Chupi Sweetman, Jewellery Designer

Chupi needs no introduction to lovers of finely-crafted modern jewellery in Ireland and around the world. As one of Ireland’s most successful jewellery designers, she creates precious handmade rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets for fashion-conscious customers in no fewer than 64 countries. Chupi – and yes, that is her real name – says her work is the result of being …

Tom Mathews, Artist, Poet, Writer

I’ve been a fan of Tom Mathews for probably forty years since his brilliantly droll cartoons began appearing in magazines and newspapers. Until recently. however, I didn’t realise that he’s also a singer – well, of sorts. This image was shot at one of Paddy Goodwin’s legendary Drogheda gigs which, over the years, have featured a veritable hall-of-fame of Irish rock …

Emma Barone, Artist

Emma Barone is an Irish visual artist based in Birr, Co. Offaly. She is best known for her highly distinctive colour paintings. Her work is frequently inspired by abstract shapes from the natural world and another favourite recurring theme – vividly imagined ladies shoes. emmabarone.com  

Camille O’Sullivan

Singer Camille O’Sullivan photographed for the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland.

Guggenheim, Bilbao

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao is one of those buildings so dramatic, so distinctive, that it entirely overshadows the often wonderful works of art displayed within. Stepping inside to view the exhibits feels a little anticlimactic. The building itself stands as one of the prime examples of great modern architecture of the late 20th century. The dazzling complexities of the exterior, combined with …

Guggenheim, Bilbao

It’s entirely appropriate that this huge artwork – by the splendidly named French-American artist Louise Bourgeois – sits alongside Frank Ghery’s singular Guggenheim Building in Bilbao. They could have been made for each other. Arguably the pairing looks best at night time. The monstrous sprawling bronze spider – entitled Maman – measures some 30 feet high by 33 feet wide. …

Guggenheim, Bilbao

The Guggenheim building in  Bilbao is among Europe’s most iconic modern architectural creations. We mostly see images of it in daytime. So here it is at night lit up in all it’s startling finery. I feel a yearning for a return trip – when we’re allowed to fly again.

Maman, Louise Bourgeois

It’s entirely appropriate that Maman – by the splendidly named French-American artist Louise Bourgeois – sits alongside Frank Ghery’s singular Guggenheim Building in Bilbao. They could have been made for each other. Arguably the pairing looks at its best at night time. The monstrous sprawling bronze spider, measuring some 30 feet high by 33 feet wide, is one of the …

Nothing Left To Say

I came across this glum-looking pair in a quiet corner of the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. Clearly the sparkle has faded from their relationship, probably a long time ago. Conversation a distant memory. Small wonder with her in mournful Victorian crinolines and him brazenly kitted out in his birthday suit. They’re not, to put it mildly, an obvious match. I …