A filmmaker turned poet creates a book and a clothing line inspired by wild landscapes
filmmaker-turned-poet wrote a book and created a line of sustainable children’s clothing inspired by the wild landscapes of the island of Ireland.
Ciara Tinney, 39, from Co Fermanagh, previously worked as an assistant director on the hit fantasy drama Game Of Thrones.
The married mother of three began writing her poem Wildkind in the middle of the night eight years ago while breastfeeding her first child Adabelle.
In the years that followed, and as two more daughters arrived – Fiadh Ros and Birdie Blue, she began illustrating the poem to create a book that she hoped would inspire her children to connect with the wild beauty. of their homeland.
The final book is printed sustainably with carbon-balanced paper and vegetable-based ink.
The artist, who now lives in Belfast, has also developed a collection of eco-friendly children’s clothing which aligns with the theme of the book.
The zero-waste garments are made from linen offcuts from local mills and finished with hand-carved buttons from driftwood found on beaches.
The Wildkind collection also includes linen toys and heirloom blankets.
Ms Tinney is particularly keen to ensure that vulnerable children benefit from her creations and will use a percentage of all profits generated to support another project she has undertaken, the Grow Slow initiative.
The initiative will seek to create opportunities for refugee, asylum seeker and other marginalized children to connect with nature.
Ms. Tinney explained Wildkind’s origins.
“During the sleepless first months of motherhood, as I breastfed Adabelle all night, I had a notebook handy and the poem began,” she said.
“I found giving birth and becoming a mother to be a huge change – raw and wild, overwhelming and beautiful. Writing became a way of navigating this time around.
“Wildkind was a personal note for my daughters, introducing them to the wilds of Ireland and addressing what I saw as important lessons – namely, staying connected to nature and being kind to one another.
“I wanted to take that philosophy further and see if I could create something really wild and kind that was deeply connected to the landscape.
“After much research into sustainability, sourcing local materials, designing, tweaking and redesigning, the zero waste Irish linen collection is finally complete.”
Ms Tinney’s husband, South African-born Robbie Boake, also works in the film industry, as a stage manager, and the couple met on the set of a low-budget horror film.
They worked together on Game Of Thrones, with Mr Boake tasked with finding many filming locations in Northern Ireland that have become synonymous with the show.
Ms Tinney has also worked with the refugee charity Choose Love and is currently Integration Manager for Gaelic Games Club East Belfast GAA, which runs a program to help migrant children integrate through sport.
Around 50 children from countries such as Iraq, Syria, Sudan and Somalia now play at the club.
The poet and designer said she hopes Wildkind will help marginalized young people.
“I wanted to amplify Wildkind’s message to those who needed it,” she said.
“The Grow Slow initiative has been created. By donating a percentage of the profits from the book, we will help refugee, asylum-seeking and marginalized children connect with nature.
“Migrant families and low-income families in NI will hopefully reap the benefits of a seed sown in the early morning, as a new mom.”
For more information visit www.wildkindireland.com