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An interview with Piera Cirefice Illustration

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Piera Cirefice is an Irish illustrator, who recently graduated from Falmouth University. She has a passion for the outdoors which fuels her work with travel reportage. Piera helps to capture living landscapes through the use of watercolours and sketching. She also uses a variety of traditional materials and techniques in order to address contemporary issues.

What motivated you to create your business?

Art has always been a passion of mine and it has always been my dream to be an artist. Growing up with parents who both work freelance in the creative industry has shown me it is possible to make a living out of my love of art. My ambition to live solely off of my love of art, particularly illustration is what drives me and motivates me to make my business a feasible reality.

 What do you hope to receive from the graduate program?

With the graduate programme I hope to develop my work as an illustrator, constantly honing in on my visual language so as to create a strong foundation for establishing my business. I hope to achieve this through being offered the studio space. Being offered this space and having the chance to work in a shared creative environment should hopefully give my business the opportunity it needs to get it off the floor, as it’ll offer my practice better focus and direction. As a freelance illustrator, I feel it’s important to make clear distinctions between personal life and work and so I believe having the separate space will provide me with more motivation and drive.

How does your educational background help you with your business?

I studied my art foundation diploma and then my degree in Illustration at Falmouth University (Cornwall). I feel the latter really motivated me to pursue Illustration as a career, as the final stage of the degree was very much so geared towards professional practice. The final year involved a trip to New York to present my portfolio to the main names in the industry, like Penguin and The New York Times. This is probably the scariest thing I have done with regards to my work and so having done it and coming out of the experience realising I’m still in one piece has given me the confidence and determination to pursue my career in Illustration.

What work are you most proud of?

The work I am most proud of would be a large body of work I built up in my second year of my degree which involved documenting my travels around Connemara in February 2015, through the context of Travel Reportage Illustration and anchoring the work with W.B. Yeat’s poetry. The project resulted in making a book, illustrating Yeat’s poem “The lake Isle of Innisfree”. The body of work was awarded second place in the Reportage Illustration Awards at Falmouth and subsequently allowed me scope to successfully apply for the Falmouth Travel Bursary which enabled me to travel to the Scottish Highlands that summer and embark on another chapter in my work exploring the context of travel reportage illustration and its different possibilities. The work done in Connemara is therefore one I am most proud of as it allowed me to hone in on my skills and was sort of a realisation point for me in terms of the line in which I wanted to take my practice as an illustrator; using the context of travel reportage to document the living landscape, its histories and stories tied to its land.

What inspires your style of illustration?

Growing up at the foothills of the Mourne Mountains has instilled in me a great passion for the outdoors and so getting outside and exploring, especially the beautiful place I’m lucky enough to live in is what inspires me to create! After spending half a year travelling around New Zealand after graduating I was left with a rejuvenated passion for en plein air work, documenting first-hand accounts of the embodied experience and the thrill of exploring somewhere new! Coming home I was therefore motivated to pursue this work of travel reportage and explore further areas of keen interests of mine such as cartography and natural history illustration. I also find immersing myself in other creatives’ work hugely inspiring!

