Aisling o' rourke

Photographer and broadcast journalist Aisling O' Rourke approached us while carrying out her MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography through the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. Her major project work focusses on Our Lady's Bower boarding school in Athlone, Co. Westmeath. The school closed its doors in June 2014 after being in operation for 130 years, and for the final 18 months Aisling returned to document it before the final eleven girls left.

From the outset it was clear that this was not only a documentary project, but a personal one too. Collectively careful decisions were made regarding the editing, sequencing, layout, design, printing, and binding in order to build a narrative which most effectively and sensitively told the story of the Bower. 

Over the course of three days we discussed, sometimes debated, designed, and then re-designed, printed (maybe re-printed...) and lovingly bound one precious dummy photobook. Through follow-up e-mails and conversations, a small bit of re-designing here and there, liaising with an outside printing house, and a subsequent all day binding session we produced a limited run of four hand-bound copies of a 'A Bower for Sisters'.

In the coming weeks we'll begin working with Aisling again on a larger print run.

Watch this space!




Aisling O' Rourke

In 'A Bower for Sisters' Aisling O' Rourke sensitively documents the final few months of Our Lady's Bower boarding school before it closed its doors in June 2014.

  • Soft cover
  • Swiss bound, stinger stitched
  • 80 pages
  • 40 photographs
  • Separate 12 page hand-sewn booklet