Oriel Myrddin teamed up with NAWR to organise the very first Criw Celf for teachers and what a week it was!

We had 13 incredible individuals join us from various schools and backgrounds who took time out of their summer to join us for 5 intensive days of art workshops hosted by some fantastic local artists.

On Monday we kicked off the week with Mary Sikkel, who worked with our teachers on 3D construction methods, drawing and collage. They created small sculptures from toothpicks and midget gems then larger, geometric cardboard pieces in the afternoon. Our teachers also completed a series of drawing activities to record their work using pen and collage. These techniques and materials link to cross curricular themes in maths, design and technology and recycling.

Tuesday we had a visit to Coleg Sir Gar where lecturers Nia Lewis and Llio James worked with us to explore low tech knit and weave methods. We learnt how to reimagine images into colour blocks with thread and how to use the heat press to fuse plastic materials to form a base for sewn or woven embellishments.

We were treated to a printmaking session with the lovely Alan Williams on Wednesday, who walked us through methods for printing without a press. This included lino, collagraph and mono printing. The results were beautiful and the techniques could be applied to a range of subjects and themes.

Artist Seren Stacey joined us on Thursday to explore drawing in its many forms. Using NAWR’s free resource of ‘see, sense, draw’ as a basis for the activities, our participants worked with different materials to practice a more free and expressive way of using drawing to develop a ‘drawing vocabulary’ and build confidence in 2D media.

To complete our week we hosted an animation session with Bill Taylor Beales from Hushland Creative. To help our teachers meet their digital competency frameworks we used the apps ‘chatterpix’ and ‘stopmotion’ along with iMovie to create fun animated sequences from the seemingly mundane. Much laughter ensued and it was a lovely way to end the week!

We had some incredible feedback from our participants:

‘Everything was fantastic – really high quality training with really lovely people’

‘Animation will be integrated into current projects and used to peer and self-assess – gives pupils a voice and an animated face.’

‘This has been an amazing week – motivating and inspiring. I will use aspects of all workshops in my classroom practice.’

‘Lots of ideas for the classroom and techniques which are simple to do and apply and also cheap!’

‘I will use many of the ideas in my future practice. Very exciting!’

‘Being taught by an expert in a small group away from school demands has been invaluable.’

A huge thank you to all the teachers who participated in this event, I hope you found it useful and are full of ideas for the new term.

Another big thank you to NAWR who have made this possible through their funding and support with technical equipment.

Lastly, a thank you to the artists who led such brilliant sessions and shared their expertise.

I very much hope we will be able to repeat this next year!

 

Oriel Myrddin’s new volunteer, Rachel Vater graduated from Swansea Metropolitan University in 2012 with a degree in illustration. She has joined us at Oriel Myrddin Gallery to help us with retail and publicity in our gallery shop.

Rachel has a keen eye for design and colour and was immediately drawn to the beautiful silk scarves we have in stock from designer Rosie Cook.

Rosie is a local textile designer and artist living and working in Pembrokeshire and is also a graduate of Swansea Metropolitan University in Print Design. She has exhibited at a number of high profile exhibitions including Interiors UK and New Designers One Year On. These opportunities have allowed her to gain freelance work and helped launch her printed silk scarves.

The bold and vivid style of Rosie’s prints are fed by her love of colour and pattern and is inspired by her travels as well as the more familiar Pembrokeshire coastline. Rosie’s scarves are designed in Wales and digitally printed in the UK.

Rachel asked Rosie a few questions to find out a little about how she ticks…

What is your dream project?

There’s so much I would like to do! I would love to get back into screen printing and painting directly onto cloth as well as collaborating more with artists and designers. I have been lucky to get some freelance work with Made.com which has seen my designs become real products which is so rewarding and a big dream come true.

Which Superhero would you most like to design a cape/outfit for?

Wonder Woman! Her outfit is iconic so it would be a good challenge.

Worst/most embarrassing/baffling experience so far within the industry?

So far the worst thing is having to split day work with design work. Creating and making takes lots of time and I dream of being able to do it full time. The most baffling although flattering is the few emails I’ve had from students wanting internships. I wish I could help but I feel so new to this industry myself.

Music to work to?/Studio Playlist?

At the moment I’m listening to a lot of Alabama Shakes, Young Fathers and Little Dragon. I also love any dub or reggae. If I can sing along badly all the better!

 

Rachel has another hidden talent – she very kindly modelled some of Rosie’s scarves for us in our recent photo shoot in the gallery studio, we love the images…

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