Ancient Flintshire sites in Welsh wool
A volunteer programme for older people is hosting an art project giving the
opportunity to work alongside professional felting artist, Helen Melvin.
Using local wools, natural dyes and early felting techniques, they have been
designing and creating textiles inspired by protected monuments in Flintshire
that reflect ancient Welsh heritage.
A selection of sites were chosen to inspire their artwork including Penbedw the
standing stone and stone circle at Nannerch; The Gop which is the second
largest manmade hill in Britain with caves containing Palaeolithic remains and
Maen Achwyfan stone cross in Whitford which contains Viking designs.
Set up by the Retired and Senior Volunteer programme, each group has received
three days of workshops which included site visits, felting techniques and
creating finished textile pieces. Site photographs for the exhibition were
taken by photographer Alan Whitfield.
In addition to the course, a five day artists residency with Helen will take
place at the Daniel Owen Centre in Mold from 15-19 July. The drop in workshop
is open to the general public from 10am till 4pm.and will offer practical
felting demonstrations, discussions and a display of photographs.
An exhibition of the completed work will be staged in Holywell Art & Craft Mill
gallery and will be officially opened by the Chair of Flintshire County
Council, Councillor Glenys Diskin. It will be on display from 29 July to 3
August and then for four months in libraries across Flintshire.
This project has been funded by Arts Council Wales, the Tourism Department of
Flintshire County Council, and the Arts, Culture and Events Section of
Flintshire County Council who are coordinating the project on behalf of the
Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme.
For more information contact Beth Ditson, Community Events Coordinator in the
Arts, Culture and Events Section on 07786 523 601.