Interview with Artist Bridget Farmer

Know how we are always going on about buying art from local, new emerging artists? Well, we have located a fantastic example of such an Artist Bridget Farmer

We found Bridget while we were in the processing of developing and designing The Row House Nest. YES! We have had her on our minds for that long.

Trust us, when you see her prints, you won’t forget them:

 Artist Bridget FarmerGreat Tit, hand pulled etching

 Artist Bridget FarmerRed Wattlebird

What we love most about Bridget’s work is that she is an extremely talented artist who is selling her original work at reasonable prices.

Bridget kindly did an interview with us, here’s what she had to say:

Question. Tell The Row House Nest readers about yourself:

Response: I am an artist/ printmaker currently living in Northern Ireland. I grew up in Belfast but I’m in the process of moving to Australia where I have lived for a number of years previously. I love drawing and it’s very important for me to draw from life, not from pictures. I feel this gives the image more life, more movement, more character.

Question. When and how did you decide to pursue your art professionally?

Response. I’ve always wanted to draw and to make things. I don’t think it was ever a decision, just a way of being. I’d go mad if I couldn’t do what I do.

It was in 2006 though, that I discovered printmaking. I was living in Melbourne at the time and I did a weekend course in dry point etching. It was the start of my printmaking obsession! I loved how in this medium I was able to take my drawings to another level of working.

 Artist Bridget FarmerSea Dog, hand pulled etching available here.

In Amsterdam, hand pulled etching available here.

Question(s). Where does your inspiration come from? How would you describe your creative process?

Response. My inspiration comes from looking around me. I love birds and when I first moved to Australia in 2005 I was blown away by all the different birds. By drawing all these birds I was able to get to know them and learn their names. It became a bit of an obsession! Now I’m back in Northern Ireland for a couple of years and I wanted to revisit all the birds from here, make momentos of them for when I move back to Australia later this year.

Question. Favourite store?

Response. I love junk shops.

Question. Where would you like to be in ten years?

Response. Hopefully in less than ten years I want to have my own studio gallery in a place called Clunes just north of Melbourne, Australia. I want to be able to teach people printmaking in my studio as well as work on my own etchings and show work in my gallery.

Question. What living person do you admire most?

Response. Currently an Irish printmaker called Cliona Doyle. Whenever I visit Dublin I go to a little print shop and look at her work. It’s just beautiful.

Question. What is your greatest extravagance?

Response. Nice furniture I think. Mostly antique, from junk shops. I don’t buy very much because I’m in between two countries at the moment, but once I settle in one place I can’t wait to start buying lovely things for it.

Question.What is your motto?

Response. If you believe in it and have enough enthusiasm then anything is possible.

Question. Where would you like to live if you could live elsewhere?

Response: I’m going there in September! I’ve always wanted to live in the country, I always thought that would be in Ireland, but then I met my husband to be. He’s Australian and so we’re going to try moving to the country just outside of Melbourne. It’s an arty area with a lot of history. I’m looking forward to it.

Question. The natural talent I’d like to be gifted with.

Response. I would love to be able to sing, I’d really really love that.


Wow. Isn’t Bridget awesome? A big thanks to Bridget for collaborating on this post and contributing her insightful answers to our interview! Like her work? Want to learn more/buy/chat with her?

Bridget Farmer’s website