Hello! I'm Niamh. I'm a Dublin based production designer and art department crew member, who studied Production Design (BA Design for Stage and Screen). Over the past four years I have been developing my skills in researching, drawing, drafting, storyboarding and model making, as well as gaining some practical experience working on set through various projects in collaboration with the National Film School. I have a passion for visual story telling, researching and creative problem solving. My area of interest is designing for film and television. Fully licensed driver. Link to Portfolio and CV below.
For my final year major project 2021, I took on Jules Vernes 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, designing it for film. With influences from the shapes and forms found in ocean life and the Art Nouveau style, I redesigned Captain Nemo’s Nautilus. The project consisted of creating concept work and technical drawings.
In my thesis I explored the stereotypical portrayal of the haunted house as seen in popular culture. I take a look at how the architectural style, American Victorian architecture, started life as the ideal American family home in the late 19th century. By the early 20th century however, the American Victorian architectural style fell out of favour as a result of changing tastes and economic decline. My thesis tracks how public perceptions shifted as observant artists such as Edward Hopper and Charles Addams and film makers such as Alfred Hitchcock, recognised the “out of date” and decaying houses as symbols of dread and the uncanny, and would proceed to use them in their artwork. These artists would cement the publics perceptions of what a "haunted house" looks like for years to come in pop culture.