Dark Meg Designs

History and a longing for home

After moving to Wales at a  young age, I learnt the language, the history and the stories around here. The mountains, lakes and forests are a massive inspiration to me creatively. Stepping out the front door and being a short walk away form nature is amazing! I worked in Portmeirion for a while and being near the estuary and the gardens were like working in a postcard. I moved from the coast to a job deep in the mountains, being a tour guide in the  slate mines. I learnt about the mines and the communities, heard the ghost stories and watched the faces of tourists light up in amazement as projections and music echoed around the mine. I might not be a natural born Welsh lady, but my heart will always belong see. No matter whee I go across the world, I will always come back to Wales.

I hope my artwork and illustrations show the myths and beauty that I’ve learnt and seen here.

Catherine Rose 

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


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.



Erfyl Lloyd Davies


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

I have been making gold and silver jewellery since I left school at sixteen, beginning with Tony Lewis in Dolgellau in the late 1970's. When I was twenty one, I decided to take the plunge, and opened my own shop selling my gold and silver jewellery. I ran the shop for eight years and my jewellery sold to visitors from many countries across the world as well as the UK.

After taking a break to have my family, and having had a few different jobs, I have gone back to the bench and started my jewellery making again. Celtic Treasure will now feature chainmail jewellery from Zedek Creations, made by Lilith Hicks.

Inspiration for my jewellery can come from anywhere, particularly the art of the ancient Celts; however shapes and patterns of all kinds can inspire and I enjoy working in a contemporary style too.

Celtic Treasure jewellery was in the news in 2017, after Prime Minister Theresa May bought two of my rings on a visit to Snowdonia at Easter. The rings were purchased from Celf Aran Arts, Dolgellau.Another ring was bought on a return visit to Celf Aran Arts in 2018, and another in 2019.