Issue Twelve
Artist Profile 


Holywood, Co Down

  1. Tanya Vacarda is a decorative plaster artist and a surface designer based in Holywood, Northern Ireland. Working around the intersection of design, art and craftsmanship, Tanya’s built her unique technique upon artisan craftsmanship skills. She uses an industrial trowel instead of a brush and Italian decorative plasters instead of paint to create detailed artwork and mural designs that simultaneously defy and enhance tradition.
  2. The texture is an important expressive medium in her work, as well as an intuitive creative process that guides the trowel. This loosening of control enables the crafting of designs and images with more organic flow and tactility.