Creative and Collaborative Art

SplittingBorders is taking a short break


Note from shop owner Hello, thanks for visiting our shop. We are currently on a break as we move house and premises. We'll be back soon so be sure to check back in the coming weeks.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on 04 Aug, 2022

Hello, thanks for visiting our shop. We are currently on a break as we move house and premises. We'll be back soon so be sure to check back in the coming weeks.

Gareth Gowran

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Gareth Gowran


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About SplittingBorders

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Creative, collaborative art by Sadhbh and Gary

Hello! We are Sadhbh and Gary and we make all the art (in this shop anyway). Splitting Borders began life as a slice of life daily web comic. Sadhbh was travelling around Irish craft fairs manning tables with her mother's craft collective since she was a wee one. Marketeering became part of the fabric of life and Splitting Borders did its first independent zine fair early into its inception. We sold handmade zines, some with embroidered covers, we sold postcards and book marks. We went on to produce prints and soft sculptures from the work of the comic. Splitting Borders is the gateway into our personal art interests and expressions. It has opened the door to some great community based arts projects, theatre work and most recently to an animated short of one of our SB comic stories.

We have an ongoing interest and have developed our skills in handmade, craftsman-like creative techniques such as; pencil and ink drawings, fine art embroidery, classical animation and book-making. Our curiosity encompasses traditional artistic values and training with a will to experiment and try new techniques.

We met each other in a small Irish art college, where Gary studied animation and Sadhbh studied visual and textile art. We are still doing the same things, just together. Sadhbh has now written comics and been part of animated productions and Gary has illustrated for textiles and designed knitted architecture. Working together means more art, more influences and the opportunity to learn many new techniques. Our interest is expression and communication. We love to see how many ways we can say things through our work. You will find many forms of our expression here, they may be different but they all come from us.

Shop members

  • Gary Gowran

    Owner, Maker

    I am an artist who works in a variety of mediums through community and educational contexts, commissions and collaborations with a particular focus on illustration and animation. I am always looking for new ways to communicate old ideas.

  • Sadhbh Lawlor

    Owner, Maker

    Sadhbh here, I am an artist who has worked with textiles for the past 15 years. In that time I’ve made felt landscapes, knitted buildings and knitted sculptures. You will often find me thinking about inner and outer spaces and how they interact.

Production partners

  • Laser-Cut Service

    Kildare, Ireland

    A local small business which provides a laser cutting service for us using different types and gauges of wood.

  • Print Company

    London, England

    A print service which provides a friendly and efficient method of printing and binding our books in different formats.

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