Posts Tagged ‘textiles’

9 Aug

2017 Food Festival Art Project

Volunteer with Bettina Reeves to create stunning sculptures for Abergavenny Market Hall

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Volunteers are warmly invited to join Bettina Reeves for the 2017 Abergavenny Food Festival art project.  Bettina, who retires this summer from her position as senior tutor for Theatre Design at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, has chosen chickens for this year’s art project, a theme last visited in 2008 “We will be crafting chickens from withy and willow, paper and fabric and fluttering amongst these beauties will be native butterflies of silk”.

The project takes place in the Arts Alive Wales studio over 15 intensive days from 29 August to 13 September, 9.30am to 5.30pm and will be installed in Abergavenny Market Hall in time for the Festival weekend on 16/17 September.  This hugely enjoyable and rewarding project is open to volunteers  of all abilities aged over 16 years.  Join us to share and learn new skills and to enjoy the camaraderie, fun and great lunches.  We look forward to welcoming familiar as well as new faces.

Bring lunch to share and a pair of scissors

For more information or if you want to take part email 

The unveiling of the annual art project is an eagerly awaited moment in the local calendar whilst the sculptures are a hugely popular feature of the Market Hall, drawing residents and visitors all year round.  In recognition of its iconic status, this year’s project has been generously supported with funding from Abergavenny Town Council

2017 is Abergavenny Food Festival’s 19th year running and reaches 35,000 people

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22 Dec


weavingCrickhowell Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers.                      

Basic Skills Course in 4 Shaft Weaving 

The Crickhowell Guild of Weavers Spinners & Dyers will be offering structured tuition in the basic skills of Weaving on 4 shaft looms.  Places are limited so please book early. Gift Vouchers available.

Course Tutor: Liz Davies

The course will take place at the Arts Alive Wales studio in Crickhowell

8 day course

Initial Weekend, 18th & 19th February

followed by 6 consecutive Thursdays from 23rd February to 30th March

10.00am to 4.00pm

£200.00 per person including materials and loan of equipment


For further information and to book a place please telephone Carey Godwin: 01981 240416 or eamil Sarah Roberts:

12 Sep


weavingIntroduction to Weaving with Dunja Roberts

Using the versatile rigid heddle loom, Dunja Roberts, artisan hand spinner and weaver, will take you through all the steps required to design and weave a beautiful scarf. During this day-long course you’ll select your materials, plan a pattern, warp the loom, weave cloth and finish the end product. You’ll never look at textiles in the same way again.

Saturday 5th November

10am – 4pm

£40 for the day


All patterns, equipment and materials are included in the workshop fee.

Suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience.

Looms are available to purchase from Dunja if you would like to continue weaving after the workshop.

Please bring a packed lunch.

To see more of Dunja’s work visit:

This workshop is now fully booked.  For more information, please contact us on tel: 01873 811579 / email:


30 Sep

Creative Network newsletter – OCTOBER 2016

Autumn is here in the Black Mountains and Creative Network members are busy with exhibitions, events and training. We’ve selected just a handful of activities below to pique your interest…

Please check the website website for latest updates on classes, events and Creative Network news.

best wishes
Rhoda Lane
Creative Network Co-ordinator



Matias Serra Delmar – Land Scape

An exhibition of landscape works by Herefordshire-based Matias Serra Delmar will open at Monow Valley Arts Centre in Walterstone from 28th September to 2nd October. Entry is by donation from 2pm to 6pm, and a private view will be on 29th September at 6pm, where works are available for sale.

On 1st October, Matias will give a painting and light observation workshop from 11am to 1pm, where light refreshments will be provided.

Places are limited and cost £10 to book (basic materials are included in the price).
Contact or phone 07752288819.

You can find out more about Matias and his work at



Oliver Balch in Conversation with Ben Rawlence

On Saturday 1st October at 6pm, travel writer Oliver Balch will be at Arts Alive Wales HQ to discuss his latest book called Under the Tump: Sketches of Rural Life on the Welsh Borders. Inspired by the Victorian diarist Francis Kilvert, Balch chronicles the gentler pace of life in his new home town of Hay-on-Wye – a far cry from the bustling cities of London and Buenos Aires where he previously lived.

Oliver Balch is a UK freelance journalist specialising in business and world affairs, with work appearing in a wide range of international publications. His first book, Viva South America! was shortlisted as ‘Book of the Year’ at the UK Travel Press Awards.

Tickets cost £7 and can be bought from the Crickhowell Literary Festival event webpage.

The Festival runs 1 – 9 October in various locations across the town. Check out the website for further details on other events.



