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Painted Clans are hand painted contemporary Irish crests by Brendan McCarey.
30 backers pledged €1,418 to help bring this project to life.

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Painted Clans are custom, hand-painted contemporary family crests by Irish artist and designer Brendan McCarey.

Each crest is researched and redesigned with a modern minimalist style keeping all the original elements that make up the crests. Symbols are hand painted using fine acrylic paint, framed, rubber embossed and signed, producing the perfect wedding gift, birthday or Christmas gift, or treasured family heirloom.

On the back of the frame is a small piece of information about the family history and a column explaining the meaning of each element of the crest. Each Painted crest is unique as it is a one off personalised piece of historical art.

The Murphy Crest - The Kelly & Murphy Crest
The Murphy Crest - The Kelly & Murphy Crest
The process
The process
 

The Story 

The idea came about as a wedding present for friends living in Australia. I wanted to gift them with something traditional, modern and sentimental and so Painted Clans was born.

McKenna & Fox Coat of Arms
McKenna & Fox Coat of Arms

The Artists

My name is Brendan McCarey, I'm a designer & artist based in Mullen Village which is in a cosy quiet corner of north Monaghan, Ireland. I studied Design & Communication in Derry and Augsburg, Germany. I've always had a thirst for history, particularly my family history. Painted Clans has turned into a vehicle which has allowed me to explore who I am and where I came from.

Why buy a Painted Clan? 

A Painted Clan crest is a bridge into your past, a recognition of one’s own heritage. The rich symbols unaided reveal a vivid past. The names of the crests are removed to allow the viewer to engage with the symbolic history and to see the crest as a piece of art. 

On the back of the frame is a small piece of information about the family history and a column explaining the meaning of each element of the crest. Each Painted crest is unique as it is a one off personalised piece of historical art.

Where will the money go?

Until now we have funded the research and development of Painted Clans by investing our own money, as well as profit from sales of our unique family crests to date. A plotter is needed to speed up the process of transferring digital drawings into hand painted crests. This will cost €300.

The remaining €700 will help Painted Clans commence a social advertising campaign for one in the US as a pursuit to launching our product there officially later in the year.

Should we exceed our goal of €1,000, we will use the funds to help further market Painted Clans in Ireland and the US.

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Risks and challenges

So far Painted Clans has been a big adventure. We’ve learnt a lot of new skills to get where we are now but we’ve got lots more to do. In 2015 we’ll be taking the next step and launching Painted Clans to international audiences.

We’re passionate at Painted Clans and nothing will stop us from achieving our goals.

Go raibh míle maith agat!

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    A thank you postcard hand painted, rubber embossed and signed. Your name listed on a special projects section of my website.

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    Painted clans painted Symbol

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    An A5 hand painted harp. "The harp is a symbol which denotes contemplation." Rubber embossed and signed. Free shipping.

    A thank you postcard hand painted, rubber embossed and signed.

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    Four Provinces of Ireland Cliché print
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    A 10x8 cliché print of a Painted Clans Four Provinces of Ireland on German etching paper. Rubber embossed and signed. Free shipping.

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    Four Provinces of Ireland Cliché print
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    An A3(12x16) cliché print of a Painted Clans Four Provinces of Ireland on German etching paper. Rubber embossed and signed. Free shipping.

    A thank you postcard hand painted, rubber embossed and signed.

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    Your own Painted Clan crest. (Mounted)

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    A one off custom painting of your surname. Designed, painted, mounted, rubber embossed and signed. Free shipping.

    A thank you postcard hand painted, rubber embossed and signed.

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    Four Provinces of Ireland Painting. (Mounted)

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    An A3 painting of a Painted Clans Four Provinces of Ireland. Designed, painted, mounted, rubber embossed and signed. Free shipping.

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    Four Provinces of Ireland Painting. (Mounted & Framed)

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    An A3 painting of a Painted Clans Four Provinces of Ireland. Designed, painted, mounted, framed (Black or White), rubber embossed and signed. Free shipping.

    A thank you postcard hand painted, rubber embossed and signed.

    Also your name listed on a special projects section of my website.

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