Ian

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Happenings

Market Stall this Saturday in Hobart

Expect something like this - Oscar and me down at the Strandhill People's Market

This Saturday from 1-7pm I’ll be throwing down some good things on a table at Bulk Mart 3 in Hobart city. It’s been a while since I’ve done markets and I miss it. Lots of colour and the wonderful wares of weird and wiley makers, good tunes and good story-talkin’ with all sorts of heads.

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2017 Irish Surf Festival, Sligo, Ireland

Shore Shots 2017 Irish Surf Festival

Since 2013 Ireland has celebrated surfing at its annual Surf Festival, Shore Shots. Each year the Festival has improved on the last creating an experience that offers a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in the strange, evolving social and cultural seascape that is Surfing.

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The Inertia behind surf mats

The Inertia behind surf mats

Thanks to Dylan Heyden from the Inertia for scooping Fionn’s new edit. Stoked to see surf matting blips on mainstream radars… great exposure for two legends – my custom surf mat maker, Matt Fedden.

The suggestion that surf mats were a “bi-product of the shortboard revolution” is a little left-field.

Stoked!

Artwork

Farewell bottle jack press

Proofing some linocut prints made with the 6-tonne bottle jack press

Proofing some linocut prints made with the 6-tonne bottle jack press

It’s a hard decision to make but I just don’t reckon this thing will qualify as carry-on luggage. My 6-tonne bottle jack press now needs a good home so I’m looking for a printmaker who is keen to be good to her. Today is our final Sunday at the Strandhill People’s Market in Strandhill, Sligo, and I’ll be bringing the press out and be assessing the submissions of potential suitors.

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Artwork

These Strange Hearts

"Strange Hearts" Linocut print; Still on trial for errors.

This print continues to prove to be a tricky one to get out right – and it’s the getting it out right which is what the printmaker’s ongoing challenge is. Each fin is a direct reference to fins I’ve owned, trialled, coveted, with one in the collection that is the golden hatchet to rule them all, the one that has been pivotal (ahem) to my Rooster-shaped, 9’6 BeachBeat Pacer.

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Musings

Indecision

Ben Bulben across Sligo Bay

I like those spots you turn up so where you can’t see the breaking wave from where you kill the engine. Park up on the cliff, at the end of the lane, under the mountain, at the gate… sometimes you can hear it as soon as you get out of the car and sometimes, before you get out of the car.

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Hello Online Shop!

Organic Devolution Online Shop Banner

Well folks, it’s finally happened – the Organic Devolution Online Shop is now live! A hard graft over the past few months, hyper compressed in the last two weeks to get things revamped here in the OD blog and integrated with the new Shop. Huge thanks to my sibling web-guru, Heidipj, for her stellar work on getting it all together and giving this salty bearded doodler the motivation needed to finally getting this thing together.

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Sligo Design Week

Impressive; getting the bottle jack press in action

Now only a week away Sligo Design Week (kudos to Denise Rushe, the darling from Starling, et al. for the hard yards put in behind it) has come to fruit with an exciting mix of exhibitions, talks, happenings and workshops. I was approached a little while back to see if I’d be keen to host a linocut printing workshop.

Was I keen? I was frothing!

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Hiatus or just a sleep-in?

The odd one out - alongside the other hard-working marketeers from the Strandhill People's Market; Troy and Jessie from the Driftwood Coffee Cart, John and Kathy from Microcosm, and the muscle behind Cyril & Paula's Catering

I’m surprised I’ve neglected the blog for so long. The blog but also the site in general. To all those folks I’ve spoken to over the past two (crikey, and a half? Three?) months, enthusiastically directing them there to keep an eye on the new work that has been coming along, studio action… I offer some apologies and a brief round-up.

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And this little piggy…

Shed studio complete with free-ranging chook yard out front

It seems almost overwhelming trying to get things organised for the next month. We’re relocating out west to Sligo for another year. There, bombshell (for some) dropped. The shift is happening next weekend – from rolling tarmac to rolling fields. A cottage out on the raggedy peninsula in north County Sligo where, from the backyard, the magnificence of Dartry mountains loom up in the east and to the west the wild Atlantic yawns away in it’s glorious topaz vastness.

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