Covid-19 and lockdown highlighted for me, and many others, the terrible conditions that people in Direct Provision in Ireland are living in.
The system of Direct Provision is designed to limit people’s abilities, to disable them: so not to give them a chance to take roots, to belong and to contribute. As a result, this cruel system promotes invisibility of thousands of people.
Close living quarters makes it virtually impossible for them to insolate from others. They are unable to cook for themselves and their families, have little or no privacy, no access to employment or further education and serious child protection concerns for young people growing up in the direct provision system.
About a week and a half ago, I had an idea to reach out to some people in the Interiors community on Instagram with a view to creating a pack of Christmas Cards that I could sell to raise funds for MASI, which is the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland. They are a grass roots organisation and do not receive any government funding.
The idea grew legs and I approached 6 artists and illustrators who all agreed to design a card. We worked around the idea of a front door at Christmas. Something that means so much to us, being able to celebrate Christmas in our homes.
Very soon, I had 6 beautiful Illustrations. Next, I phoned my printer, who immediately agreed to print the cards free of charge. Then my web designer Garvan offered to create a shop for me to sell the charity cards, free of charge.
Below are the beautiful designs. Click on the images for more information on the artist. Each pack contains one of each design.
Designed by Jacob Stack
Designed by Liam Madden
Designed by Aoife Flynn
Designed by Gina Daly
Designed by Katy Ruth Halpin
The kindness of everyone who I approached has been overwhelming. I hope that by coordinating this project, I am able to help raise some much needed funds for MASI and help their cause in some way.
Click here support this initiative and buy some packs of charity cards.
Thank you and Happy Christmas,