• Cyril McAree

May 2020, www.duckblue.ie was launched

Ruth Cahill is the owner and illustrator behind the greeting card company Duck Blue.

She works from her light-filled studio in Maynooth, Co. Kildare, where she draws and paints imaginative illustrations.

She uses quality ink, pens and watercolour paints as well as the finest of watercolour papers to produce her delightful range of greeting cards and prints.Her ethos is simple she create ‘cards you want to keep’.

Established in 2009, following the birth of her first child, she left behind her career as a graphic designer in one of Ireland’s foremost design agencies to establish her own business. She followed her dream so that she could do what she loved, each and every day.

Duck Blue has grown steadily over the past 11 years. Her range has been fine-tuned through experience, which enables her card collections to be enjoyed across the globe thanks to her new website. The simplicity or her designs are universally appealing and appreciated by people of all ages.

In 2019 she illustrated her first children’s book called ‘Our Baby has Sixty-Five Roses’ - written by Eilís Moroney (June 2019).

Duck Blue is a registered member of The Design and Crafts Council of Ireland.

Ruth is also the Chairperson of Original Kildare, a multidisciplinary craft collective bringing together some of the finest professional designers and craftspeople in County Kildare.

The duckblue.ie website sells cards both individually and in collections. The collections consist of 6 cards in a pack and follow a theme be it floral, seaside, garden or even space and under the sea etc.

Daily, Ruth does a new illustration called a #duckbluedailydrawing and these original drawings/paintings are sold via her wesbite and weekly make up a new collection or group of single cards.

Ruth also creates various sized prints of her more popular designs. These are ideal for people to purchase as a gift or for their own homes and they are easily framed for people to enjoy on a daily basis.

Ruth also works on commissions for all occasions, her speciality being wedding and communion cards where she portrays the people on their special day in-front of the venue. She also creates framed baby name pictures which are wonderful gifts for new babies. Something unique that they can treasure forever.

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