Monday, 21 November 2011

Willow Harvest 2011

The wait goes on, mild weather, no frosts mean the leaves on my shorter willows are firmly clinging on. The Flanders Red however is bare so I have cut a little of it and the Black Maul too. Really I will have to be patient and wait another week or two...There's always so much to do and I want to plant double what I have now so will prep the ground ready. The lack of stuff to weave has actually allowed me to explore other things too. Metal armatures, New Zealand Flax which I discovered through meeting Judith Ferns at Dail Behennah's workshop at Ruthin Craft Centre. I am quite excited with it and will post photos soon perhaps.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Coedwig Exhibition at Oriel Myrddin

Coedwig (Forest) is the latest show at Oriel Myrddin in Carmarthen. This is their yearly selected winter show with a range of arts and crafts for sale. Newport Collective'  Philippa Sibert is showing a selection of paintings, monoprints and mixed media works which all reflect the chosen theme beautifully. I love the work that you find at this gallery and one of the other makers selected is one I have met at other events over the past two years and is a favourite of mine, Eve O'Neil She makes delightful needle felted animals and birds which are all exquistely created and here they are displayed in an old medical or museum case which adds to their charm. The hedgerow and rustic basketmaker Susie Vaughan has some of her latest creations included too and I was very curious as to how she constructed the bases of two of them...a weaving puzzle. Lots of the work is actually very affordable and I would recommend a visit before you find yourself dizzy with distraction in the big chainstores. Lots of thoughtful care and soul in some handmade wares can be found at this treasure box of a show.

Philippa Sibert Oil on Canvas