Captured moments I and II were developed in response to my time in Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, as Artist in Residence (YPCE 2022-23) supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Captured Moments Video still. Credit: Mark Flagler / FlaglerFilms

Captured Moments were launched on 3 May 2023 in the School of Education Maynooth College. I had researched Froebelian theory and practice extensively during my residency and explored artists who may have been influenced by Friedrich Froebel, for example Paul Klee.

Friedrich Froebel (1782-1852) was a German educator and creator of the kindergarten. Froebel created a set of ‘gifts’ and ‘occupations’ to support children’s learning and development in his kindergarten in Germany in the 1840s. The ‘occupations’ include the skills of sewing and paper perforation, which have informed Captured Moments I and II.

Thank you to Mark Flagler / FlaglerFilms for stunning the Captured Moments Video.

Captured Moments                                                                                                                       

Medium: drawing on tan 283gm card, perforations made using a scribe.                                   


Captured Moments I: w. 1220mm × h. 920mm x d. 60mm.

Captured Moments II: w. 920 mm × h. 1220mm x d. 60mm.

Frame: wood, off-white

Display: these artworks require an electric power supply. The work is back lit with LED lights, set within the picture frame, with 13amp plug.

Vera wishes to acknowledge and thank the Froebel Department staff and students during this residency period for their generous support and engagement. She collaborated and engaged with Froebel students and staff as part of this residency, documented in print, oil pastels and in textile format. The first collaboration took place for Culture Night 2022, outdoors in exploring printmaking.

Vera at the opening of Captured Moments, May 2023. Photo credit


Vera in conversation with Laura Thornton, Visual Art Lecturer, Froebel Dept. Maynooth University. May 2023.

Sincere thanks to Tadhg Nathan for the beautifully relaxed documentary photos on the night.

Sitting, a little stop motion video I made during my recent stay in Tyrone Guthrie, while reflecting on my time as YPCE Residency.

Breaking news – the Arts Council have awarded Vera a YPCE Residency in Froebel Department for year 2023 – 2024. So very exciting. June 2023.