Hamrsley Art

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Orlaith Hamersley Artist - Fine Art Drawing Craft Prints  - Waterford Ireland My name is Orlaith Hamersley. I am an Irish artist and designer living on the Copper Coast beneath the Comeragh Mountains, next to the sea in Bonmahon, County Waterford, Ireland.

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Phone: 00 353 87 1217143

Address: Hamersley Art, Bonmahon, Co. Waterford, Ireland.

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For film, media, sound, music and costumes contact Victoria (Vicky) Hamersley (Audio/Visual Media specialist) at - victoriahamersley@gmail.com 

My art studio is located in Bunmahon (AKA Bonmahon) between the thriving market town of Dungarvan and the holiday destination of Tramore on the Copper Coast of Waterford. I enjoy views of the County Waterford coastline, and of the Comeragh and Knockmealdown mountains.

After working as a draughtsman for many years, I settled in Bunmahon on the Copper Coast, County Waterford. Inspired by my surroundings, I rekindled my love of art. I paint what is to hand in a traditional, often expressionistic style using pencil, acrylic and watercolour. My paintings are inspired by actual locations and events I sketch and draw pleine air and complete my work in the studio of my Bunmahon home. My paintings are bright and bold, in contrast to the mechanical monochromatic nature of my pencil art.

I am fortunate to live by the ocean and a short distance from forests and the mountains in Munster. I collect shells and sea glass from the beach and pine cones from the forest floor. My pockets are often full. I enjoy drawing whelks (the common name for sea snail) whose empty shells wash up regularly on the shore. The texture, colour and spiral form is fascinating and feature in a lot of my art.

I have a keen interest in the crafts, particularly needle craft, I love to knit and crochet on long winters evenings, I design and handcraft luxury scarves and wraps made with the finest yarn. I am a member of the Crafts Council of Ireland.

Bunmahon, also known as Bonmahon, is a coastal village in County Waterford, in the south east of Ireland, at the mouth of the River Mahon at the heart of what is now The Copper Coast. Bunmahon, (Bun Machan) lies in the townland of Templeyvrick (Teampall Ui Bhric) in the district of Kilmacthomas in the province of Munster.


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Thank you

The family of the late Eddie Keane (Stradbally and formerly Lismore park) would like to express their deepest gratitude to their friend's neighbours and extended family for their kindness help and support during this sad time, a special note of thanks to the emergency services. Eddie's wife Eileen, children Bernie, Colm, Orlaith and Aileen would like to thank everyone who offered sympathy and support in the last few weeks. We very much appreciate the kindness shown to us.


Art project is association with Atlantic Geotourism Route, Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark, Knockmahon NS,  and Hamersley Art.

I have recently started work on a new art, culture and Earth science/heritage engagement project in conjunction with Knockmahon school and the Copper Coast Geopark encompassing the themes of the Atlantic Georoute project. During the project the students will be challenged to explore the environment of the Copper Coast Geopark in a fun and creative way.
Plein air art, brainstorming, spatial awareness and poetry are some of the activities; students will also learn about other Geoparks in the Atlantic area.
The students work will be compiled into a booklet, the children will be involved in the creative process, all text will be researched and written by the children themselves with a strong emphasis on teamwork.

The illustrations are the students interpretation of the Copper Coast Geopark and are a wonderful insight into how lucky they are to live in the area. The finished book will be launched in May 2019.
This project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme. 

Crochet Heart and Flower Motif Workshop

Come and learn how to crochet heart and flower motif with Orlaith Hamersley at the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre in Bunmahon.
Saturday February 9th 2 to 4pm cost 15 euro including materials.
Beginners welcome!
Booking is essential as places are limited.
Email Orlaith at hamersleyart@gmail.com to book
Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Christmas Crochet Motif Workshop!

Come and learn how to crochet Christmas themed motif with Orlaith Hamersley at the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre in Bunmahon.
Saturday November 24th 2 to 4pm cosy 15 euro including materials.
Beginners welcome!
Booking is essential as places are limited.

