I’ve just set up the first exhibition of the work derived from my visits to Llanddwyn in the foyer of Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor, Gwynedd.
It’s been an exciting and busy time. Initially I was a bit overwhelmed with the amount of amazing reference and resource material that I had gathered. It ranged from beautiful shells, whelk eggs, sea mats and the most fantastic tail from a thornbacked ray. I have included a selection of these in the exhibition for everyone to enjoy.
As the project went on, I started to see repeats in many of the patterns and shapes and began to isolate some of these to base work on.
For some of the pieces, I’ve focused on the humble sea potato or heart urchin, which is fabulously furry when alive but the white ‘test’ that washes up is covered in patterns of raised dots. Also on display are the first ‘vessels’ produced, all have a ruptured surface, referring back to barnacle clusters torn from rocks and also the craggy outline of Trwyn Ffynon y Sais.
I have exhibited on the walls in the foyer, a selection of the High Tide jewellery which I made in response to each visit to Llanddwyn. These are accompanied by the log of each day’s visit, which are also included in the Llanddwyn blog.
The Ysbyty Gwynedd exhibition runs from the 10th January to the end of March 2014.
I would like to thank those who have shared their knowledge and everyone who has helped during my visits to Llanddwyn and in setting up the exhibition.
I would also like to thank the Arts Council of Wales for funding this project.