Materials Matter / Ábhar Ábhar

Materials Matter / Ábhar Ábhar is a collaborative project devised by three artists and educators, Clare Breen, Mary Conroy and Laura Ní Fhlaibhín. Their individual practices share the common denominator of sustainability and environmental awareness within the process of art production.


Copper Blue Ink

The alchemy of salt and vinegar to create a blue ink.

Reading time: 2 minutes

Charcoal ink

Crushed charcoal transforms into a rich black ink.

Reading time: 2 minutes

Avocado Ink

Make a rich reddish pink ink with the leftover stones and skins of avacado.

Reading time: 2 minutes

Drawing tools

Make your own drawing tools from found objects

Reading time: 5 minutes

DIY Charcoal

From living willow to drawing tools

Reading time: 3 minutes

Oak Gall Ink

Collecting, drying and processing oak galls into ink

Reading time: 2 minutes