Email Orlaith at hamersleyart@gmail.com to book
The Copper Coast Cafe will be open on the day.
Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Christmas Paper Craft Workshop

Escape the hustle and bustle for an afternoon and come to the tranquil Copper Coast Visitor Centre in Bunmahon to learn how to make Christmas themed paper starts and transform them into a variety of imaginative Christmas decorations with creative Orlaith Hamersley. 

A choice of 2 one hour workshops. 
Saturday December 15th 2 to 3pm and again at 3.30 to 4.30pm cost 5 euro including materials.
Beginners welcome! 
Booking is appreciated! 
Email Orlaith at hamersleyart@gmail.com to book. 
The Copper Coast Cafe will be open on the day!
This is a family friendly event but children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Children First

I am happy to say that I have recently completed the Tusla (Child and family agency) "Introduction to Children First" elearning programme. (6-11-2018)

A unique creative path

September 2018
My daughter Victoria Hamersley  has set off in her own creative direction, Audio/Visual Media is her chosen field.
Victoria has been creative from an early age but recently has shown and interest in film, media, music and costumes, working both sides of the camera lens. 

Vicky is currently studying for an Advanced Certificate in Audio/Visual Media contact her at victoriahamersley@gmail.com

Copper Coast Skills Taster Day

At the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre, Bunmahon,
Saturday October 6th, 1pm to 5.30pm.
In association with Hamersley Art and supported by Creative Ireland Waterford, and Waterford City and County Council.
Special price of only 10 euro, light refreshments and materials are included.
Join us in the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre for a unique day of craft and traditional skills taster workshops.
The 3 taster workshops will include the traditional crafts of crochet, embroidery, and sailors knots!
Learn all the skills required to make a Galway shawl with artist and designer Orlaith Hamersley.
An introduction to Bayeux tapestry style embroidery with Medieval textile expert Katherine Walsh. (Some basic sewing skills an advantage)
Experienced sailor Billy Crowley will teach you how to tie a variety of useful sailors knots.
Booking is essential as places are limited. Craft enthusiasts of all skill levels are welcome. 
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information or to book please email hamersleyart@gmail.com

"Body and Motion" art workshop. 

First week of our "Body and Motion" art workshop. 
Great work by the pupils from Knockmahon School.
It was a pleasure to teach these students!
May/June 2018

Hamersley Art business sabbatical

May 28th to September 3rd

As summer is fast approaching I have made the decision to take a break from work and voluntary commitments to spend some time with my family, I will be unavailable for commissions and events from May 28th to September 3rd (2018).
I would like to thank all my customers for their support over the last few years and hope to back to work with my batteries recharged in the Autumn.


Copper Coast Geopark Skills Taster Day
Join me and a number of other skilled crafters in the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre in Bonmahon for a unique day of craft and traditional skills taster workshops.
Saturday February 3rd 2018, 10am to 4.00pm
65 euro per person, light lunch, refreshments and materials are included.
Taster workshops will include traditional needle craft, naalbinding, spinning, finger loop braiding and, appropriate for February, St. Bridget Cross weaving, all materials will be provided and a light lunch will be served. Booking is essential, craft enthusiasts of all skill levels are welcome. No previous craft experience is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Group discount available.
For more information or to book please email hamersleyart@gmail.com

Tramore Maritime Festival 2017

The summer is over and autumn nights are drawing in, the Maritime Festival in Tramore is a salute to this change of season and the feast of St Michaelmas. Orlaith was delighted to be invited by the festival committee to join a number of other artists for a group art exhibition celebrating the sea and our connection to it. The show will run until October 18th at the Coastguard Cultural Center, Live Lane, in Tramore. 

Copper Coast Geopark
I am delighted to announce that my next art exhibition will be at the Copper Coast Geopark this April 21st to 23rd.
This latest collection "A Lady inspired" will include a number if new works influenced by the copper coast and its artistic heritage.
Plenty of long walks along our wonderful coastline and some historical research has given me plenty of energy and motivation.

I am happy that tis exhibition is on the 2017 West Waterford Festival of Food Art Trail.

