Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Research Point - National Slate Museum

I must admit I wasn't particularly looking forward to this visit, but it turned out to be a great day!

We wandered around for the best part of 3 hours, it was a fascinating place.

The colours of the slate were amazing.

There were inspiring images everywhere.

Industrial Inspirations  - there was an exhibition in one of the buildings. Students from the local Coleg Menai had worked with 5 local artists and taken inspiration from this museum and another one at Blaneau Ffestiniog. 

This was my favourite piece.  A portrait of a miner using lots of pieces of fabric and old knitwear, with a lot of machine embroidery over the top.  It was slightly padded.  I thought it captured the colours and feelings of the place really well.  It was approximately 35 x 50 cm.  It is a twist on the use of old clothing to make patchwork blankets.

This piece by Lydia London I also really liked.  These were only small, about 20cm, painted onto cardboard, but the colours and feelings evoked by them really summed up the whole place.

Here again, I thought that the colours and the atmosphere of the whole place had been beautifully captured.  This is by Elin Meredydd.

A beautiful felted piece by Mirain Grifiths.

I thought all of the work was of a very high standard, well thought out and produced and all the pieces had captured the essence of the slate industry really well.

Photographs of this exhibition can be seen on their Facebook page 

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