Inishowen Artist: Brendan Farren
Every winter, the life of a willow worker comes into its own. Winter is probably the busiest time of the year, as it’s when we cut our year’s harvest, and also when we can plant willow rods into ‘living’ structures.
This Wigloo was made by the gardeneering class of Scoil Eoghain, Moville, in Nov. ’18. It’s almost ethereal,
Another living willow structure, this is a fence/hedge, or ‘fedge’, built at end of Nov. ’18, in Quigley’s Point Playgroup, Co. Donegal.
This whale was created by BGA and Zero Waste Derry, and was carried in the Derry Halloween Parade, 2018.
This is a wall piece commissioned by a client for his renovated ancestral home on the foothills of Slieve Sneacht.
Lighthouse View is a local B&B here in Greencastle.
This sign is in Strandhill, Co. Sligo, on a well-established ice-cream shop. Because it is situated right on a wild atlantic beach, the sign needed to be very durable, so the letters are copper-covered marine ply on an oak-board base.
I helped an American weaver called Mo create this beautiful coffin, or ‘vessel’, with an unusual wooden spine, requiring skilled packing to keep in shape.
I painted this in the summer of ’17 to cover a supermarket wall off the Main St in Moville.
Here’s a few photos of a community- woven sculpture which was created on the streets of Strabane, Co. Derry on July 18th. The woven pig stands beside Ambrose, a bronze sculpture outside the Alley Theatre, from the imagination of local man Flann O’Brien.
A new video for Brigid’s Day 2016!
The Salmon of Knowledge was spotted on the streets of Derry, Halloween 2015. (Part of North West Carnival Parade.)
Willow Harvesting Video
This video was shot at the start of 2014, during the willow-cutting open day I had. The idea of having a ‘meitheal’-style willow harvesting began in early 2013, when a group of friends and strangers came together after we had a traumatic fire at our home the xmas before. And they wanted to do it again last year, hence the video.
This is called ‘Return of the Dagda’ and was painted in Glenties in 1999. It was bought by Donegal County Council, and is hung in Buncrana Library.
I would like to publicly thank Phil ‘Pip’ Murray, my cuz and oldest friend, for keeping this website t’gether over the years! I hope you enjoy looking at my work.