Orlaith Hamersley and Victoria Hamersley team up to exhibit in Tramore

Open Art Space,
Coastguard Cultural Centre,
Love Lane, Tramore.
January 2017 11th to 30th
A light hearted art exhibition of reproductions by the mother and daughter team from Bunmahon on the Copper Coast of Waterford.

Tramore Maritime Festival Art Exhibition

4 of my paintings are on exhibition at the Coastguard Cultural Centre, Love Lane, Tramore, Co Waterford.
A group exhibition of art by local ladies is on display in the upstairs gallery as part of the  Tramore Maritime Festival until October 18th.

Walking art tour of Bunmahon on Waterford's Copper Coast

on this walking tour Orlaith will guide you to some beautiful locations ideal for plein-air sketching.

Email:  hamersleyart@gmail.com for more details

Victioria Hamersley

My daughter Victoria Hamersley will be exhibiting for the second time in the open art space at the Coastguard Cultural Centre, Love Lane, Tramore 23rd to 7th July. A selection of her bright colourful illustrations inspired by Japanese youth culture will be on display.

July exhibition

A selection of my new work "Emanation" will be on exhibit in the Copper Coast Geopark visitor centre for the month of July. This will be my second exhibition in the Geopark this year and will coincide with the Gala Weekend organised by the Edith Collier's Bunmahon Heritage Society.

I am very honoured that Gordon Collier the nephew of world renowned artist Edith Collier has agreed to open an exhibition of my art. The exhibition of new art work titled "Emanation" will run for the month of July in the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre Bunmahon.

"A Lady Inspired" Acrylic and pencil on canvas by Orlaith Hamersley

The official opening will be preformed by Gordon Collier from Wanganui in New Zealand on Friday July 15th at 8pm. Gordon's late aunt was one of New Zealand's foremost early 20th century artists. Members of the Collier family will be visiting Bunmahon to attend the Gala Weekend planned to celebrate Edith Collier's connection with the south east of Ireland. A wide range of events are planned over the 3 day mini festival this July 15th 16th and 17th in Bunmahon on The Copper Coast of Ireland. I am proud to be on the Edith Collier's Heritage Society committee and to have my exhibition opening as one of the official Gala Weekend events.
So please join me (Orlaith Hamersley) in welcoming Gordon and the other members of the Collier family to Bunmahon and enjoy some light refreshments at the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre Bunmahon, Friday 15th of July at 8pm.

Tribute to Edith Collier

Edith Collier's Bunmahon Heritage Society Gala weekend will take place on July 15th 16th and 17th in various locations around Bunmahon and will celebrate 100 years since the historic artist Edith Collier lived and worked in Bunmahon.

I am proud to be on the Edith Colliers Heritage Society committee and to have my exhibition opening as one of the official Gala Weekend events. the summers of 1914 and 1915 Edith stayed here in Bunmahon painting and drawing the people she met, their houses and countryside.

Edith produced over 70 art works during her visit. Her paintings are beautiful and her life story is fascinating. A series of events are planned this July to celebrate 100 years since her visit, including an art exhibition, and a vintage tea party. I am delighted to be helping out with the planning of the commemoration, it was my research into Edith for the events that inspired the drawing. for more details see www.edithcolliersbunmahon.wordpress.com

I did a little portrait the Post Impressionist / Modernist painter from New Zealand.

Miecraft Mad!

Over the last number of months I have noticed a strange phenomenon in the Hamersley household...

The children have gone Minecraft Mad!

So much so I was promoted to start a Minecraft inspired craft project...

Follow the evolution of a handmade gaming blanket for a teenager, from its conception to the pattern design to the finished throw. Watch the idea grow from a brainwave to a sketch, to a finished blanket and fnally a PDF pattern.

I designed and crocheted a Minecraft gaming blanket....
Read all about it HERE on the thewoolshop.ie blog


Thank you to the Munster Express for some lovely reviews of my Art Exhibitions.

