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: nicolaweldon10@gmail.com or Instagram: @nicola_weldon10

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Well, she’s back again after the two-year restrictions! Carina Cunningham of Style Warriors Fashion and Entertainment Show has a new venture. Carina is now assisting new and older modelling enthusiasts, who are looking to explore the fashion world. From vintage to movie star, burlesque to lingerie, debs’ dresses to communion, period to gothic, wedding to evening wear – she has it all. Carina has an extensive wardrobe collection available for photo shoots and for hire. She has been creating period costumes and hats in Ardgillan Castle, Balbriggan in her new studio: Style Warriors Dreamscape Room 102. She shares the beautiful surroundings of the castle with fellow artists, who also display their skills in their own studios at the castle. Studios for visual artists, potters, ceramicists and jewellers have been open since June of last year where the artists and crafters freely meet and greet both the public and tourists seven days a week. This venture came to life with Argillan Castle Manager Tom Reilly’s vision and the support of Fingal County Council and the Ardgillan Castle Board of Management. On the 15th of May, Ardgillan Castle will be hosting a wedding fair and Carina will be looking for models to join the team for a fashion show on the day and learn a little about what it’s like being a model. There will be a model casting day held in the castle, a bootcamp day and then the fashion show on the day of the wedding fair. Anyone who is interested – please contact Carina on her Facebook page. Stands of local wedding suppliers will also feature on the day. The castle itself is a venue for civil ceremonies. And now brides can avail of the in-house vintage wedding décor that is available to couples planning their weddings at Ardgillan. Mags Morgan with her divine Mizz Rio wedding collections will share the catwalk with Carina at the fair.Casting day and bootcamp dates will be announced shortly. On the wedding fair day, 24 models’ names will go into a hat with the winner getting a free photoshoot from Carina!

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