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Meet Étáin

From an early age, the connection I’ve felt to music has been unlike any other feeling I’ve ever experienced. Sometimes it feels like it’s just pulsing through me – it’s so much a part of me that I can’t disconnect from it. 

I’m an only child and I grew up in an isolated part of rural Ireland. When I was younger, I used to get my words mixed up and I’d tell people that I was a “lonely child”. It actually sounds a little sad now, but it didn’t seem that way then. Music kept me company and I never really felt alone with it. Instead, I felt surrounded by it. I felt safe. 

From an early age, the connection I’ve felt to music has been unlike any other feeling I’ve ever experienced. Sometimes it feels like it’s just pulsing through me – it’s so much a part of me that I can’t disconnect from it. 

I’m an only child and I grew up in an isolated part of rural Ireland. When I was younger, I used to get my words mixed up and I’d tell people that I was a “lonely child”. It actually sounds a little sad now, but it didn’t seem that way then. Music kept me company and I never really felt alone with it. Instead, I felt surrounded by it. I felt safe. 

In the summer of 2018, I went to an IMRO event with the songwriter Paul WIlliams, and something he said there resonated with what I had experienced throughout my life. He said that songwriting is emotional advocacy; it’s reaching out and making people feel less alone in the world. If only for 3 and a half minutes, a song can make a person feel connected and safe. 

That was the moment I decided to pursue my craft. Williams’ words gave me purpose and they continue to inform the ethos that grounds my work. As long as I am making music, I hope that it is keeping someone company – making them feel a little less alone in the world.

Listen to “At Least One”

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Meet Michelle Anderson

My Name is Michelle Anderson and I am a professional Makeup Artist working in Ireland for over 10 years.

I got into makeup purely by chance! The closest thing I got to art in preparation for my leaving cert was when we had to do a project for english class, the topic was wide open and I chose fashion… John Galliano, Balenciaga, Versace and it was one of the happiest and memorable projects I worked on in school!

While I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do after school I did an interview for a beauty therapy course and all I kept talking about was runway/celebrity makeup in magazines and the interviewers just butted in and said we think you’re in the wrong course… I was confused, and in that moment felt even more lost until they said there was a two year full time course in makeup artistry (which I had never heard of as a profession) and fashion, in which I was thought how to sew and bring fashion and makeup together by one of John Rocha’s assistants Cynthia Stewart.

Now, in hindsight makeup was always my destiny, I just didn’t realise it’s significance in my life at the time because it didn’t make sense until now. Shining through on the projects I work on and artists from all sense of the word that I have met, been inspired by and created with. It’s a wonderful place to be, to be called upon not only for the skills I possess but also my creative vision and input.

I say to anyone who has a feeling about something that they would like to explore and study is to go for it, passion and creativity are driving forces that shouldn’t be kept in a box… There is enough for everyone and there is a place for everyone here.

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Meet Nathan Hackett

My name is Nathan Hackett, I am a 21 year old Computer Science and Multimedia student at Maynooth University (and soon to be graduate fingers crossed!). For the past 5+ years, my creative outlet has been photography, along with some videography. My forte would be landscapes and urban photography, but I never limited myself to any one area. Since starting, I have sampled all types including weddings, portraiture, astrological and minimalist. I have always had a knack for picking up a camera from an early age, and towards the end of 2015 was when I invested into my first production grade digital camera. Why? Aside from the sought after quality upgrade in my images, there were several reasons behind why I decided to make this investment and dive into the world of photography. 


Firstly: it’s a hobby; a pastime; a means of escapism; something that I enjoy doing without any conditions. I believe this type of pastime is something everyone should practice, regardless of what it yields physically (in this case photos), but because of its benefits for one’s wellbeing, mental and otherwise. I think that doing something for the love of it will always yield positive results, where it can even be furthered into a profession where the same principle applies. If you enjoy doing it, you’re probably very good at it!


Secondly: for the people that I have met through this hobby. Meeting people with common interests goes without saying that it is a brilliant means of expanding your network, and with that is my favourite saying: “Your Network is your Net-worth”. I have met countless incredibly talented and generous people through this creative area who are, no doubt, friends for life.


Thirdly: for the places it takes me and adventures it brings me on. Before beginning, I always enjoyed the outdoors, but taking up the camera has taken me to places I probably would never have thought to venture to, by foot, by car or by bike, and that’s just in Ireland! I am greatly appreciative thinking about where it has taken me, and where it will take me in future is very exciting to contemplate.


Finally: for the retrospective aspect. A photo is a moment captured in time that has already happened and will never happen again, effectively being immortalised in ink or pixels. Whether it be for documentation, educational, business or personal reasons, I think a photo always has a story to tell, or there’s a story to tell behind every one. From a creative perspective, I think it’s really opened my eyes to appreciating the little things in my environment and social surroundings.