Relativity of Time - Graduate Project | 2021


‘Relativity of Time’ is an illustrated card set, simultaneously telling two tales from opposite sides of the world.

A few years ago, I told my Japanese friend the story of Oisín in Tír na nÓg, and in response, she told me the tale of Urashima Taro. The folktales are both popular in and unique to their countries of origin; Ireland and Japan, two small islands on opposite sides of the world.

This moment sparked my interest in comparative folklore, which informs my research project. These tales both fall under the heading Relativity of Time on the ATU index and, despite how unlikely it is, are more similar than any other tales in their category.

My outcome draws inspiration from Myriorama cards and demonstrates my illustration skills. It contrasts these tales, printing parallel story beats on opposite sides of each card. The cards align to create a panoramic which exists in any order or mixure of the tales. This allows the audience to explore, play and engage with the tales directly.

Visual Development

Zoë McCarthy, 2021