I have always been a maker. As a child, I would lose myself in a world created from lollipop sticks, cereal packets, and fairy liquid bottles. This was a setting that I felt safe in and to a certain degree, still do. My mother, an excellent seamstress and curtain maker, would always have scraps of fabric left over from whatever she was making, and I would then use them to make dresses for my dolls. She instilled in me the love of seemingly useless objects, and the challenge to make something interesting from them, would keep me occupied for hours.

This interest has become a life long passion. I give new life to factory floor waste and transform these materials into beautiful art and objects and teach young people to do the same. My mission is to inspire the next generation to think Imaginatively, Creatively and responsibly. Young people will be faced with huge challenges to fix the mess my generation has made of our planet and I want to be part of the solution. I am very concerned about our environment and very disturbed about the sheer volume of reusable waste that enters our landfil and the effects that is having on all life.

I run a non-profit youth Art Centre called Dross Evolution, which has the 3R principles at its core and I endevour to teach young people the value in waste materials and how they can make a difference. I also provide many services free of charge to local youth groups and clubs which involves Up-Cycle/ Recycle Workshops, Campaigns and Events. I also support young people in thinking of ideas using waste materials for the TY Mini Company Competition and give them support and guidance in Research, Design, Marketing, Advertising and Branding. I also give materials, guidance and support to TY Students in the Junk Couture Competition.

My work for companies is commission based and I endeavor to reflect a company's brand and processes, celebrating the quality of materials they use and promoting their interest in being sustainable. I also design new and innovative products for companies giving added value to their waste.

It has been a life long dream of mine to attend art college and in 2016 I graduated from the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in 2016 with an H2 Honours Bachelors Degree in Textiles Art and Artefact


Media

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_2IlFT8m_s

http://droghedalife.com/791/116701/a/drogheda-womans-poignant-homecoming-to-exhibit-at-arts-festival http://www.irishtv.ie/derry-matters-60

https://www.linkedin.com/martina caffrey shannon

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06451v1

https://www.kildarenow.com/news/kildare-woman-lost-everything-crash-opens-new-gallery/175491

https://www.kildarenow.com/features/gallery-art-gallery-difference-launches-naas/178053

https://www.leinsterleader.ie/gallery/home/342130/photos-naas-musical-society-fashion-show-at-the-osprey-hotel.html

https://www.leinsterleader.ie/news/local-news/349944/brownies-get-in-touch-with-their-artistic-side.html

https://www.leinsterleader.ie/gallery/home/335391/photo-gallery-over-10-000-people-attend-last-weekend-s-naas-wild-food-festival.html

https://www.leinsterleader.ie/news/home/248516/newbridge-restaurant-to-shut-today.html

https://www.leinsterleader.ie/news/home/367899/naas-students-launch-campaign-to-raise-awareness-of-climate-change.html

Commissions;

Alupro Ireland. Sculpture for the "Can It" Green Awards 2015 Installation "Disconnect" for Composer, Roisin Hayes.

2017 “Dross Evolution” Newbridge Silverware, Newbridge, Co Kildare

2017 “ThinKool” Exhibition, Medtronic , Athlone and Tullamore.

2018 Naas Tidy Towns, Heron Sculpture

2018 Naas Tidy Towns, Swan Sculpture

2019 “Stay with Me” Tuam Babies Tribute exhibition at In-Spire Galerie, Dublin


Exhibitions;

2017 Medtronic, Athlone and Tullamore

2017 Dross Evolution, Newbridge Silverware, Newbridge

2017 Wonky, Inspire Gallery, Dublin

2016 Disconnect, NCAD.Dublin

2016 RUA RED, South Dublin Art Centre.

2016 Dross Evolution, NCAD Yellow Box Gallery

2016 BIG SHOT, the Musical. Liberty Hall

2015 Bluefire Festival, Dublin

2015 Stendhal Festival of Art, Limavady.

2015 Seeing the Unseen, Drogheda Arts Festival. Scotch Hall Drogheda

2014 Work in Progress, Village at Lyons, Celbridge, Co Kildare.

2013 Dance of the Handbags, Canal Café, Sallins, Co. Kildare

2012 Splash of Colour, Naas Library, Naas, Co Kildare.

2008, Space and Time, Sackcloth and Ashes Gallery, Sallins, Co. Kildare


Collections;

Works held in private collections in Ireland, England, Germany and the United States.


Residencies;

2015 Stendhall Festival of Art, Limavady

Recycle Workshops

2016 Medtronic. Canteen ThinKool Campaign

2017 European Week for Waste Reduction. Maynooth University, Maynooth

2017 Re-Use Day Mc Cauley Place, Naas, Co Kildare

2017 Re- Use Month, Newbridge Library, Newbridge

2017 Monesterevin Community Centre, Monesterevin

2018 Brownies Fairy Flax

2018 RE-ME challange

2019 Earth Baby Fair

Recycle Awareness Events

2017, 2018 Drosty the Snowman Recycle Awareness Christmas Campaign

2018, Elf on the Shelf Recycle Awareness Christmas Campaign

2019, No Planet B Climate Change Club Launch

Ongoing Support and Mentoring to Local Youth Projects;

No Planet B Climat Change Club” Naas, Co Kildare

The Struggle is Real” Winning TY Mini Company

Brownies Fairy Flax” Naas, Co Kildare

No Name Club” Blessington