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.Continue reading