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Niall the poster boy with a mischievous left eyebrow

At it Again! Maite Lopez & Niall Laverty

Niall is 50% of the Irish German creative couple who make up AT IT AGAIN!

Niall Laverty and Maite López, who write, illustrate and publish literary guides and gifts in Dublin, Ireland.

They want to take the reader on an adventure through the world of Irish literature to connect with Irish authors, stories, and places giving them an exciting fresh twist with their creative writing and engaging illustrations.
Maite’s career has come full circle from making theatre fun for young adults to now making Irish literature fun for the world. As a creative multipotentialite, she has gone down many paths including translation, make-up, and life & career coaching. Maite eats books for breakfast washed down with a mug of coffee.

Niall is our Victorian poster boy with a versatile face, great hair, and mischievous left eyebrow.
He likes to twirl his mustache as he dreams up visual puns. After a career in animation, Niall’s drawing skills now bring literature to life through his illustrations. He also loves to show animation students and professionals around Europe the importance of gesture drawing for capturing the essence of the pose.

This duo celebrates Irish literature by inspiring book and design lovers to connect with Irish authors in a new and quirky way. We bring a fresh twist to Irish literature through our unique style design, illustration, and writing with our pocket guides and literary gifts.

We fell in love at a Millenium New Year’s Eve Party in Germany and our adventure started by moving to Ireland and bringing Irish literature to life with At it Again! After experiencing Bloomsday celebrating James Joyce’s Ulysses, we wanted to inspire more people to go on their own literary adventure. Starting as a passion project, our first pocket guide, Romping through Ulysses, was unleashed to allow readers to step inside Joyce’s big book.

People loved it so much that we thought, why not tackle other Irish literature? Hungry to discover the Irish roots of
iconic books and their creators, our next victim was Dracula. Our romp through Irish literature
had begun.

We go on an adventure with the making of every book and literary gift, looking for clues behind the stories, discovering the sometimes hidden places from the books, and the authors’ lives, we sketch and scribble along the way. Influenced by a mid-20th century playful illustration style, we sketch and scribble to distill the essence of the story adding a pinch of naughtiness to make readers chuckle and give them unexpected insights into Irish literature.

All our gifts are made locally using sustainable materials and inks.

At it Again! feeds on many influences.

Maite takes inspiration from dance, photography, fashion & interior design, she loves connecting people and ideas and sees opportunities at every turn.
Niall is inspired by film noir and mid-twentieth century graphic illustration artists like Saul Bass, Miroslav Sasek and Ronald Searle.

At it Again!’s wonderfully creative Romping through Irish Literature series of illustrated pocket guides, prints, notebooks, tote bags, and greeting cards explore Irish writers, their works, and the places that inspired them and are great gifts for book lovers and stocking fillers. We currently have books, gifts, and cards based on Dracula, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Gulliver’s Travels, and the second collection of cards and prints of Irish Writers including Edna O’Brien, Maeve
Brennan, Samuel Beckett, and George Bernard Shaw.

Our books hope to inspire you to create your own literary adventure with maps, things to do and see in Ireland or abroad, best quotes and titbits. The key aspects of our collections are the soft organic feel of our books and notebooks and the illustration style, mixing strong graphic shapes and playful lines with bursts of warm and
vibrant colours.

At it Again! wants to promote Irish writers and their stories across the world to new audiences.
We want to be known for creating quirky books and literary gifts full of ideas, great design, and
made in Ireland.

 

FIVE FUN FACTS ABOUT MATIE AND NIALL

Maite:

Is half-Spanish and used to perform Flamenco on stage including playing castagnettes

Is a natural blonde

Was an extra in What if with Daniel Radcliffe and appeared numerous times on Fair City.

Used to be a make-up artist for vintage make-up.

Her grandmother saw Josephine Baker perform on stage in Berlin in the 1930s.

Niall:

Regular extra as a Victorian gent on gothic television dramas, Ripper Street and Penny
Dreadful and Tales of Irish Castles.

Used to get his kit off as a life drawing model.

Learned and performed magic as a boy.

Created the illustrations for The Poop Book, written by my sister Maeve as a fun guide to
potty training for children (and parents).

Got an opportunity to meet world famous mime artist, Marcel Marceau and Looney
Tunes animation director, Chuck Jones.

You can take a peak at Niall & Maite’s creations HERE.

 

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  1. […] We are super excited to have our Samuel Beckett Print in this week’s RTE Guide in the Gifts For Him section! We are also one of the 400 Irish businesses in The Irish Times’ great online guide to Irish retailers for your Christmas shopping and Mad Jessie’s Irish Gifts under €10.And to top it all of, the lovely Tara from the creative Irish Biscuit community has written a blog about us including fun facts you might not know about the two of us. Find out all about us here.  […]

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