It was a busy week, but to get me in the swing I joined a swim organised by AONB on Anglesey. I’m no swimmer but had the most divine morning in the sea around Llanddwyn in the capable hands of Ben from the Wildlife Trust and the guys from Gone Swimming.
As we walked down to the island we found a number of barrel jellyfish, a tiny sprat in a tiny puddle and my favourite, a very furry sea potato.
Once we were in the water we set off at a leisurely pace, pausing while turnstones skimmed us overhead and a very cheeky shag came and investigated us. After visiting Llanddwyn so frequently, it was great to have the birds view from the sea. As the tide started to turn we were joined by a seal, I’ve often seen one hanging about at Ynys y Clochydd but very special to be in the water with it. (Many thanks to Lowri from AONB for organising it and providing photos)
The rest of my week involved gathering work and preparing for my Helfa Gelf residency at Galeri, Caernarfon. On Friday, along with the other artists Drws y Coed/Hannah Wardle, Catheryn Lowri Griffith and Rebecca F.Hardy and Sian Rees Astley, we set about turning four rooms and offices into gallery spaces. I had a room with a sea view and balcony which complimented my Llanddwyn finds and the work derived from it. Thanks to all who camed to visit and showed interest and a big thankyou to Menna and all the team at Galeri.
There will be another opportunity to see this work on the 20th and 21st September, Neuadd Goffa, Mynydd Llandegai. I will also have some of my ‘Treasure’ collection on display and a ‘Second Chance’ cabinet of previous collections at discounted prices.
We will also be running the very popular silver ring workshops, £15 – £35, there’s no need to book, just turn up and get sawing, hammering and soldering.
And of course a selection of cake!
For directions follow the links to the Helfa Gelf or Neuadd Goffa websites
Look forward to meeting you there!