PhD by Practice – The Ecological Turn: Living Well with forests to explain eco-social art practices

I'm delighted to announce that this week I was conferred with a PhD by Practice in Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design at a ceremony at University College Dublin. There are so, so many people to thank and I'm delighted to start to share some of my practice and research, FINALLY!…Read more PhD by Practice – The Ecological Turn: Living Well with forests to explain eco-social art practices

A good forest economy now needed in Ireland

The first 'forest to fuel' meeting organised by the Transition Town group FutureProof Kilkenny and Glas last week turned out to be a good event with much local interest. Contributions were made  from Glas on German woodburners and gasifiers. I made a short presentation about how my art project is documenting our transformation of our…Read more A good forest economy now needed in Ireland

Teaching myself how to ‘see’ a forest in the making

(Please click on the photo to read) I took this shot yesterday and even though it was a cold day, we have been blessed with lovely great clear days in January, here in south Carlow, Ireland - the exact opposite of this morning, sitting here in my studio watching the hail slide down the windows.…Read more Teaching myself how to ‘see’ a forest in the making

Thinning to easily create an ecologically & economically sustainable forest, in South Carlow, Ireland

Hi all, Thinning started in our small spruce plantation on Monday!!  It's very exciting to see the huge amount of light now coming in; we have a new clearing too which we will be planted with fast growing pioneer species. For our soil conditions, we'll be putting in alder and birch, that will prepare the…Read more Thinning to easily create an ecologically & economically sustainable forest, in South Carlow, Ireland

Back to the future: our woodland in 50 years time!

Well almost! As you know, my current ongoing art activity involves documenting sustainable forest management methods. On a recent and too brief trip to Slovenia I got a a clear vision of how our woodland will look after been managed in a 'close to nature, sustainable way. Doesn't it look amazing! (mind you, that's beech…Read more Back to the future: our woodland in 50 years time!

Cathy’s new film for Biodiversity week 08

I've made a new short movie 'burning bright'. Its a thank-you gift to friends who recently came over to my wood to help me make a short film with Jan Alexander, chair of Pro Silva Ireland (Crann founder) on managing perpertual, continuous cover forests. Hope you like it, Cathy PS a big thanks to Grace…Read more Cathy’s new film for Biodiversity week 08