Jackie O Neill


Art Forms: Visual Art, Illustration and Textiles

Area of Interest:

Secondary School workshops focusing on illustration and/or textiles

Interested in researching the folklore/ storytelling history of Cavan and responding visually.


Jackie O’Neill graduated in 2009 with an honors degree in Textile Design from Galway Mayo Institute of technology.  Shortly after graduating she exhibited at the New Designers show in The Design Centre London, the Knit & Stitch show in the RDS Dublin & successfully ran an the exhibition “Whimsical Nature” with fellow Graduate Aideen Lynch in Cavan Library.

Jackie resided in London for three years. In this time she did design internships for Topman and edgy east London fashion label Nuerotica. Her print designs appeared in the Topshops oxford street as part of Neuroticas  A/W 2010 collection.

Jackie O NeillIn 2012 she decided to move away from fashion and return home to focus on textile art and illustration, the result is “Dotti Was A Deer”, a limited edition collection of lighthearted and colourful fabric and paper prints suitable for children and adults alike. Two years on she has successfully produced 4 bodies of work since setting up business in her little Ballyhaise studio. Her practice is very much divided into 2 parts:

Her commercial art business “Dotti Was A Deer” is a name through which she sells her limited edition prints from all 4 bodies of work. These are affordable art works, sold mostly through her website, trade fairs, craft fairs & exhibitions. Her personal arts practice through which ‘dotti was a deer’ feeds,  is when she focuses more on playing with unusual concepts and mediums in her studio & therefore always challenging herself and growing as a visual artist.

Her range of work is influenced by both traditional and contemporary illustration, particularly the work of Arthur Rackham, Beatrix Potter and Yoko Fushuski. So far Inspiration has been drawn from animals, doodling, fairy tales  vintage markets & Modern Japanese Culture. Local folklore tales inspired the latest collection of work. Her technique combines hand drawn Illustration, Digital Manipulation, Collage, Embroidery and Appliqué.

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Contact information and further details:

Website: http://dottiwasadeer.com

Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/DottiWasADeer

Email: dottiwasadeer@yahoo.co.uk

Telephone: 087-0666873



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