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Bring on Summer again!

Updated: Jul 4, 2020

As I write this I am looking at torrential rain through my window – what happened to the glorious weather we had in May? Other than a couple of sweltering hot days at the end of June, we have had weeks of cloud and showers. Rather a shame as I have been enjoying a new hobby – cyanotype photography – for which UV light is required. I have been very pleased with the results so far – they are just as magical as felting results! Talking of which, I have been experimenting with paper in nuno felting and playing with lots of colour – blending fibres and making miniature artworks.

With so many events being cancelled I am delighted to be part of Studio Cennen – an online lifestyle gallery, curated by Brigid Jones, who designed and managed the ever popular and successful ‘Art at the Hall’ over the past few years. The gallery is filled with talented artists, and makers – and all can be viewed from the comfort of your own home!

Despite the cancellation of the 2020 TVOS Arts trail I have decided to go ahead and open my studio as a gallery to the public from Saturday July 18th. With ‘non-essential’ shops open once more I will follow government guidelines – adhere to the 2m social distancing rule and have plenty of hand sanitizer available for use prior to entry.

I have a large riverside garden for you to wander in should the gallery be full when you arrive; alternatively, you may wait in your car.

Perhaps you are planning a trip out, now that the ‘5-mile’ limit has been scrapped, or perhaps you are thinking of taking a holiday to this beautiful part of Wales – the Cambrian mountains. With so many wonderful places to stay, including , you will be spoilt for choice and you’ll be within walking distance to visit my gallery!

If you are unable to visit in person, please re-visit my website from 18th July for “Open Gallery” items to purchase.

I have continued with wet-felting sessions via zoom during the restrictions and due to their success I shall continue to hold them fortnightly for the foreseeable future. I do hope it won’t be too long before I can hold full-day workshops once more and welcome my ‘zoomers’ to Abercamlais. If you visit me from July 18th you will be able to see my studio and watch while I demonstrate wet-felting - and hopefully gain a desire to learn yourself or with friends.

Have you wondered what some of the felting terms mean? What is ‘nuno-felting’? What is a batt? What does a resist do? Have a look through my glossary to find out.

With so much more of the wet stuff forecast for the next few days, I shall retire to my felting barn, turn up the music and drift away in a cloud of the softest merino fibres, silks and curls…

Stay dry and I hope to see you soon.

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