Makers Market 2016

Welcome to Christmas at Oriel Myrddin!

We’ve chosen hand-made ceramics, textiles, clothes, woodwork, leather-work and much more for our Makers Market 2016. The exhibition features beautifully crafted and carefully selected work from designers, individual makers and artists from across the UK and Wales.

  • You’ll find exceptional ceramics from Peter Bodenham, Lowri Davies, Caitlin Jenkins, Vicky Lindo, James & Tilla Waters.
  • We’re delighted to be showing a brand new line of clever and stylish outdoor clothing from Ali and Marnie at Filthy Weather.
  • Beautiful linen smocks and hand dyed accessories from Polly Lyster of Dyeworks in Stroud – real favourites with our winter shoppers.
  • Woolen accessories this year are from Oubas Knitwear in Cumbria and ABOÛT – a German company who have been in the hat industry since the 1950’s.
  • We’re proud to be working again with Carmarthenshire based Corgi Hosiery bringing you the softest cashmere accessories.
  • Gillian Osband‘s herring bone design throws use wool from sheep on her Pembrokeshire farm.
  • Crafted leather bags will be available from Bonner Leather Studio in Gloucestershire – including a range of very stylish bicycle saddle bags. Pembrokeshire based Will Suiter is showing work aprons, dog leads and wallets alongside a range of other special leather and canvas pieces.
  • Woodwork from Carmarthenshire – Simon Gaiger‘s hand crafted walking sticks and wooden spatulas from Sam Knight.
  • We have a fabulous range  of wooden jewellery from London based Lina Peterson‘s ‘Carved in Colour’ range and silver jewellery by designer and maker, Barbara Spence.
  • Michelle Cain‘s generous log baskets use willow grown by the maker in west Wales – Michelle also made the famous giant willow badger in Cilgerran Wildlife Park – a firm favourite with west Wales locals!
  • We’re pleased to be showing some very desirable textile sculptures based on Staffordshire pottery from Glasgow based Karen Suzuki.
  • West Wales forager, Jade Mellor of Wild Pickings is again providing tempting foody treats, bottled condiments and other delights – the perfect locally sourced gift.
  • Swansea designers, BYJI provide stylish Christmas decorations for your tree.
  • With paintings from Cathy Cullis, stitched textile panels from Ruth Harries and assemblage pieces from Rachel Larkins we are delighted to welcome you to browse for your Christmas gifts in the calm of our beautiful gallery setting.

 

 

 

Anne-Mie Melis: A New Niche for Nature

Opening: Friday 5 August at 6pm including a live sound performance by Jobina Tinnemans

As part of the series of flora commissions in partnership with Oriel Davies, A New Niche for Nature focuses on the River Towy and in particular the point at which land and water meet – where rare and endangered plant species and invasive plants compete for survival. Anne-Mie Melis highlights the precariousness of this balance alongside wider ecological questions, she imagines a new environment or ‘niche’ in which plants might grow.

Anne Mie Melis is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses conventional media, and digital technology to create drawings, sculptural work, intervention and moving images.  For this project Anne-Mie has become enthralled by the quality of the local ‘riparian zone’ (this is the interface between land and river or stream, where plant habitats grow along river margins or river banks).  Her engagement reminds us that all life is related and is a delicate balance that ebbs and flows.

‘I feel the best way to express myself is through my visual language.  I attempt to show an altered reality, aiming to address the responsibility we have towards maintaining this balance between all things on earth and our looming future – which I try to deal with in a lighthearted way!’

 

A New Niche for Nature is the fourth commission for flora, in collaboration with Oriel Myrddin.  flora is a National Touring Exhibition curated by Oriel Davies and supported by Arts Council of Wales.

www.flora.orieldavies.org

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Dail Behennah: Fieldwork

Dail Behennah has built an international following for her exquisite forms in willow, wire and found objects. Originally working as a basket-maker, Dail recently reached a major junction as she and her partner bid farewell to their much- loved home on the North Pembrokeshire coast. This leave-taking inspired a new body of work: an elegy to the wild and monolithic beauty of North Pembrokeshire.

Dail is a virtuoso, able to combine the poetry of place and memory with exacting technical virtuosity. Every line, junction and relationship is a carefully considered document of a physical and emotional journey – all grounded in this region of Wales.

 

Cecile Johnson Soliz: Made Up

Cecile Johnson Soliz draws, paints and makes sculptural forms. By combining these processes she creates objects that encourage us to wonder.  Recent works exist in conversation with one another, sharing techniques such as wrapping, to-ing and fro-ing, knotting, folding, crisscrossing, winding…all processes that can be extended to sculptural form, painting and drawing.

This new body of work was initiated during a recent Arts Council of Wales ‘Creative Wales Award’, she says, ‘sometimes you think you know what you are looking at but then aren’t sure…and then another possibility comes into your head…and another…I like the ambiguity of things.’

Carmarthen was a rough old town. Sailors, coraclemen, wives and prostitutes fought the twelve-strong police force in its streets and lanes. Market days and festivals swelled the town to bursting with labourers, peddlers, drunks. Overseen by corrupt and often intimidated officials, the gaols and courts were full of the casualties of a heavy Friday night, or the results of dark and reckless actions.

Notorious is an exhibition of portraits from this dark past identified from the historical Felon’s Register and other historical sources from Carmarthen’s archives. It reveals a fascinating insight into the criminal activities and social conditions of the poor; a tiny snippet of their lives that has been captured and kept alive forever when most other traces of their existence have vanished.

Through his paintings Anthony Rhys re-creates the lives of these people, making their hidden lives explicit and extending their stories past the official reports.

Today our online presence consists of thousands of personal posts, photographs and comments. What if the only one that survived about you was the worst thing you ever did?

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