by Carina Cnnningham
Did you know that our fabulous Ardgillan Castle, Balbriggan has opened its doors to a collection of artists? Welcome to “Ardgillan Artists Collective Studios”.
All crafts and artists candidates had to go through a rigorous application and interview, to be awarded a designated studio. The board of management at Ardgillan Castle made the decision on who could join the castle in this new venture. This month we would like to introduce you to the lovely artist Nicola Weldon. Nicola works mostly with clay and plaster as mediums. The unique process that she uses with clay captures impressions of wild meadows, flowers, foliage, and seaweeds. By working in monochrome or by creating contrast through the delicate use of colour, together with her attention to detail, Nicola’s aim is to reproduce the wildness of nature in each image. Nicola said. “I love being based at the Castle, together with 10 other artists and the fact that each artist’s work is so different. Having access to the extraordinary selection of flowers and plants from the grounds at Ardgillan for my work, makes it even more enjoyable. Recently, I have been enjoying exploring plaster and how it lends itself to the relief effect. I believe my framed plaster reliefs are a good contrast to my other work.” You can find Nicola’s pieces on display at Ardgillan Castle Arts and Crafts Shop , as well as in her studio in the castle. Nicola currently has a small exhibition at the La La Café, which is a part of the Irish Institute of Music on Church Street, Balbriggan. To see some of Nicola’s work, check out her Instagram. Nicola added, “I really enjoy welcoming people at my studio, where they can see me at work. I also enjoy creating bespoke pieces, so if you wish to have a particular piece designed using your favourite flower, plant or seaweed please call in and have a chat.” If you are interested in contacting Nicola Weldon please do so at : Mob: 086 8198337, Email: email@example.com or Instagram: @nicola_weldon10