The National Eisteddfod of Wales will soon begin in Llanrwst, North Wales on the 2nd August 2019.
I have been having fun collaborating with paper artist Chloe Augusta Needham on some new Moth lamps and we were thrilled that these were selected to be exhibited at the Y Lle Celf – the Eisteddfod’s visual arts gallery.
It’s a great place to exhibit as it attracts 40,000 visitors during the course of the week!
Below are some work in progress photos of the new lamps – Moth II and Moth III that we have been working on that you will be able to see on show.
You can find out more information at https://eisteddfod.wales/yllecelf
In the last few months I have been working on an exciting new collaboration with Chloe Needham, a paper artist also living in North Wales.
It has been really interesting working with someone who’s medium is completely different to mine and one I haven’t had any experience of before (except being slightly obsessed with cutting things up with scissors when I was at school!).
After some discussions together at Chloe’s house in Llanrwst we eventually decided on a design for a sculptural moth light. With me making the body and Chloe the delicate coloured wings, the moth would rest on a bare bulb hanging on a wall.
We were then very fortunate to be able to visit Rhyd-y-Creuau – the Field Studies Centre in North Wales (and where my partner Mark works) – where we were able to look at the moths caught the night before by Alice, and their collection of moths and butterflies. It was great to be able to see them in 3D, see how they moved and flew and look closely at the fine details.
Looking at the moth trap at Rhyd-y-Creuau
Chloe and Alice
Chloe and me
We are close to finishing the piece and hope to have it ready in time for me to show it at Wizardry in Wood in London this October (www.wizardryinwood.com)
carving the body out of ash
moth body with scale drawing
copper antennae and blackwood eyes
trying out wing designs
working out the legs
legs in copper