Castlerea artist designs Christmas cards and prints in support of Hospice

‘I do believe that  robins appear when we most need them’

While Christmas is a joyful time for so many, it can also be very difficult for others. The past twenty months have been incredibly challenging for everyone, and local artist Ellen Susan Igoe has launched her ‘Spideog’ Collection to give back to her local community in support of Mayo-Roscommon Hospice.

  We’ve often heard the saying ‘Robins appear when loved ones are near’, and it was this saying that inspired The Spideog Collection of Christmas cards and poster prints, with an iconic image of a robin perched on a branch. Ellen Susan describes this illustration as being very special to her as the robin can symbolise the presence of loved ones who have passed away.

  It was while chatting to her childhood friend Ashley Hayden, who sadly lost her father Christy in 2019, that she was motivated to share this collection. Together, the pair choose to support Mayo-Roscommon Hospice by donating 50 per cent of all card sales to the hospice to recognise the amazing work they do. 

  Ellen Susan is an established multidisciplinary artist who is best known for her photo-realistic pet and human portraits as well as fine art prints and original paintings. She works with many different mediums, often combining several in one piece.

  “This Spideog illustration is very special. Its design is quite simple, yet it sends a very strong message,” said Ellen Susan. 

  “I do believe that robins appear when we most need them, a sign that a loved one is close by and that is what inspired my illustration. I also wanted this design to bring comfort to people who are grieving or dealing with loss. I’m delighted to be able to support my local charity. It’s really encouraging to think that my design has already been shipped to various locations throughout Ireland and abroad. 

  “Personally, I feel there is something lovely about receiving a handwritten card or letter, it reminds others we are always thinking of them”.

  In early 2020, Ellen Susan took part in the Herstory Ireland and Stay with Me art show, highlighting the Mother and Baby homes and in particular the work of Catherine Corless, of whom she created a digital portrait that was projected during a light show on Athlone Castle and at the Jealous Wall at Belvedere House and Gardens. 

  Ellen Susan’s Spideog collection can be purchased on her website 50 per cent of profits will be donated to Mayo-Roscommon Hospice.