Ali Scott

Tachwedd / November 2018

Ali Scott ~ Felt Artist

Ali is an experienced feltmaker with a passion for transforming fleece into vibrant felt ‘paintings’. Since leaving Art College in the late seventies, Ali has lived and worked in rural Ceredigion. She discovered the ancient art of feltmaking in 2004 and it has become her medium of choice ever since.

Ali’s work is a response to the wild and beautiful places that abound here in Wales, the seasonal shifts, changing light, colours and textures of the landscape and coast provide endless inspiration.

Ali is primarily a ‘wet felter’ and works mostly with ethically sourced Merino wool, sometimes incorporating UK fleece and plant fibres, spun yarn and fabrics to achieve the desired outcome. Working with fleece and fibre can seem deceptively simple yet has infinite possibilities, often with unpredictable outcomes, which help to keep the work dynamic. Ali loves to ‘paint’ with the ‘wool tops’ (dyed, carded fleece), building up layers of fibres to create a rich depth of colour. It can take many hours to ‘lay out’ a design and when it is complete the ‘wet felting’ begins. A little soap and warm water is added, pressure is applied through rubbing, rolling and throwing and the transformation begins. As the fibres mat together the resulting fabric is worked vigorously to strengthen and shrink it. When the process is complete, the work is stretched onto a frame ready for hanging.

‘Creating my pictures is a real joy and it gives me much delight and satisfaction to work in this medium.’

Ali exhibits widely and has work in several private collections in the UK and abroad. She is a member of The International Feltmakers Association, Origin, Carmarthen and The Ceredigion Art Trail. Alongside her work, Ali sells a range of greeting cards and is an experienced workshop facilitator. She also welcomes commissions.

www.aliscottfeltartist.co.uk

 

Ali Scott ~ Artist Ffelt

Mae Ali yn ffeltwraig brofiadol sy’n angerddol am greu “paentiadau” gyda gwlan lliwgar.  Ers gadael Coleg Celf yn niwedd y saithdegau, mae Ali wedi byw a gweithio yng nghefn gwlad Ceredigion. Daeth ar draws y grefft hynafol o ffeltio yn 2004, a dyna fu ei chyfrwng dewisol ers hynny.

Ymateb i’r amryw lecynnau gwyllt prydferth o’i chwmpas yma yng Nghymru yw gweithiau Ali, wedi eu hysbrydoli gan gylch y tymhorau, goleuni cyfnewidiol, lliwiau a gwead y dirwedd a’r arfordir.

Ffeltio “gwlyb” yw arbenigedd Ali, gan ddefnyddio gwlan Merino o ffynhonellau moesegol yn bennaf, wedi ei gyfuno weithiau gyda chnu lleol, ffibrau llysieuol, edafedd wedi ei nyddu neu decstiliau. Mae gweithio gyda gwlan a ffeibr i’w weld yn syml ar yr olwg gyntaf, ond mae iddo bosibiliadau di-ben-draw, gyda chanlyniadau annisgwyl ar adegau, sy’n cadw’r gwaith yn ddeinamig. Mae Ali wrth ei bodd yn “paentio” gyda thopiau gwlan (cnu wedi eu cribo a’u lliwio), gan adeiladu haenau o ffibr i greu dyfnder lliw. Gall gymryd rhai oriau i osod allan y cynllun, a phan fydd wedi ei gwblhau bydd y broses o ffeltio gwlyb yn dechrau. Ychwanegir sebon a dwr cynnes, yna gwasgu, rhwbio, rholio a lluchio nes dechrau’r trawsnewidiad. Wrth i’r ffibrau glymu at ei gilydd, rhaid gweithio’r deunydd yn egniol i’w gywasgu a’i gryfhau. Wedi gorffen y broses, mae’r gwaith yn barod i’w ymestyn ar ffram yn barod i’w hongian.

“Mae creu’r darluniau yma yn hyfrydwch o’r mwyaf i mi, a chaf bleser a boddhad arbennig o weithio yn y cyfrwng hwn.”

Mae Ali wedi arddangos ei gwaith yn eang ac mae darnau unigol ganddi mewn sawl casgliad preifat yn y DU a thramor. Mae’n aelod o’r International Feltmakers Association, Origin (Caerfyrddin), a Llwybr Celf Ceredigion. Yn ogystal a’r gweithiau mawr mae Ali yn gwerthu cyfres o gardiau cyfarch ac mae’n brofiadol mewn cynnal Gweithdai. Mae hefyd yn hapus i dderbyn comisiynau.

www.aliscottfeltartist.co.uk

 

Cottonwood Cadair

10 years ago, after our children had flown the nest, I moved to Dolgellau with my husband to embark on a new adventure and to enjoy the beautiful backdrop of Cadair Idris.

