Carmel Grant is a caricature artist and textile designer based in Waterford City, Ireland. At Caricatures by Carmel she creates fun, friendly caricatures from photographs for guest signing boards, designs and illustrations. After graduating from the National College of Art & Design in Dublin, Carmel moved to New York where she worked for ten years as a textile designer for the Fashion and Home Fashions industry. After many years creating caricatures and designs for family and friends, Caricatures by Carmel was launched in May 2012 and has grown from strength to strength. Carmel is fast becoming well renowned as a caricature artist in Ireland with her quirky cartoon type caricature style and exact ‘likeness’ to her subjects. www.caricaturesbycarmel.com
Because I am a Girl I ask … That I am not treated differently.
Because I am a Girl I believe … I am strong and can achieve anything I want to aim for, if I work hard enough.
Because I am a Girl I hope … for equality. Not just in the work place but equality for the treatment of women worldwide.
Because I am a Girl I wonder … What the future will be like for my grand children (if I ever have any)? I see my teenage sons today surrounded by technology, talking to friends online and listening to music through earphones in silence. Gone are the days of the tape recorder blaring your favorite tunes in your bedroom while your parents screamed at you to “turn that racket down!”
Because I am a Girl I dream ... That I can continue to work at what I love doing, being creative. At Caricatures by Carmel I do that everyday and it makes me happy.
Because I am a Girl I remember … How shy and innocent I was when I was in school. Children see and learn so much from the internet today, very little is left to the imagination. I’m glad I was a teenager in the 80’s.
Because I am a Girl I like … Being a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister and a friend.
Because I am a Girl I dislike … Negative people. Don’t dwell on the problem, put your energy into the solution.
Because I am a Girl I feel … Sometimes I have to work harder.
Because I am a Girl I celebrate … my family, my achievements, my creativity and my strength.