Monday, January 23, 2012

Continuing Professional Development for craftspeople at Craft in the Bay, 26th Jan 2012

These are the latest CPD sessions I've organised at Craft in the Bay for makers, artists and designers based in Wales. There are a few places left for both the morning and afternoon sessions - please call Craft in the Bay on 02920 484 611 asap to book

Membership of the Makers Guild in Wales

Thursday 26th January 2012, 11.30am -12.15pm

Want to find out more about becoming a member of the Makers Guild in Wales? Want the chance to exhibit and sell at the Guilds prestigious gallery Craft in the Bay in Cardiff? Want to get involved with the largest maker-led craft organisation in Wales?

Laura Thomas Makers Guild in Wales member and trustee, will give a presentation on the benefits of joining the Guild. Current exciting developments at Craft in the Bay as well as the history of the Guild will be covered alongside the specifics of the new application procedure and what membership actually entails.

Cost: Free. Limited spaces, so booking is still absolutely essential.

Support for makers and designers in Wales

Thursday 26th January 2012, 1.30pm – 5.00pm

Six of Wales’ leading arts and design support organisations will each give a short presentation on the services and support they offer makers and designers in Wales. Where relevant, membership benefits will be explained; practical support and/or facilities outlined; and grant opportunities highlighted.

• 1.30pm Harry McIver, Wales Arts International

• 2.00pm Robyn Tomos will discuss the application process and benefits of having work selected as part of the annual Art & Craft exhibition at the Eisteddfod

• 2.30pm Lesley Lillywhite, Swansea Print Workshop

• 3.00pm Break

• 3.30pm Cleeve Jenkins, from the Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries, will be talking about The Creative & Cultural Workforce Development Scheme which offers continuing professional development opportunities for freelancers, small and medium sized businesses in the creative and cultural industries in the Welsh convergence area.

• 4.00pm Anne Morgan, Association of Contemporary Jewellers in Wales

• 4.30pm Michael Goode and Cerys Thomas, Arts Council of Wales

Cost: Free, but a donation of £3.00 to cover afternoon refreshments would be appreciated. Limited spaces, so booking is still absolutely essential.

Latest work in the new studio.....

Well, I had a wonderful open studio weekend! Lots of people came to see my new studio - so many I didn't get a chance to actually demonstrate weaving on Saturday as planned! However, an early start today meant I got some cloth woven before the doors opened, so there was something for today's visitors to see on the loom!

I also include a few iphone shots of the studio for your interest. I weave by hand on a 24 shaft AVL floor loom, which I operate using the WeaveMaker software. I'm based in The Model House Craft and Design Centre is in the historic town of Llantrisant. There is a wonderful shop and florist on the ground floor, and then around 20 artists / makers / graphic designers based in the workshops on the three floors above. Its open to the public 10-5pm Tues-Sat and 11-4 on Sundays. I'm not there every day as work often takes me all over the country, so if you want to visit the studio, drop me a line before making a special visit to ensure I'll be there.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Talk about my work within woven textiles, Swansea, 20th Jan

Tomorrow evening (20th Jan) I'm giving a free talk about my work to the Friends of the Glynn Vivian Gallery in Swansea. It starts at 7pm and is in the Swansea Metropolitan University Dynevor Road Campus. Visitors are welcome to come to the talk (a donation towards the gallery is welcomed). Hope to see you there....

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Open studio & sale, 21/22 Jan

Happy New Year!

To celebrate moving into my wonderful new studio in the Model House Craft and Design Centre in Llantrisant, I'll be throwing open the doors to welcome visitors to come see me weaving and find out more about my work. It'll also be the perfect opportunity to get yourself a rather lovely January bargain: for that weekend only, all purchases will have a 20% discount, and some archive works will be reduced by even more.  Many of the other resident makers and artists will be there that weekend too, so it'll be a wonderful opportunity to visit. Very much hope to see you there :-)