heather mckay

head in the clouds ltd.



Let me introduce you to a pretty amazing girl! I met Heather almost THIRTY years ago in Greystones, Co.Wicklow and we have been in touch ever since. My happiest memories of her were when she and I sat drawing in prep for youth-work-type things in ‘the creative corner’ of the building. She was really the first person I met who was actually talented at drawing/illustrating and had a happy peaceful vibe about her. Way back then she clearly had  a real passion for drawing and communicating important ideas through her illustrations.  Meet one amazing gem….


….Heather McKay is a Dublin-based illustrator, teacher, mother & director of Head in the Clouds Ltd. Having studied Design at IADT, it was clear that Heather’s passion was for illustration.


Head in the Clouds was established in 2000 and since then, Heather has gained a great deal of experience as a designer, illustrator and entrepreneur. She has worked on many and varied projects, including several solo exhibitions. Her quirky style of drawing is delightful, and her depictions of localities around Dún Laoghaire and Dalkey are instantly recognisable, both as the places they represent and as Heather’s work. 


When she is not teaching or hanging out with her seven year old, Heather can be found in her studio. She says she feels like she is “only at the beginning of her creative journey”. Watch this space as she begins a new chapter, starting with a course in picture-book illustration commencing Autumn 2018.


WEBSITE www.headintheclouds.ie

FACEBOOK  https://www.facebook.com/headintheclouds.ie/ 

INSTAGRAM headintheclouds.ie

EMAIL hmckay1@mac.com

the images on this page are only the tip of the iceberg. She has drawn for magazines, manuals, educational productions....the list is incredible! :)

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