Blackwood Miners InstituteGRANTS ADVICE SESSION
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A Grants Advice Session will be held on 13th October at Blackwood Miners Institute. If you are an artist or organisation and would like guidance from an Arts Council of Wales officer about your eligibility for a grant, book an appointment via email at, or call on 0845 8734 900.

Each appointment lasts 40 minutes.

Before your session can be confirmed you need to complete a form (which can be downloaded from the webpage). Indicate the nature of your project and what kind of funding or assistance you are looking for, then email the form to



Dancing Floor Film

Gillian Hipp and Lyn Webster Wilde are working on the dance which will be the climax of The Dancing Floor film ( They are running workshops for anyone who would like to be involved (aged 16 upwards). You can come to one or all of them.

The next sessions will take place at the Parish Hall in Lion Street in Hay-on-Wye from 10 am onwards:

Saturday October 15
Saturday November 19

They will be exploring, experimenting with sound and movement, investigating ideas and sequences for the final dance. There will be several different types of dance involved, but no prior experience is necessary – just an open mind. More on the nature of the dance in Lyn’s blog here.

Some time after Christmas they will start rehearsing for the live performances and the film.

For more info, email Lyn at



Binocular: disturbance

Creative Network member Penny Hallas has been collaborating with Suffolk-based Caroline Wright on Binocular: disturbance.

The work, focusing on the Skirrid Mountain area, is an investigation into what it means to be familiar and unfamiliar with a place, being an insider and an outsider at the same time. What results is a collection of drawings, an exchange and display of objects, parallel walking, mapping of locations and other works.

The project is supported by Test Bed, Oriel Davies Gallery’s special programme which showcases new and experimental works. The exhibition runs from 22nd October until 25 February 2017 at Oriel Davies Gallery, Swansea.



Open to Creative Network Members

A collaborative group are gathering for the first time on Sunday 30th October in Abergavenny to begin sharing ideas around the Clydach Gorge.

Allison Neal has initiated the collaboration with notes on the culture, history, engineering, geology and nature of the Gorge. Artists willing to work freely and experimentally, to collaborate and share ideas are welcome to join in the discoveries we make. There will be a joint exhibition along the way.

Want to know more?  Email Catherine Wynne-Paton ( ) for notes to begin your adventure.




Poetry with Lyndon Davies

During these relaxed and friendly evening classes poet Lyndon Davies will introduce four great French poets in translation, including Francois Villon, Pierre de Ronsard, Rimbaud and Guillaume Apollinaire.

Lyndon will give a short lecture about each poet and an overview of the context and history within which they worked as well as commenting on the translation of their work from French to English.

All participants are encouraged to read aloud in the informal atmosphere of the studio, ask questions and contribute to round table discussions. You’ll deepen your knowledge and critical appreciation of poetry along the way.
Suitable for all abilities.
2nd – 23rd November, 7pm – 8:30pm
£30 for 4 weeks

Book online or tel: 01873 811579 / email:



City Stories

Mission Gallery in Swansea will exhibit City Stories, a collection of drawings, illustrations and paintings by selected artists which focus on the built environment and cityscapes. Among those artists is Creative Network member Philip Watkins, who enjoys depicting seaside resorts, industrial sites, estates and parks – “…anywhere where human activity comes up against nature.”

Other artists to feature in the exhibition include:

Tom Banks • Derek Bainton • Michelle Conway • Laura Edmunds • Catrin Llwyd
Rhiannon Lowe • Matthew Otten • Jonathan Powell • Jonathan Williams

Many of the works will be for sale, so this is a unique opportunity to own a contemporary piece, to support artists and contribute to the work of Mission Gallery.

City Stories runs from 26th November to 8th January. Find out more about the exhibition and the work of Mission Gallery on their website.




Kathryn Jarman is a Creative Network member specialising in textile art.

I am a fully qualified teacher but now work full time on my business. I initially did traditional Welsh quilting out of Welsh flannel and made other products but have now progressed to being more arts focused.

I am in the process of making a range of figurines in Traditional Welsh costume from the 1800’s onwards, with regional variations. Each county in Wales has their own interpretation of Traditional Welsh Costume and my figurines will display this. Some of them are on my Facebook page:   I have had a couple of my figurines exhibited at the Oriel Gallery in Crickhowell and am sourcing new venues to be able to display my work. 

I am passionate about teaching sewing in schools and have been working on writing a scheme of work to correlate with the current Welsh Education reforms due to be implemented in 2018 under the ‘Curriculum for Wales, Curriculum for Life’ remit. Some many children don’t have the opportunity to learn these basic skills anymore and I would like to do something about it!

You can get in touch with Kathryn via


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6 Sep



Members of the Creative Network are invited to apply for a £300 ‘mini-fund’ to produce new work. We want to hear about your idea for a new project, publication, performance, collaboration, exhibition or body of work. There are no creative limitations.

