Take a Clementina Van Der Walt handled bowl, personalise with some very early spring flowers out of your garden or hedgerow e.g. a primula, celandine or fritillary (snake’s head). Ribbon and label.
The first day of March every year commemorates the death and celebrates the life of Patron Saint of Wales, St David.
An early leader and preacher of Christianity, It is safe to say that St David’s life has with time, slipped into mythology, treading the boundary between the factual and the apocryphal. What we are left with are stories and fragments, some realistic and some supernatural of the remarkable life of a remarkable man, and fitting Patron Saint.
From founding a monastic community, Glyn Rhosyn (Rose Vale), where St David’s Cathedral now stands today, to raising the earth into a hill as he preached so that the all in the crowd that formed could hear (something Wales clearly needs more of..) and bringing a youth back from the dead, St David was an incredibly influential member of the Church rising up to become Archbishop of Wales.
He existed on a humble diet of bread and herbs and water (it is reported that he drunk no other drink) and this treated him well because the stories state that he lived until the ripe age of 100. Upon his deathbed his last words were; ‘Be joyful, and keep your faith and your creed. Do the little things that you have seen me do and heard about. I will walk the path that our fathers have trod before us.’
So lets celebrate this unique and fascinating figure in the history of Wales and remember to ‘Gwnewch y pethau bychain’, ‘Do ye the little things in life’.
Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant Hapus (Happy St David’s Day) from The Art Shop.
We have set up a Print Room as part of our current exhibition ‘An Anthology of Work by Painters & Printmakers’. Many artists, particularly painters are also printmakers. There often seems to be a natural progression. The work in this show is primarily by painters who have regularly exhibited at The Art Shop. They often produce innovative and exciting printmaking too.
Framed and unframed limited edition Lino, wood block, wood engraving, collograph & silkscreen prints are available. You can select an unframed edition and use our framing service, with a wide range of mouldings, mounts and prices.
The late William Brown – the painter of the iconic bear, whose paintings and drawings we have been fortunate to exhibit. Here is the work of an extraordinary, playful, powerful and inventive printmaker, working in lino block, wood block and silkscreen. He originally started printmaking for his friends (poets and writers). These blocks and silk screens are now with his printmaker, Pete Williams, in Cardiff who is producing runs of William’s work in small editions. Although not signed by the artist they are authenticated with a seal. These prints are very collectable and hang so well with his paintings.
Exhibitions are open to public viewing every Tuesday – Saturday, 9.15 – 17.00
Dydd Santes Dwynwen Hapus!
Each year on the 25th January Wales celebrates St Dwynwen’s Day, a day that holds a tragic love story that should be rejoiced for the selfless act of one young woman called Dwynwen.
Dwynwen is the Welsh Patron Saint of Lovers, who had the misfortune of having her heart broken. Betrothed to someone other than her lover, Maelon, her father refused to consent her marriage to him. Maelon directed his anger towards his sweet love, causing her much distress and further heartbreak. Dwynwen wanted nothing more than to forget her love, so whilst she slept an Angel came down and gave her a potion in which would erase her memories of Maelon and turn him to ice.
Despite herself, when she woke up she was horrified to see him as an ice sculpture and begged something be done. The angel granted her three wishes; the first was that Maelon be thawed and for him to forget her; her second, to have God look kindly on the hopes and dreams of true lovers whilst mending the broken hearts of the spurned; and the third was for her to never marry, but to devote the remainder of her life to God, as thanks for saving Maelon.
Dwynwen founded a church there, remains of which can still be seen today. After her death she was declared the Welsh Patron Saint of Lovers and ever since, Welsh lovers have looked to St Dwynwen for her help in courting their true love, or for forgetting a false one.
We are closed over the Christmas holiday for our annual break and will re-open on…
Tuesday 6th January 2015
We would like to wish all our customers a Joyful Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
In 2015 we will be expanding into a nearby Victorian chapel only 2 minutes walk away form The Art Shop. More room for ceramics, jewellery, textiles and books. There will be a kitchen and larder and small wild garden. Upstairs, events and workshops with musicians, writers, poets, artists and performers. The Art Shop will continue to sell fine artists’ materials and upstairs hold regular exhibitions in a domestic interior.
So much to look forward to, we will keep you in touch….
We are so excited to have a selection of beautiful pieces from the very talented Rachel Larkins.
Her work spans an eclectic range of toys and automata to charcoal drawings and has delighted clients including the Hove Museum & Art gallery, musician PJ Harvey, foot wear design compay Jeffery West of London and Tait and Style of Orkney.
‘I began making collectors toys about fifteen years ago, from a studio at Artsway (in the New Forest) shortly after graduating in Textile Art from Winchester. I exhibit regularly and my work is held by private collections in this country and abroad. Alongside working at The Arts University at Bournemouth, I make automata to public and private commission. I am currently studying for a Masters in Sequential Design at the University of Brighton.’
We are so thrilled to have work by new maker, Tanja Malo.
Tanja studied jewellery in Japan, was brought up in rural Sweden with roots in Finnish Lapland. She uses found kimono prints, hemp, nettle and raw silk from Nepalese and Laotian mountain farms, handmade silver from Sweden, both old and new Liberty of London fabric… exquisite!
‘I started collecting fabrics when I first moved to Japan in the late 90’s, and continued during many journeys throughout the Far East in the ten years that followed. The gathering and learning about materials from the people who produced and worked with them everyday led to ideas of how to use the smallest piece of fabric, threads on factory floors, and make it into something beautiful and valuable. In the process, my form of jewellery making was found: preserving what might have otherwise been lost.
These pieces are made out of these found kimono prints, odd pieces from small antique stores in border towns, hemp, nettle and raw silk from Nepalese and Laotian mountain farms, handmade silver from Sweden, both old and new Liberty of London fabric.
Click here to see more from The Winter Show.
A true highlight of this year’s Winter Show – Philippa Robbins “An Audience of Puppets” which inspired a series of wall based works on paper with an immediate question:
Who exactly is the audience? Is it the viewer or is it the puppets?
The puppets themselves, whether watching, or being watched, or both, are based on family and friends and made of gummed paper, taped tissue and dental casts and are then carefully clothed. Philippa is even making one of Pauline.
The subtle and all too seldom art of puppetry stirs emotions and excites curiosity. The puppets are showy, tender, humorous, intriguing, sometimes venomous and a beautiful reflection of humanity.
‘These puppets are the starting point for a forthcoming exhibition here in 2016. They are often based on real people, living and dead, but in the course of their transition from a silver foil closed armature to finished hand puppets they seem to create their own identities.’
If you interested in commissioning a puppet, Philippa will be making further puppets to add to the audience for the 2016 exhibition.
Santa’s solution to the perfect stocking filler for lovers of design, this beautiful hand-stitched paper vase cover will fit any empty bottle. It is adjusted in size by rolling up the paper and the triangular structure allows it to mould around the bottle. The paper vase comes flat packed in a matching envelope. The whole package is the perfect gift for the discerning lover of good design.
Made by a small Netherlands based company this unique design was Winner of the Interior Innovation Award 2013, considered one of the most renowned design awards worldwide.
The vases are made in Mumbai, India, as part of a charity set up to help a specific community living on the streets. The ambition is to lift this small community out of poverty to become self-supporting.
Click here to buy online.