“The longest journey starts with a single step.”
And never was a truer word spoken when it comes to starting something creative off – in whatever discipline or craft. As this project will be set alongside The Keepers in Bryngarw Country Park, I spent some time there on a very wet afternoon last week. I find that being outside helps me to form ideas about colours, lines and textures that I want to use. Continue reading The Single Step
Writers, faced with a blank piece of paper, often suffer from Writers’ Block. If I am struggling to find the starting point for a piece of Textile Art, I get Thread and Thrum. The Welsh translation for this means more than just wools and yarns; it is an idiom which means ‘anything and everything’. I do anything and everything except sew! Buttons get sorted into jars, beads into boxes, threads into bags. Eventually though, I’ll use my tried and tested techniques – a cup of coffee, a chocolate biscuit and – yes – a blank piece of paper! Continue reading Thread and Thrum
We’re getting started on the Coblynesau project at Bryngarw Country Park. The Coblynesau will be running alongside The Keepers. What are the Keepers? They are spiritual beings who have appeared throughout the park. Here is the the Keeper of the River … Continue reading If you go down to the woods today …
For years we’ve managed with a cheap and cheerful, mass-produced Nativity scene. It used to get brought out, set up and packed away with no thought and little sense of enjoyment. I decided to put my dollmaking skills to the test and set about creating needlesculpted Nativity Dolls. Continue reading Nativity
The Coblynesau is an Arts Council of Wales funded project which will include an indoor and outdoor exhibition of Textile Art in the beautiful Bryngarw Country Park near Bridgend. For more information about Bryngarw, visit their website on www.bryngarwhouse.co.uk
Ariannir Prosiect Coblynesau gan y Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru. Ceir arddangosfa fewnol ac allanol Celf Tecstilau ym Mharc Gwledig Bryngarw, ger Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr. Am ragor o wybodaeth am Bryngarw, ewch at eu gwefan : www.bryngarwhouse.co.uk
Through this blog, you will be able to follow the creative development of a piece of Textile Art from finding sources of inspiration, making the object and installing the final piece in the park. Some of the blogs will be written in Welsh. This is because when I was learning to speak Welsh, I couldn’t find much information about Textile Art to read. I hope this is a help to other people who are learning the language.
Drwy’r blog hwn, gallwch ddilyn y datblygiad darn o Gelf Tecstilau o ddod o hyd i ysbrydiolaeth i’r arddangosfa derfynol yn y parc. Ysgrifennir sawl blog yn y Gymraeg achos pan oeddwn i’n dysgu’r iaith, roedd yn anodd i gael gwybodaeth am Gelf Tecstilau yn y Gymraeg syml. Gobeithiaf bydd y blog yn helpu ddysgwyr eraill.