http://www.pieracirefice.co.uk/

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We are celebrating everyone that has been part of organsing & taking part of Belfast Design week and we want to bring everyone together!
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We are super grateful for all the collaborations of events, people sharing their stories, learning about design & most importantly, how we have come together as a community to support each other!
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We wanted to gather everyone together that took part of the events to celebrate each other's hard work and end the week on an uplifting note!
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There will be an exhibition of some local designers & photographers happening in ArtceteraStudio, live band performing & some wine and pizza!
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It' BYOB, so feel free to bring your own and come celebrate with us!
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We are kicking everything off at 7:30 with giving thanks, then screening our 'The Power of Design' series by @creatingaspace and from there have a great time!
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See you all there!
Instagram post 2172220671491803965_295518986 Big Design Day Out : Matter Market
Date: 9th November
Time :12-6 PM
Location :Artcetera Studios
43 Rosemary Street Belfast, BT1 1QF
@matter.sustainablemarket
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Matter Sustainable Market is a space where we come together to exchange ideas, encourage each other & celebrate entrepreneurship in Belfast.
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This is @matter.sustainablemarket 2nd market in 2019 and are honoured to have such incredible vendors taking part.
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Each and everyone of these brands are unique, offer a sense of individuality and produce beautiful products.
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Whether you are looking for gifts coming up to Christmas, treating yourself or simply looking to find more creative in Belfast, this is the market for you!
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There will be a range of Jewellery, art, knitwear, Handmade vegan scrub, vintage clothing brands, light sculptures, textiles, weave, fashion, illustration & embroidery!
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We are celebrating the beginning & middle points of everyone’s journey and want to come together to uplift this community
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We kick off at 12 PM at Artcetera Studios and wrap up at 6PM.
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Instagram post 2172016145283388501_295518986 We had the pleasure of attending another great @belfastdesignwk event this afternoon! Getting Retail Ready with @wearemaven_ @hunterpaperco and @dollybirdsart. Such an insightful session!
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Instagram post 2170481917080949390_295518986 Your Dream Business Fair
10:00 - 11:00 AM
108 North Street, BT1 1LE
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We are really excited for this event : Your Dream Business Design Fair happening on 7th November at our Belfast Design Week hub.
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It is an event for people that are starting out in their business journey, or in the thick of being self employed but looking for a change in their career.
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It is to inspire people to create the change they want, to get the clients they have always wanted & to get support from different organisations in Belfast.
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It's easy to be caught up in the process of running a business, so this fair offers time, space & and industry experts speaking on different challenges people may be facing & how to overcome them.
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It will be a great networking event to meet other creatives in the city too!
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Featuring : -Ignite NI
-Future Screens
-Queen's University
-Ulster University
-Illustrators Ireland
-Craft NI
-Belfast City Council
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Don't miss your opportunity to meet & connect!
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He started off sharing the different aspects on what has made his own following grow on Instagram and explaining his branding & how he tells stories with his photographs.
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It was super interesting to hear his process about what he has learnt over the last 5 years, what has worked, what has been hard and also coming through a time where he didn’t want to be on Instagram because of not feeling authentic.
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Authenticity was a theme that came up a lot and it is a very important thing to keep in mind when building your brand and trying to connect to your customer. He was saying that you want to be building a story around your brand & product, posting meaningful images, but not always focusing on your product, but telling stories of your life.
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Sharing your process is super important and he said that you must develop boundaries around using social media. To not fall into the comparison game & also to not be letting it take over your life.
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There was a lot of amazing things he spoke about and we are grateful that he gave us his time to share his process and getting an insight to what it can look like to be running your own business.
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Be sure to follow him on all socials and support your local entrepreneurs!
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Be sure to check out the rest of @belfastdesignwk events this week! So much magic happening in this city!
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Instagram post 2169064467663795159_295518986 The Time is Now // Womenfolk
5.11.19
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We are excited to introduce our first panellist @dot_projects from Dot Projects who will be speaking at our event on Tuesday.
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We are super grateful for the opportunity to have such amazing people take part of our events and allow us to get an insight to their life!
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In this panel discussion, we have chosen four amazing women in Design and we asked them various questions around being self employed, what the realities are like running your own business and getting a different perspective from them all!
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We are excited for this event and wanting to continue to celebrate the creative community in Belfast and hold space & uplift everyone!
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Join us on the 5th November from 8-9:30 PM🎥 by @creatingaspace
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Project brought to you by @blickstudios & @creatingaspace collaborating with @womenfolk.co & @belfastdesignwk
