The upper pond, on our terrace, is a sound-scape as well as a visual stimulus, as the water falls into the lower pond. By it we sit on beautiful days enjoying its calm presence, gazing across the Menai Strait to Snowdonia beyond. The ponds did not exist before we made them – now they are special habitats and reward us for our work.
The main image is fractured and rendered in solid fabrics: the sheers, by comparison, are used in response to the shimmering movement of water and its translucence.
This work is a direct emotional response to one of the ponds on our land. My relationship is not only with the prolific wildlife, but also comes from the sense of calm working by it offers me.
The main image is fractured and rendered in solid fabrics: the sheers, by comparison, are used in response to the shimmering movement of water and its translucence, giving us a glimpse into another world.
Part of a series first shown at Oriel Ynys Mon, Anglesey, April to June 2015
Informed during my childhood on the North East coast and now the West coast where I live and sail, the inspiration for the ‘Waves’ series of hangings came from the tumbling, rolling and constantly reshaping moods of the sea; sometimes gentle, twinkling in sunlight, sometimes tumultuous and threatening.
Commission based on Siwan (Joan/Joana) daughter of King John and wife of Llewelyn ap Iorwerth (the Great). She lived in the various courts belonging to this prince of Gwynedd and was buried in Llanfaes, near Beaumaris, where a friary was built in her memory. Her coffin, with her image carved on the lid, is in the porch of St Mary’s church in Beaumaris.
‘Breila’ is an old Welsh word for wild rose.
Cotton fabrics, machine pieced then hand and machine quilted and hand beaded.