BAILE SHEINIC FOX – Illustrator MAEVE O’KEEFFE

Isn’t it interesting how one idea can lead to another? Take our Glounthaune Fox. Last year I was asked by Glounthaune Tidy Towns to submit a design for the Ballyhennick townland, to be used on a stone placename. As the anglicised word Ballyhennick derives from the gaelic Baile Sheinick, town of the fox, I was inspired by this graceful animal for my design. During the summer, seven place names were erected in Glounthaune, one of which was my Baile Sheinic fox! It can be seen on the roadside as you leave Glounthaune for Cork.

I was telling a friend about how my drawing was used on the roadside carving and how I subsequently incorporated more fox-related content in my art classes. She designs and makes bags. Before I knew it, she had created a gorgeous bag based on our Baile Sehinic fox (see photo).  Her handcrafted fox bags are for sale in Passage West Creates gift shop, and more details on this East Cork brand NeedleSketches can be found @MollysNeedleSketches facebook page.

Fox Bags

Meanwhile, I am busy with my After School Art Classes in SNCN Glounthaune NS, My Place, Midleton and The Pike Hall, Glanmire, and look forward to another set of Drawing & Acrylic Painting classes for adults in St. Colman’s, Midleton, starting September 2020.

For more information about my art classes for both adults and children see my Facebook page – Frazzled Mammy Cork www.facebook.com/frazzledmammycork/

©  Maeve O’Keeffe