Textile Season at Oriel Mryddin Gallery

An exclusive opportunity to join three of Wales’ most exciting practitioners in a season of textile themed workshops at Oriel Myrddin Gallery.

Julia Griffiths Jones, Angela Maddock and Jeanette Orrell will each lead a two-day workshop in their specialist field of practice.

In each set of workshops you will experiment with materials and techniques to create a sample or finished item. Over the season you will have a comprehensive set of new skills at your fingertips to develop your own textile projects.

Sign up for the season at an all-in-price of £250 for 6 workshops which includes coffee and pastries as well as a buffet lunch from The Warren café and restaurant in Carmarthen.

Age +16, materials provided




*Change of Date* 16 – 17 November

Join Julia Griffiths Jones for this workshop where she will be sharing her unique practice.

Taking inspiration from her collection of Eastern European textiles you will learn how to interpret textile techniques such as lace, with steel and aluminium wire. You will learn how to use simple hand tools and basic welding to create beautiful pieces of metalwork inspired by embroidered textiles and folk art motifs.

All materials provided

Julia studied Textiles at Winchester School of Art and the Royal College of Art where she won a travel bursary enabling her to visit Slovakia and Poland to study folk art and culture. Julia’s work is inspired and influenced by the textiles created by women alongside their domestic duties. Her work seeks to translate textile techniques such as embroidery, stitching and weaving into a wire and metal form.


5th and 6th October

Join Angela Maddock and make a sample quilt from preloved and deconstructed garments.

You will learn traditional techniques of hand quilting and embroidery, including boro and sashiko, originating from ancient Japan. Angela will teach simple piecing, appliqué and layering techniques and will work with you individually to help develop your own striking and personal hand sewn quilt.

All materials provided – Please bring along an unpicked worn garment – perhaps a shirt – made of cotton or linen and your own packet of curved safety pins.

Angela is an experienced teacher who recently gained her PhD in Textiles from the Royal College of Art where she is also a visiting tutor. She is currently maker in residence with the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care at King’s College, London where her work focuses on connections between crafting and exploring themes of resilience with students and staff.


2nd and 3rd November

Join Jeanette Orrell and discover the rich and ancient world of Japanese Indigo dyeing.

Explore shibori techniques from 8th century Japan, a manual resist dyeing technique that includes stitching, wrapping and clamping leaving marks on the cloth. Jeanette, who trained in Japan, will share her knowledge about the cultural history of Japanese Indigo, such as how indigo dyed cloth offered protection to Samurai Warriors and the belief in its healing properties.

Jeanette is an established artist and has exhibited at the National Eisteddfod, Royal Academy and galleries throughout Wales and beyond. In 2015 she was a Creative Wales Award recipient, which enabled her to visit Japan to immerse herself in life on an indigo farm. She studied ceramics at Camberwell School of Art in the 1980s. This grounding has enabled Jeanette to pursue a cross-disciplinary approach to her practice ever since. Sometimes drawing, sometimes making, sometimes creating stories around modified found objects, her work is always rooted in rigorous observation and sensitive production inspired by the poetry of daily life.

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