gonzales + MoMA

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Mark Gonzales + MoMA

New York’s Museum of Modern Art ran a six-week summer session called “Shred, Thrash, Carve: The Visual Language of Skateboard Culture” to 13- to 19-year-olds. The recent visiting artist was none other than legendary skateboarder and  visual artist Mark Gonzales. …

Emotional Landscapes

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Emotional Landscapes

Check out this video on photographer Joni Sternbach talking about her unique approach to ‘surf photography’ using 19th century tintype photographic techniques to photograph local surfers. An accidental surf photographer.

SUNSET SERIES VIDEO

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SUNSET SERIES VIDEO

Our latest T-shirt range inspired by Irish sunsets. The various colors are added to the screen and we let them do their magic. A truly limited edition as each print is slightly different from the previous one and never the same …

Irish Cloud Festival

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Irish Cloud Festival

The first ever Irish Cloud Festival will take place on 27th July in West Cork. Expect cloudspotting, cloud debating, eating and picnicing, and a talk from Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society and author of The Cloudspotter’s Guide …

TEMPORAL COLLECTIONS

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TEMPORAL COLLECTIONS

TRAILER #2: Temporal Collections… In the General Vicinity of Inner & Outer Space from R.T. on Vimeo.

weather inspired art

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weather inspired art

An anonymous artist going by the name Mudlevel made this clever bicycle-based contraption dubbed a “complicated technical solution to aide in simple acts of vandalism.” Check it out.

BF + RED CROSS

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BF + RED CROSS

The Irish rain cloud sends some love to East Africa. Bluefingers has teamed up with the Irish Red Cross in an attempt to raise awareness and money for the East African Drought Crisis. 50% of all sales of our Classic …

JAY ADAMS

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JAY ADAMS

“He’s the real thing, an original seed, the original virus that infected all of us. He was beyond comparison. To this day I haven’t witnessed any skater more vital, more dynamic, more fun to watch, more unpredictable, and more spontaneous …

LeRoy Grannis

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LeRoy Grannis

The surfing community suffered a great loss this February when surfer and renowned photographer, Leroy Grannis, passed away at age 93 from natural causes. A Hermosa Beach local, Grannis was inducted into both the Surfing Walk of Fame and the …

Niall O' Brien, ANGER

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Niall O' Brien, ANGER

Thursday last we went to see our friend, Niall O Brien’s installation ‘ANGER’ at Block T in Smithfield. Niall is an old friend from college in iadt and we got to know each other on surf trips to Achill Island and …

Rain in Ireland

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Rain in Ireland

Most of the eastern half of the country gets between 750 and 1000 (mm) of rainfall in the year. Rainfall in the west generally averages between 1000 and 1400 mm. In many mountainous districts rainfall exceeds 2000mm per year. The …

Teahupoo, Tahiti

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Teahupoo, Tahiti

Great new video from Mickey Smith featuring Irish Fergal Smith dominating at dawn. Teahupoo, Tahiti. Fullscreen it! 

HAWAII 1890

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HAWAII 1890

Long before Kelly Slater was picking up World Champion titles for his surfing prowess, the sport was being followed by Hawaiian natives in the 19th century. And now the first ever picture of a surfer has been found in a photo …

Chair Extravaganza

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Chair Extravaganza

Moxie Studios hosted the first in a series of workshops organized by ReMake design network. 50 designers worked in teams disassembling 100 old chairs, mixing and matching the pieces to create brand new furniture designs. Established in 2005, Moxie Studios …

SEANCHAÍ – STORYTELLER

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SEANCHAÍ – STORYTELLER

Eddie Linehan Ireland’s greatest living storyteller tellstales of Myth, Magic and Mystery for adults and children! When Eddie Lenihan appeared in Irish national television’s 12-part series ‘Storyteller’ in 1986, most of those seeing and hearing him were doing so for …

Art & Classical Hip Hop

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Introducing Chloe Early – We’ve always been a big fan of her work, she’s a really lovely girl and also an expert skipper by all accounts. She eats lots of really nice food and is fond of a good scone or …

Iori Tomita

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Iori Tomita

Iori Tomita is a Japanese ex-fisherman who studied ichthyology. While in University, Tomita was first introduced to the creation of transparent specimens for the scientific purpose of examining minuscule bone structure. Now an artist, he transforms marine life with a scientific technique …

Launch Photos

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Launch Photos

Thanks to everyone for coming to the launch party and hope you all had a good time, Here are some photos of the early part of the night before all the free beer was drank and people started scoring other …

SeaSalt

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John. F Kennedy gracefully describes our love of the ocean at the America’s Cup Dinner, Rhode Island, 14 September 1962. “I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it is …

Launch Party

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Launch Party

Bluefingers Launch Party took place on 10.06.2011. T’was rocking till the early hours. Check back here soon for pics of the night.  

Secret Life of Waves

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Secret Life of Waves

Just watched the BBC “The Secret Life of Waves”, it’s well worth the watch. Apparently, waves aren’t made of water, they’re made of energy. When a wave crashes onto a beach or a reef, the energy dissipates either into the …

Our Cloud Logo

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Our Cloud Logo

The Bluefingers logo is based on a Cumulus cloud. The particular variation is the Humilis formation, the smallest Cumulus cloud, being wider than they are tall. A cotton wool tuft, it appears more solid and defined than the other cloud …

Irish surfing 1970’s

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Irish surfing 1970’s

We just recently convinced Mick Murphy, a friend of ours, to get into his attic and search out some old Irish surfing photos for us. Mick is from Limerick and played a large part in setting up both the WESC …

Cloud Appreciation

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Cloud Appreciation

In this humorous and factual tour of the skies, Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of The Cloud Appreciation Society argues that we dont appreciate clouds enough. The book introduces each of the different characters in the cloud family, pointing out which are …

Splash

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Pier pressure. We found some old photographs recently. Spring is here!

Sea Love

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Sea Love

The lovely Kate Mullins is in love with the sea. She spends her evenings embroidering these sea inspired little broaches. She has a thing about sewing machines and that is she doesn’t use them. The broach pictured above is one …

Cloud Play

Fish Friendly

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Fish Friendly

Getting to grips with our amazing water based inks from Permaset Aqua. They are a joy to work with and we highly recommend them. They are completely solvent free and they also smell really nice as they are being cured. We …

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Mark Visser, gnarly night time big wave surfing in Hawaii with a disco surfboard!

Glass Love

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Glass Love

Beautiful intro into a beautiful film. Feminine grace. A man could never get close. Lil’ clip of glass love (the andrew kidman film) found on the net. go to http://www.litmus.com.au/html/glass_love.htm

Dark side of the lens

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Dark side of the lens

Our favorite surfing short movie by Mickey Smith.

Silent Evolution

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Silent Evolution

Beautiful, unique sculpture project by Jason deCaires Taylor highlighting natural ecological processes. see more at…http://www.underwatersculpture.com/

Hugh’s FISH FIGHT

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Hugh’s FISH FIGHT

Half of all the fish caught in the North Sea are thrown back dead For more info and to get involved you can join the campaign at www.fishfight.net

Guinness & Doodling

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Guinness & Doodling

Friday after work Guinness led to 76 nautical themed drawings.