Deadlines for applications are in March and September each year.

The next deadline for applications is 5pm, FRIDAY 31st MARCH 2017.

Download the application form and guidelines:creative-network-mini-fund-march-2017

March 2016’s mini fund was awarded to a collaborative group of three Creative Network members; Susan Milne, Katherine Sheers and Helen Watkins, to produce a new exhibition. You can read Susan’s overview of the project below…





27 May  -5 June 2016

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The Tabernacle in Talgarth, a successful local music venue, was transformed into a gallery space for the duration of the Hay Festival. Artists Susan Milne, Katherine Sheers and Helen Watkins presented an exhibition that covered a range of ideas, techniques and mediums celebrating textiles and garments.

With the Tabernacle’s natural light enhanced by subtle pinpoint and track lights, the old chapel  became a quiet and meditative space in which to enjoy the work.

Helen’s beautiful linen hangings were coloured using a palette of plant dyes harvested from the surrounding landscape. The four suspended  pieces aimed to create a gentle space for quiet contemplation.

Katherine displayed individually dyed specimens of concealment, pinned as entomology samples and figurative works of finely stitched silk and cotton. Susan’s paper and fibre constructions, deriving from her drawings of garment fragments in museums, and ancient textile fragments from archaeological collections, were presented, museum style on  display tables with  lights for the individual pieces of work.

Approximately 500 people attended the exhibition, including visitors to the area,  local people and  visitors to the Hay Festival from the UK and abroad. The artists sold at least 25% of their work and there were expressions of interest for further exhibitions, sales and promotion.

The artists are grateful for the support from the Creative Network mini fund, the Tabernacle and the Hay Festival and also many local helpers.

Susan Milne, artist
Summer 2016

Photo credit: ‘Ann Dierikx Photography’


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23 Apr

Traces Exhibition


This Spring’s mini-fund has been awarded to three Creative Network members who will use the £300 fund to support a group exhibition of textile work at The Tabernacle, Talgarth during the Hay Festival period. 



An exhibition of work by


THE TABERNACLE , Talgarth, Powys

27 May- 5 June 2016

11am-5pm daily.


The artists will be available to discuss their work at a late closing on Wednesday 1st June . 6.30pm- 9.30pm.


Susan Milne: Traces - Remnant
Susan Milne: Traces work in progress
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Helen Watkins: Traces- work in progress
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Helen Watkins: Traces- work in progress
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Traces is an exhibition of new work at The Tabernacle, Talgarth, by Susan Milne, Katherine Sheers and Helen Watkins. The artists have come together through a mutual love of textiles and collectively they occupy the practices of art, craft, design and the spaces in between. The exhibition draws a thread through both personal and communal history; bringing to light the cloth we wear close to our bodies during a lifetime and the textile fragments of our ancestors buried beneath the surface.

The artists apply a range of processes and techniques including embroidery, drawing, construction, stitching, and dyeing. Susan unearths decaying remnants of garments and archeological layers of human presence in our landscape and makes works in paper and collage. Katherine creates exquisite silk and lace specimens of concealment dyed with the purple fruits of local hedgerows. Helen’s banners of natural colour and woven texture are embroidered with the marks of human interaction in the Black Mountains.

Although each artist has a defined individual practice, there is an intriguing synergy amongst the three. The work of one artist imparts a further layer of meaning to another’s, and produces a cohesive and quietly powerful exhibition that responds sensitively to the unique interior of The Tabernacle.

Rebecca Spooner
Arts Development Manager



SUSAN MILNE: Artist working with ideas about land and the development of the landscape. Current work: disintegration and fragmentation of organic and inorganic matter. The work, relating to garments and textiles, is made with mixed media, paper and fibers, and derives from drawings made from archeological fragments and museum artefacts.

KATHERINE SHEERS: Textile artist whose work questions the fundamental aspects of human emotion and how they relate to contemporary ideals of womanhood. Current work: specimens of concealment and vulnerability. Utilising the slow, ancient processes of natural dyeing and hand-stitching to colour, mark, reinforce and disguise upcycled silk, lace and cotton.

HELEN WATKINS: Textile artist and designer whose work is informed and inspired by the rites and rhythms of the surrounding agricultural landscape. Current work: natural plant dyed fabrics of linen, wool and silk; cutting, turning, crossing, joining, marking, represent an active, mindful and meditative intervention.


Photo credit for Susan Milne and Helen Watkins: ‘Ann Dierikx Photography’

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Fri 20

POTTERY – autumn term

October 20 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon 23

BASKET MAKING – autumn term

October 23 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wed 25

DRAWING & PAINTING – autumn term

October 25 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm