We've been receiving lots of feedback from artists and photographers recently that making finished work is getting tougher and that exhibitions are increasingly difficult to fund and stage.
It's also a tough environment for artists making multiple and edition prints and one that we've been determined to overcome.
Well, we were wondering how best we could reduce costs to give lower prices and we had one of those lightbulb moments that was a complete game changer.
A leading paper manufacturer is now making paper by the mill reel for us so we're receiving our own 'private label' range of fine art papers directly from their mills, taking delivery of 2 huge reels of paper last week. The reels look kind of boring but what's inside them is electrifying for the likes of us!
The really great news is that we can now offer our own label Fire fine art papers and significantly reduce the price of our archival pigment prints whilst maintaining and improving the quality of our prints.
Perfect result, fabulous work for artists and photographers for far less spend!
Equally exciting are the huge reductions our own label papers allow us to offer on multiple and edition prints, these now being a fraction of the original price.
We're thrilled by these innovations and will be publishing new price lists for our new and existing papers shortly.
Please call in for a sample and a tour, we're keen to show off.
These mill reels are normally supplied to paper converters who package and brand them for the manufacturers so we're having to design and manufacture our own equipment and will be posting the story of the new Fire papers and their development on our Facebook page.
We've loved working closely with Kate to make this image, as well as the works for her series 'Nobody photographs me anymore' which was commissioned by curator Aoife Ruane in 2009 for West Cork Arts Centre.
Recently, we've made the new works for Kate's show 'I am here, you are there' which is currently showing at the Highlanes Gallery in Drogheda and which has been extended to run until June the 24th. The exhibition contains eight large-scale portraits of eight women, linked by a lifetime living in the peninsula of Howth, Co. Dublin and explores ideas of ageing and beauty in contemporary western society.
A hive of industry we have been here at Fire, framing and printing for the most amazing project Pictiúr led by the Laureate na nÓg project. Pictiúr, an exciting new exhibition of the work of Ireland’s leading children’s book illustrators, is curated by the fabulous Laureate na nÓg, Niamh Sharkey and will visit four venues in Europe during Ireland’s Presidency of the EU, before returning to Ireland to tour.
Featured image above, the distinctive vintage signature of the very talented Mr. Steven Simpson. The exhibition will comprise 42 art pieces and will include illustrations from books written in English and Irish.
For more information, do visit http://childrenslaureate.ie/
We at Fire were honored to produce the above sublime image by IADT student Jamin Keogh (pictured above), that was bestowed as a gift to Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy. Deenihan TD.
This gift was given to Minister Deenihan to highlight the exceptional work produced at IADT, and also to mark an amazing initiative between Wexford Festival Opera and the IADT.
Minister Deenihan congratulated Wexford Festival Opera and the IADT for jointly signing a new Memorandum of Understanding between their organisations on Wednesday 6th February 2013.
The Memorandum of Understanding provides for student internships during the annual Opera Festival in Wexford. These internships will enable students working in areas of — make up, prosthetics and wigs, costume and dressing, stage technician, properties lighting and sound audio visual to gain essential first-hand experience of opera production.
January is a month known for being extra tight on the purse strings; being especially stressful for all you students out there. Here at Fire, we're determined to look after our students, and so have a fantastic opportunity for 10 of you to receive a free 150mb scan on our cool new Hasselblad X5 scanner.
The first 10 students through Fire's door will receive a free 150mb scan. It's as simple as that. No strings. No small print. No cost. Just a gorgeous razor sharp scan to get you pumped up.
All you have to do is bring yourself and your negative or transparency film in through the door and let us take care of the rest!
Abigail O'Brien was working with us recently in The Copper House, preparing pieces from her 'Salt Fields' collection for an exhibition in Portugal. Her photographic art pieces were produced using a process called 'Liquid Acrylic Mounting' by Mark Paisley and Dorje DeBurgh.
Need to know how to save your files for 'Propeller'? No problem, Mark has made a helpful video(above) showing you how to do just that. If you have any question send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call, we are delighted to answer any questions you have. Follow us on facebook and twitter for updates on 'Propeller,' and the latest news from Fire. Best of luck to everyone!
Yes that's right we have extended the deadline for entries to 'Propeller'. We've heard from final year students that you are all under huge pressure to get your end of year shows finished. So with this in mind we have decided to take some of that pressure off and extended our competition deadline. Get your entries into us by 12 noon on Monday June 6th and be in with a chance to win our major €20,000 art competition.