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Fite Fuaite

I called this blog Fite Fuaite, because it is one of my favorite expressions in Irish, as Gaeilge. It means, intertwined/interwoven. I heard it many years ago, and always thought it was the perfect expression to describe what I do, and the kind of person I am.  I currently live in Dingle, a Gaeltacht area, in the wild South West of Ireland. My Irish is terrible, but I am trying to learn..slowly

This blog started as a documentation of my thoughts and research, as I studied for an MA in Digital Culture with  UCC.  I attended the course through distance learning, taking full advantage of all the different types of remote methods and tools, that were around in 2016. (Feels so long ago now! Covid19, has pretty much changed everything remote).

To date,  I have had an eclectic career. I worked for many years in the Creative Arts in Ireland, working as a weaver, in knitwear, I even dabbled in puppetry.  I’ve created work for parades, festival, films, I’ve organised and run arts events. I’ve even exhibited a bit, and in a few countries. I used to call myself a Macgyver of Artist Adventures. Whatever you needed, I could figure it out. (If you are too young to remember Macgyver, read this).

Thinking I wasn’t digitally minded, I came to discover technology later than others, almost accidentily, starting as a craft blogger. Using platforms like WordPress, Ravely and Pinterest, to discover and connect with a whole underground movement of makers, who created and shared digitally. (My twitter handle Stitchlily, was my yarnbombing name). Without realising it, I gradually came to be more involved in digital making, through graphic and web  design, social media marketing, and facilitating workshops along the same lines. From Maguyver to WordPress Whisperer.

Since 2016, I’ve now upskilled to become a Unicorn: a designer who can code. I’ve completing the Code Institute Full Stack Developer Bootcamp in 2020, and a Certificate in Lean UX  with the Institute of Technology Tralee.

A creative activist in a digital world, working to bridge gaps between worlds and mindsets.

You can find me in all the usual places

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/orla-breslin/

Work Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/triflakestudio/

Github: https://github.com/OrlaBr

Personal Twitter: www.twitter.com/stitchlily