We’ve been on the look out for a really great range of utility wear to stock in the gallery and we’re delighted to have discovered The Carrier Company.

 

The Carrier Company was formed in 1995. The creation of Tina Guillory; who works from her 17th century brick and flint farmhouse, close to the great expanses of marsh and the huge beaches of the north Norfolk coast.

Tina has always been an environmentalist. In London she would take her children along on Greenpeace and CND marches, worked and baked for a whole food shops, and became a gardener renowned for transforming London’s small formal spaces into self- sustaining wildernesses full of wild flowers and organic shapes.

Her designs are inspired by and take the textures of her environment: the canvas sails of dinghies in the creeks, weatherproof fisherman’s Slops and oilskins and forged steel from country blacksmiths; she is drawn to natural and renewable fabrics that work harmoniously with the landscape.

 

We are stocking dungarees, work jackets, fishermen’s smocks and denim shirts all in navy blue in a range of women’s and men’s sizes as well as generous duffle bags.

 

We think these well made clothes are functional and robust but also pretty stylish! We asked our own Rachel Vater to model some of the pieces for us in a recent photoshoot.

 

 

 

Find out more about Tina Guilroy and The Carrier Company:

Saturday 19 November 2016

Each year an artist is invited by the gallery to design, create or decorate a tree for the Christmas period.  For 2016 we have invited Carmarthenshire artist, Rachel Vater to produce our Christmas tree.

Rachel has taken Christmas dinner as her theme to produce a fun and colourful feast of a tree in papier mache – all your favourite dishes are represented  (plus a few exotic alternatives) –  including the sprouts and an After Eight to follow!

Join us for hot chocolate and meet the artist in the gallery between 10am and 12pm.

You can also meet Santa’s reindeer (real fluffy ones!) outside the gallery between 10am and 12pm. Bring the children to our drop-in workshop to make wearable antlers for the parade through town.

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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