Irish TV

Orlaith welcomed a team from Irish TV to the Hamersley Art studio on recently. It was a changeable afternoon on the Copper Coast, the sun shone at times showing off Bonmahon at its best. Fiona from Irish TV interviewed Orlaith in her workshop for almost 2 hours, collecting footage for their County Matters programme. Fiona was interested in what brought Orlaith to Bonmahon, what inspires her art work, and where she is exhibiting next. After taking shots of Orlaith's art work and studio the camera man Dominic filmed Orlaith walking along the strand in Bonmahon with her young son Conor, collecting sea shells as they went. 
The Waterford County Matters magazine show featuring Hamersley Art is due to be aired within the next two weeks. Irish TV is Ireland's first international TV station broadcasting stories all over the world it is available online at www.irishtv.ie SKY 191 and Freesat 400.
Watch the interview Here

Chakra Blanket

Chakra blankets now available to order from Hamersley Art.

Luxurious swash of rainbow colours made to your specifications in the The Diese County.

For orders and commissions please e-mail hamersleyart@gmail.com

Reginald's Tower

While exhibiting in Aofe's cafe and gallery on the Mall Waterford I had the opportunity to spend some time in Waterford City. I had forgotten how impressive the architecture in the city was.

Reginald's Tower, in Waterford City's historic Viking Triangle, built at the beginning of the 13th century.

Past exhibitions include

Spring 2015 - Solo Exhibition - Copper Coast Geopark, Bunmahon 

Feb to Apr 2015 - Coastguard Cultural Centre - Open art space – Tramore

Summer 2016 - Cockleshell Gallery – Group exhibition – Duncannon, Wexford

Oct 2015 - Coastguard Cultural Centre - Solo Exhibition - Tramore

Dec  2015- Index Gallery - Solo Exhibition – Waterford City Library

Dec 2014 - Solo Exhibition -  Waterford City Library

Sept 2014 - Open Art Space - Coast Guard Cultural Centre, Tramore

July 2014 - Solo Exhibition - Coast Guard Cultural Centre, Tramore

1st & 2nd Feb 2014 - Group exhibition - 'walking gallery' Fermoy festival of arts

Jan 2014 - Solo exhibition - Aoife's 33 the Mall, Waterford 

Nov 13 - Open Art Space - Coast Guard Cultural Centre, Tramore

3-11-13 to 30-1-14 - Freedom beach art gallery - Tramore, Waterford

Oct 13 - Ferrybank Library, Kilkenny

May to June 2013 - Solo exhibition - 44 Merchanrs Quay, Waterford

May 2013 - Solo exhibition - Coast Guard Cultural Centre

Spring 2013 – Group exhibition – Cockleshell Gallery

May 2012 - Open Art Space - Coast Guard Cultural Centre

March 2012 - Solo exhibition - Coast Guard Cultural Centre

Luxury Irish scarves wraps and shawls by Orlaith

Scarves wraps and shawls have been worn by the women of Ireland for centuries. My textile designs reflect this heritage but with a fresh modern twist, made with the finest quality yarn, lovingly crafted for hours, each of these garments is unique and special. My crochet creations are heirlooms for the future. 

"her crochet and knitwear are beautiful, especially the Christening Shawls with a Lindisfarne Cross set with simplicity into the pattern and fabric of the piece. A hand-made shawl that will be handed down in family memory." Liam Murphy, The Munster Express 

For orders and commissions please e-mail hamersleyart@gmail.com 

Orlaith's crochet work is NOW available from the Coastguard Cultural Centre, Love Lane, Tramore, Co Waterford and the Copper Coast Geopark Visitors Centre, Bunmahon, Co Waterford.

Garment care instructions

To ensure your Hamersley Art garment looks good & lasts for as long as possible please follow the care instructions below carefully.

My scarves and wraps come with a unique handmade porcelain tag, Like the garment they adorn each tag is different and crafted by me. 

The porcelain tags is delicate and like your favorite china will chip and break if mistreated.

Please remove the porcelain tag before washing

Hand wash only - Dry flat - Iron at low temperature - Do not bleach

For sales, enquiries, orders, or commissions

please contact :-

Orlaith Hamersley, Hamersley Art, Seascapes,

Bonmahon, Co Waterford, Ireland

00353 87 1217143


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