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when a day begins....

when a day begins....

When a day begins like this you just know you have to go to the tiny island of Llandwynn (just off Newborough forest on Anglesey) for the day. Take a boat or take a walk, take a friend, take a pic-nic and let the peaceful aura of this beautiful place fill your soul…..follow the other pilgrims who make it this far across the stretches of beach to the atmospheric lighthouse overlooking the bay.


The rocks on this particular island were thrown up millions of years ago and are quite unusual in their colourings of pinks and teals. This tumbling wall captures their hues as the rocks seem to fall to the tiny gate of the pathway.

 

The beaches either side of the island are trimmed with tall woodland and impressive sand dunes and they stretch for miles. And, perhaps because not many people want to walk for literally miles along sand, they are extremely quiet. Even the excited greyhound who bounced around us for the first mile, had to give up the chase and return to his owners. We came across this old boat wreck half way up the deserted sand, covered in seaweed, some dark grey green, some bright emerald shining wet in the sun light. The wood that remained stood like a bottom row of teeth, grinning at the calm blueness of sea and sky.

Green was the colour that day. The colour that shouted loudest and the one I have chosen to use in my sketches from the day……….Green by the sea is different to the green in the garden. It is certainly as vibrant but salty and rugged, rather than fresh and clean. (see my sketches in ‘drawn to design’ post)

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rockpool

rockpool

I must admit to being slightly obsessed with water, especially the way it changes colour, depending on what is underneath it and what the sky is doing above it. Every time I pop out to the beach, the sea offers up different, ever-changing shades and the rock pools it leaves behind as it falls away from the rocky edges of the beach are also full of colour and texture.

 

I often surprise friends when I return from holiday with my holiday snaps. I hardly ever take photos of people, instead my images will be of the sea, or a lake or perhaps a structural plant or a dead tree or two. I am fascinated with just how brilliant and bountiful nature is as a source of inspiration, and I am always looking out for colour. During a recent trip I found myself captivated by the beautiful greens and blues of this fast flowing river in Hukka, New Zealand. It reminded me of the colours of the rockpools back on the pebble beach at home.

I have been making sketches and colour studies based on rockpools and am currently developing this work into designs for weaving. Here are a few drawings taken from my sketchbook:

I will be making some yarn wrappings next and then I can begin designing the weave and making a warp to take on to the loom.  Hopefully I can produce some samples worthy of becoming a new throw design.......think I will name it 'rockpool'.

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Island Inspiration

Island Inspiration

When I am surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, either sitting on the pebble beach outside the cottage or watching the boats come in out of the tiny harbour at Beaumaris, or walking for miles across sandy beaches at Newborough Forest, I am filled with the need to capture it.

I have collected hundreds of photographs over the years, and filled sketchbooks with colour combinations, sketches and texture studies. These are a very valuable resource for me when I begin to think about a woven design.

The structure of the weave reflects the textures that I find in this natural environment. My latest collection has a structure inspired by the impressions left behind on soft sands. For instance, the ripples that are left as the sea pulls away at low tide and the heavy indentations of tyre tracks made as boats are taken out to sea on trailors by tractors at the bay.

 

These markings can be seen all over the island of Anglesey, as can the colours that appear in this collection. Many shades make up the ‘white’ pebble beach outside the cottage and I spend a lot of time sitting on the pebbles in one position and counting how many different colours are laying all around me. When I visit the sandy beach at Newborough, I literally walk for miles with my head down, marvelling at the myriad colours of shells and fascinating rocks thrown out by volcanoes on the romantic island of Llandwynn. Then there are the colours of the sea and sky and these change dramatically every day, from green, to palest duck egg, to dark navy, to grey.

The light on the island is very special, the air is clean and the weather can be mill-pond still or stormy savage from day to day. This resource of inspiration never fails to excite me.

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