Local artist promotes Ireland overseas

  • King John's Castle by Orla Hickey
  • Orla-Hickey
King John's Castle, Limerick by Orla Hickey.

As well as launching her new website, Orla Hickey who is based in the Ballyhoura region in Kilteely, Co. Limerick, was asked to take part in Tourism Ireland’s international online campaign #FillYourHeartWithIreland.

Tourism Ireland contacted Orla after spotting a time-lapse drawing she had posted on her Instagram page, @urban_fabric_by_orla_hickey, of a vibrant drawing of an Irish streetscape. Her work was shared via Tourism Ireland platforms in Italy, The Netherlands, Australia, USA and the Middle East.

Her time-lapse posts show her process of creating authentic representations of Irish streetscapes and landmarks in vibrant colours to highlight the everyday beauty throughout Ireland.

“I am thrilled that I was asked to be part of such an exciting campaign where Irish artists, photographers and musicians are involved. It’s fantastic to see people overseas connect with Ireland through my art.” Orla said.

The campaign wants to connect Ireland with the rest of the world when people can’t travel right now but want them to keep Ireland in their minds for future trips.

Drawing on her background in Architecture, Orla started her business in late 2018, shortly after the birth of her first child. She has always enjoyed art in many forms, with one of her projects as an illustrator for a beautiful children’s book titled Celebrating You, created by The Hr Suite, to discuss inclusivity and diversity in life.

If you would like to see more of Orla’s art, visit her website at www.urbanfabric.ie or on her social media pages.

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