I invited jeweller Kathryn Willis, artist Robert Macdonald and printer Sarah Lane from Penrhos Printing Press to a collaboration by creating work which complements and enriches the exhibition. also Patricia Kelly who made the most beautiful ceramic pieces for the Oriel Cric stage of the Exhibition.
Kathryn Willis who is a Jeweller specialising in Enamelling …During Her research she discovered enamel was mentioned in the Mabinogi. Kathryn Explains Manawydan one of the characters learns how to enamel using Blue-Azure and starts making pommels, shields and shoe buckles using the technique. Working with enamel on copper I made bridle pieces for Rhiannon’s horse featuring the birds of Rhiannon. The song of these magical birds was said to ‘wake the dead and lull the living to sleep’.
Kathryn also blogged about the process whilst making the beautiful pieces to adorn The Beasts, to see the process of creating each piece pop over to Kathryns Blog
Robert Macdonald began painting the Welsh landscape and taking an interest in the legends of the surrounding area, and landscape and legends have provided him with much of his subject matter as an artist during the past 25 years.
His watercolours in particular have won a number of national prizes, he was also one of eight printmakers from Wales whose work was exhibited in the European Parliament, Brussels. Robert is also chair of the Royal Watercolour Society of Wales.
He used ink and watercolour to produce 4 pieces of work for the Exhibition:
Penrhos Press is the creation of artisan letterpress printer and printmaker Sarah Lane. Inspired by her craft apprenticeship in letterpress and intaglio printing with family print firm Berrington Press, Sarah has nurtured her love for print and typography together with an affinity for the natural world to create an eclectic and quirky range of craft made stationery.
Situated in the very rural heights of Herefordshire on Garway Hill, Penrhos Press stationery was founded out of inspiration for these surroundings. Nature, wildlife and the comfort of family and assorted pets nearby combined with quirky colloquial family sayings make for a sustainable source of design ideas to create fun and fanciful printed produce.
Sarah produced the Billingual Titles and Extracts which were the perfect finishing touches to the pieces.
she first became ‘hooked’ on pottery when she was first introduced to clay at evening class. At the same time, as luck would have it, redundancy from her office lifestyle gave her the chance for a career change – fulfilling a dream of becoming a potter. This was enhanced by the wonderful opportunity of spending time at the Moorcroft Pottery tube-lining and painting a vase to her own design.
I first became a huge fan of the wonderful work of Patricia at the Oriel Cric Gallery where on display was a little ceramic cottage on a hill which looked just like my own Home….
Patricia produced an amazing collection of sculptures and wall figure heads for the Crickhowell Part of the Exhibition and to say i was totally smitten is an understatement:-)