I’m Orla, creator and maker behind ‘Orla O Visual’, based in North Cork, and best known for my unique ‘Words in Porcelain’ offering. Only six years ago I was going to work on construction sites, in a Programme Management role, but after being diagnosed with Postnatal Depression with my first born, I turned my entire world upside down and created a business out of my passion for Art.
I always envisioned that I would create a career in art for myself, and so the biggest turning point to date, happened in 2015 after I had my little boy, Jonah. For two years, when Jonah was very little, I focused my energies into my art, creating the life I was always leaning towards. I am so proud to say that through this darkness, came the light!
In 2015, we moved back to Cork from Dublin, where I lived for approximately 10 years, and Cork is where I dived head first into my creative world. I initially set up studio in the old hen house, 'Palais du Poulet', on the family farm in North Cork, where I absolutely loved seeing Jonah living out his childhood on the farm I grew up on. From there we moved to France for a year, to explore more opportunities, and returned to North Cork again, where I am now based.
I have turned my world upside down in the past six years, in the best way possible, to do what I have always wanted to do, and I feel like I am living my dream.