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Instagram post 2166971342279552948_295518986 Mono-type exploring abstract form, colour & creativity.
9.11.19
Location :Blick Studios
Price: £45
12:30 - 4:30 PM
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This workshop is primarily for those who wish to explore their creative side in addition to having a 'mindful' couple of hours in a guided, non-judgmental environment.
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Outcome: to create pieces of artwork in the form of a Mono-typeWhat you will learn : - Mark making - Basic colour mixing and texture building - The joy of creative play - Mono-type printing - Remember how to enjoy your art without judgement - To relax, quieten the mind and be present
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To book your space today visit : https://getinvited.to/bronagh/mono-type-exploring-abstract-form-colour-and-creativity/
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@nineteenthirtyatelier may have something for you...
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They’re curating a workshop with the aim of creating piece of artwork each week exploring different methods.
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You’ll learn a host of new things including:
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• Mono type printing.
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This 6 week course will begin on Wednesday 6th November, through to Wednesday 11th December. 7PM - 8PM.
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Blick Studios, 51 Malone Road.
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To book your space today visit .https://getinvited.to/bronagh/creative-mindful-art-journalling/
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Instagram post 2166820734511829468_295518986 Are you looking for a private office in a building filled with creative business?
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Blick Shared Studios Malone Road currently have a private office suitable for 2 people starting from the 1st December!
It is £300 a month and it includes furniture, broadband, 24 hour access, rates & utilities and use of meeting rooms & communal spaces.
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Our Malone Road studios is a beautiful building with lots of natural light, high ceilings & original period features.
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Most of all, taking a space at Blick Studios is more than just a physical space. It's about meeting and working  alongside like minded people, collaborating, learning and sharing experiences.
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If you are interested in the private room, please email info@blickstudios.com
Check out our Instagram highlights to see more of our Malone Road studios!
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Instagram post 2165632565523036226_295518986 Matter is not only a retail space, but a social space. They create conversations, and they listen. They seek to create a hub to educate, promote and sustain creatives in the fashion industry in hope for a brighter, more ethical and sustainable future.
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We LOVE collaborating with people that are in the beginning & middle part of their business journey. Whether you are just starting out, testing an idea or wanting to connect with local creative people, @matter.sustainablemarket are creating a pop up sustainable market on the 9th November from 12-6 at @artceterastudio43 over @belfastdesignwk
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They are currently still looking for vendors that are makers/designers ( jewellery, textiles, fashion, weave, knit)/artist & vintage clothes sellers to take part of the pop up market happening on the 9th November from 12-6.
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If you are interested or know anyone that would love to take part, please email : mattermarketbelfast2019@gmail.com
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Have a great week!
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Instagram post 2165276220659730045_295518986 Good morning Belfast 💛
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Instagram post 2162469211958733586_295518986 - - B I G - D E S I G N - D A Y - O U T - -We are delighted to be helping organise this event as part of @belfastdesignwk  A whole day of design activities for the whole family on Saturday 9th November.Free children's and adults digital and making workshops including: - - Poster Design
- Games Design
- Character Design
- Screen-printing & Typography
- Weaving
- Pencil Making
- Coding
- Video storytellingAlso a design treasure hunt, interactive illustration installation, pop-up market, fashion installation, film screening, pop-up museum and much, much moreFind event details and sign up for workshops here:http://belfastdesignweek.com/events
Instagram post 2161292962796330599_295518986 Are you a maker, designer, artist looking for an opportunity to sell your work/products in a space in Belfast?
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Do you struggle to find retail spaces to sell your products at a low cost?
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@matter.sustainablemarket
are creating a pop sustainable market on the 9th November in Artceteria Studios  in Belfast. They will be facilitating a pop up shop with local designers, markers and artists selling their work alongside vintage clothing being sold!
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They are currently looking for designers ( fashion, vintage ) , makers ( textiles, jewellery, weave, card makers etc) to take part and sell their work!
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They are here for the people that are in the very beginning of their process in starting out a business venture, people that are testing out their products or people that simple are looking for different retail spaces that won't be expensive or people looking to further their brand and connect with local vendors in Belfast.
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If you feel like you would be interested or know anyone that would be interested register an interest via their social @matter.sustainablemarket
Or email  mattermarketbelfast2019@gmail.com
Applications close on 31st October!
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Date : 9th November
Time : 12-6PM
Space : Artceteria Studio Rosemary Street Belfast
Price : £25 per stall
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Instagram post 2156659911805980569_295518986 Belfast is looking so lovely in the autumn sun this week! We can’t stop taking photographs!  Definitely worthy of a few detours en route to our studios 🍂☀️
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Instagram post 2155912028798432281_295518986 Spooky vibes on the way to our Cathedral Quarter studios earlier this morning!🕷
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Instagram post 2151592073558808379_295518986 Lunch break in the Cathedral Quarter. Love working in this part of our city!
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