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Meet Aine Lynn-McEvoy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Aine Lynn-McEvoy.

Aine, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I was always involved in the arts from a young age, illustrating, painting, etc. Had my first national coverage at age 12 where I created an awareness campaign for solvent abuse for young people in relation to mental health.

I participated in my first exhibition at age 13, which was cross community and also to bring awareness to racial issues. Creating art wasn’t particularly seen as anything special in Ireland, due to the history of the troubles job security was a huge factor in getting a job and so art was seen as a waste of time. It was all I wanted to do though, create art. So from a young age, I would use my surroundings, take inspiration from political murals, try to find a connection to speak about mental health. My art teacher in high school was a huge influence in my teenage years and offered me a lot of solace and support, I was bullied a lot and sexually assaulted so I became a very withdrawn individual, but my art teacher made me feel expression was normal. After my degree in fine and applied arts at the University of Ulster Art College, I moved to London and found an interest in digital art through trial and error in advertising and newspaper media. I won a young talents award at The Sunday Times and then decided to complete a masters in Graphic Design & Advertising.

From then to here is a blur of campaigns the world over, covers, branding and as much traveling as I could muster. In 2016, I was honored to be approached by a media house in New York, on the death of David Bowie I was asked to create illustrations for the David Bowie colouring book and proceeds were going to charity. I’ve always been concerned about giving, I do not always get it right but a big prose for me and something I try to support through art back in Northern Ireland is Mental Health and our current political atmosphere, so when I’m not designing for other people I try to create to bring relativity and light heartedness. Today I live in Los Angeles, I immigrated after meeting my now husband in Belfast, he’s an Angeleno. I’ve have been legally working since mid-2018. Late last year, I got into the Art Director’s Guild as an Art Director and Graphic Designer, which is equally scary at times and super humbling. I’m still trying to find my way in LA but via baby steps, I’m being welcomed warmly and I am very grateful.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Absolutely not. I came from a background that was very repressed with a lot of violence. Depression I feel has been part of my life since I can remember and I have lost people to suicide. Northern Ireland has the highest suicide rating in all of Europe. Victimisation is not a part of our culture though, I learned the hardway that “wherever you go, there you are”, it’s only been in the last few years I’ve learned to talk and I’m a huge believer in unloading. It’s been extraordinarily difficult unlearning all these things you believed was normal but I’ve always been ambitious and I know the more work you put into yourself the more joy you can access. My husband has taught me a few things since on coming to the states, I didn’t realize how unhealthy mentally I was until you really start living a life in which you want; or rather are presented with the opportunities. I’ve still got a long way to go but I’m grateful to have him by my side, so many people to thank really as to why I’m still alive today. I’m learning to trust in goodness and that is why I am a huge advocator for Mental Health.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m known predominantly graphic design and scenic art. I come from an advertising background mostly. I also am an art director when I get the chance but I’m still feeling my way through this new city, new industry and new people, so I don’t get as much opportunities as I would like at the moment to show people what I can do. I do particularly love to art direct because you get to utilize graphics, construction and scenic; having 2/3 of those skills constantly practiced I feel makes me a good art director and also having a husband who is a great builder and fabricator has taught me to understand construction a lot more. I understand the logistics and what it takes for my designers, artists and builders to create what I am asking of them to do meaning I can respect them fully, not have unrealistic expectations and get more than I need from them. I have the makings of being a decent leader because through my experiences, I have learned to communicate needs and musts.

Though I am so grateful and appreciate those connections I have made that continue to hire me and most importantly continue to support my growth. 2019 was a great year for career growth not only because it was my first full year working in LA but I started with having the honour of being part of the scenic crew that created Galaxy’s Edge for Disney, it felt amazing to help create something that was permanent and is also gonna bring so much joy; I met so many amazing artists through that, a few I still keep in touch with and love working with. I ended the year with getting into the ADG with a dual card. So I have a lot to be proud off. I guess what sets me apart from others is my hunger and how coming from Ireland growing up poor just amplifies my hunger, I want to give people hope back home to not give up on dreaming, even with such poor unemployment statistics job security isn’t everything.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I know you probably want some long description of a time and place but in all honesty for me my proudest moment has been learning what and why I’m doing it all for. Realizing my own achievements and rewiring them to be for me. I have done so many cool things, been to so many amazing places and worked with some great characters but learning who I am in the world is by far my proudest moment, it still requires work but all my achievements for me and to make me happy.

But if I were to choose one, it would probably be the opportunities I’ve had to work with some amazingly talented individuals the world over, they inspire me and I’m eternally grateful.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 7190 Sunset Blvd
    551
    LA, CA, 90046
  • Website: www.ainelynnmcevoy.com
  • Phone: 3238997072
  • Email: ainelynnmcevoy@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @rustycarrot

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