Hello there! Thanks for visiting this blog. It’s named after a particular project which was inspired by my emotional un-intelligence but is intended to grow to be about emotions in general. Specifically, I’d like it to cover current interest in the area of affect and the cross over areas between art, spirituality, design, visual culture, language, psychology, science and research. Sounds like a wide remit doesn’t it?
My aim is to ultimately work towards the happiness of all beings. Understanding emotion helps me (and maybe you?) to work toward that goal: how can knowledge and research break down the barriers between people? How can we observe emotional experiences but not get caught up in the types of visceral and cognitive waves they bring? How can we see the ‘insideness’ of people around us, their humanity, despite the apparent differences between us? How can empathy and compassion be nurtured and consciously developed?
I’m fascinated by dialogue between knowledge sets and experiences. The skill of writing well is something I admire in others, as are people who work in healthcare, ‘pure’ and action research, programming, leadership, conceptual art, economics, music and choreography, education… the list goes on. If you are such a person, I’d love to hear from you.
I myself come from a graphic design background, having completed both a degree and MA in the area, and have worked as lecturer at these levels. I have over ten years experience working commercially in design; within multinational agencies, small studios and independently.
Design and health fascinate me as do psychological well-being; spiritual practice; meditation and mindfulness; and how cognitive therapists are using these techniques in contemporary practice.
My heroes include Sister Corita Kent, Joan of Arc, Viktor Frankl, Carl Jung, Marion Milner, Galileo, Yuri Gargarin, Rosa Parks, Nuala O’Faolain, Maura O’Halloran, Nina Simone, John Snow, Simone de Beauvoir, April Greiman, Laurie Anderson, Edward Tufte, Gerald Manley Hopkins, Nelson Mandela, That Nich Hanh.
Currently I work indepentently as a graphic designer and live in Cork, Ireland.