I am a self taught sewer having been inspired by my mums dress making skills. When a close friend offered me her retired sail I was encouraged to create some of my own designs.

 

Tish Bartlett

Since her teens Tish Bartlett has had a love for design and painting. She says "my working career has been clerical so when I took redundancy in 2015 I was able to indulge my passion for patterns and colour. I purchase local Welsh slate as well as various other base materials. All of my pieces are bespoke originals." 

Spirit Star Seren Ysbryd

Ianto and Gail Roberts are relentless producers of arts and crafts who decided to turn their enthusiasm into Spirit Star in 2011. They are a family run enterprise based in Dinas Mawddwy in the Snowdonia National Park. They produce high-quality, handcrafted products made from natural materials sourced as locally as possible.

Their luxurious, hand-crocheted woollen slippers are made using thick, Welsh shearling sheepskin insoles and suede soles from upholsterer's offcuts and can be tailor-made to fit your feet.

They also produce natural candles using UK Rapeseed Wax scented with therapeutic grade essential oils. Their range of SLS and Paraben-free bath and beauty products use the highest quality ingredients, organic where possible. All of their products have passed safety assessments in accordance with regulations. They are member of the Guild of Craft Soap and Toiletry Makers.

Really Rustic

Jacky and Graham O'Hanlon

Graham and Jacky O'Hanlon live in Taicynhaeaf near Dolgellau in Southern Snowdonia.  They own and operate SnowBikers mountain bike coaching business alongside their 4-star B&B,  Coed Cae, featuring a state of the art log-fuelled boiler supplying all the B&B's heating and hot water demands.

 

As part of their ongoing quest from their own woodlands, to find wood for the boiler, the “wood too good to burn” eventually found its way into the making of Really Rustic creations. 

 

Graham holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and was born with a love for tools, but it was a chainsaw operation course where he got started. The rest has been ‘dynamically developed’ and he's proud to say he still has all his own fingers! In his spare time Graham can be found volunteering with the local mountain rescue team.

 

Jacky, assuming most of the marketing and selling for Really Rustic, has also become a bit of a local historian, writing two walking guides, with the one featuring the Mawddach Trail, recently being part of the BBC's "Railway Walks" series.

 

 

Nuala Dunn

Artist

Nuala completed her degree in art and environmental studies in the 1980s and went on to teach in schools for 5 years.

She has worked in Outdoor Education for the past 20 years, giving people opportunities to experience adventures, in the mountains, on rivers and on the sea. This immersion in the landscape teemed with extensive journeying and travel has deepened her interest both in the environment and landscape painting. She likes to work outside and tries to capture a feeling of being in the landscape or taking the viewer on a journey through it.

She has been greatly influenced by the vibrancy of colour on her travels in India

Ianto Roberts

Photography and leatherwork

Ianto is passionate about the arts and has a great love for craft, being a prolific producer himself. As well as photography, Ianto’s other passions include music, crochet, knitting socks, leatherwork, origami and just about any other craft he can get his hands on!

Ianto lives and works in the Snowdonia National Park.

iantomac@gmail.com

 

Erfyl Lloyd Davies

Photography

My name is Erfyl Lloyd Davies and I have been involved in photography for over 25 years

My work consists of Weddings, Portraits, PR, Press, Advertising and Video productions for websites.

Celtic Treasure

Anna Hicks, fine gold and silver jewellery maker, feels like she has come “full circle”. Having started working with another manufacturing jeweller in Dolgellau at 16, Anna now has her jewellery back in Dolgellau for sale at Celf Aran Arts.

Anna wasn’t allowed to take metal work at school (in the days when girls did sewing and cooking), so the first thing she did when leaving school was to find work with a maker of jewellery. At 21, she then went on to run her own shop, Janna Jewellery in Dolgellau, for eight years before taking a break to have her two sons.

It was only when her youngest son wanted to try his hand in silver that Anna realised how much she missed creating her pieces, and so decided to return to making her jewellery. Having lived all her life in Snowdonia, with its rich Celtic past, her style has a definite Celtic flare, particularly suited to the fine piercing work that she specialises in, adding her own unique twist.