One of the most successful arty-farty people in a town full of the feckers, it’s hard not to love Susan Brambell’s Word Bird creations.
In fact, scratch that – it’s hard not to love Susan Brambell, full stop.
Has anyone ever seen this woman angry? Annoyed? Stumbled across her kicking a kitten up into a tree…?
Yep, The Word Bird is indeed love, and it’s a love that’s spreading all around the world, Susan’s meticulous and mischievous word art creations now hanging pretty in 27 countries. Closer to home, The Word Bird is brightening up eight different galleries, as well as a thousand family homes and the lobbies of such big players as The Rose Of Tralee, 3M, Nando’s and Movies@Dundrum.
Not bad for a young mother who decided to hang up her teacher apron after 13 years and, once baby Lily was fed and watered, and safe in the arms of her Dad, started attending night classes in graphic design and Photoshop. By the time kid #3 was heading off to playschool in 2012, a growing passion for creating these wordy, worthy and worldly works of art had become something bigger than expected. After a little help from James Griffin down at The Boat Yard Gallery when it came to framing, and soup supremo Julie Q when it came to making a living from this new life, The Word Bird officially took flight in 2013.
It was The Manky Map – all those naughty sayings that only the Irish would dare utter gathered inside an Ireland outline – that truly launched Susan into the stratosphere, as an explosion of social media shares spread the good word on The Word Bird all across the globe.
With Christmas about to unleash another season of silly sales, young Susan took time out this morning to talk us through just how The Word Bird got all the way from there to here…
To find out more about Susan’s wonderful work, you can check out her website here, or follow The Word Bird on Facebook here and Twitter here. Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org call0876434664. Now, go check out what inspires Susan righthere, what she feels about her beloved hometown here, and how all that talent hasn’t fallen far from the treehere. Andhere.
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