Meet Bernie

My name is Bernie Dignam and my love of creativity stretches back to my childhood years. I am a professional artist and teacher with over 20 years experience teaching art and design.
I have exhibited my work in Ireland and USA. My work can be found in private collections in Ireland, USA, UK, France, Germany, Turkey, Australia and Singapore.

Inspired by Nature

Drama in nature, particularly in relation to light, focuses my attention and offers me a challenge in representing this intensity. At times the interaction creates striking, spectacular and beautiful combinations of colours, tones and textures.

My techniques

I like to respond intuitively to the ideas that capture my imagination in nature and mythology. I respond to a variety of themes, sometimes mixing media to communicate the appropriate response. I use ancient textile techniques: – felting, weaving & batik, along with various printmaking techniques.

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About the Artist

Bernie Dignam is Creative Director of Connemara Creative & has lived in Connemara since the 1990s. In this time, she has developed a reputation as a professional artist and one the most important art educators in the area. In addition to her work with several third-level institutions, she has engaged with all levels and abilities within her community. She delivers workshops and programmes in printmaking and textiles from her home studio, where she also showcases her work in her gallery in Moyard.
Having completed a degree in design from D.I.T. Bernie completed a further year of study at Limerick School of Art & Design. During this year she was introduced to a variety of media where printmaking and textiles left an indelible mark on her. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally for the last two decades and her work is in many private collections worldwide.
Bernie’s work responds to drama in nature, particularly in relation to light and offers subtle messages around the fragility & beauty of her environment. Her use of various ancient textile techniques and Fine Art Printmaking allow her to articulate, & sometimes even resolve, issues of personal conflict. As an interdisciplinary artist, each medium conveys a different narrative around the various themes that inspire her work.

Batik

Batik is a resist method using wax and dye to create surface decoration on fabric. I use this medium to create vibrant pieces both abstract and figurative.

Felt Making

The ancient craft of felt making is an opportunity to play with colour & texture using wool and silk fibres to create my unique pieces.

Print Making

I like to explore a variety of techniques in printmaking including collograph, drypoint, aluminium and copper etching, chine collé, carborundum and aquatint.

Tapestry weaving

Tapestry weave is a traditional technique used for centuries, it uses various fibres and yarns to depict the inspirational Connemara landscape.

Posters & Cards

Some of my most impressive works are reproduced on posters and greeting cards, personally signed to add a distinctive, unique touch.

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Creative workshops

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Indulge your creative impulse in the presence of Nature


Explore your creativity - Create unique pieces of art - Learn a creative skill - Immerse yourself in mindfulness

Unleash your inner artist and explore your creativity using ancient crafts and natural materials with local artist, Bernie Dignam, owner of Connemara Creative. Following a long and successful career in teaching, Bernie has created a unique experience at her studio in one of Connemara’s most breath-taking settings overlooking the Twelve Bens mountains and Garraunbaun lake.
Offering quality tuition, workshops are designed for intimate groups with a focus on mindfulness and bringing out the inner creativity and confidence in each person through existing or bespoke workshops.
All equipment, including materials and refreshments, are provided as part of the course fee.

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Connemara Creative Key Highlights 

Create original art using ancient & contemporary techniques - explore Bernie’s Fine Art pieces
Enjoy the creative ambience of a professional artists studio within an inspirational setting
Beautiful Location overlooking Twelve Bens mountains and Garraunbaun lake
Connemara Hub convenient to key Connemara locations including Kylemore Abbey and Clifden
Quality time to spend with family, friends, like-minded people in a stress free environment
Catering meals can be pre-ordered - unlimited tea/coffee available at each workshop

Prices

 

Our workshops comply with COVID-19 Safety Charter Terms and Conditions.

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Testimonials

Bernie is really creative and her work is very beautiful, her bright studio is the ideal space to find her own art.
Liam Dossena
Bernie's studio is a great space to be free to explore your ideas with her expertise, a lovely experience.
Grace O'Connor
It is great fun to do different workshops with Bernie. Especially the felting workshop got me completely hooked. Bernie is a very good and relaxed teacher. Absolutely worth trying.
Ellen van Boeijen
Had a wonderful day wet felting. Bernie is superb tutor and such an enjoyable day spent learning new skills. Thx you look forward to seeing you soon.
Michelle Courtney
Bernie does fabulous work, and I think is a very talented and generous teacher, working and living in a beautiful area.
Heather Greer
Had an enjoyable day at wet felting workshop. Bernie a wonderful teacher! Hooked already!!!
Catherine O' Connor