Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Pwerdi Powerhouse Summer Open Exhibition

                                           
                                                                          Exhibition Curator & Organiser Suzanne Hughes Owen

The Pwerdi / Powerhouse Open Summer Exhibition is now OPEN! And what a fabulous collection it is, curated by my friend Suzanne Hughes Owen and her lovely husband John who have worked tirelessly to bring together 50 artists  and over 100 pieces of work into one space. And what a beautiful space it is.

This is a piece of Suzanne's Work

That's why I am so humbled to be part of it. When Suzanne asked me if I would like to include my Circle of Friendship Bracelets in the exhibition well, I said no at first, because I felt that my work wasn't really good enough to be in an exhibition. But she smiled and put her arm around me and I thought, Oh go on then, why not.


And it gave me a tremendous lift to see my work in amongst everyone else's. 


What really draws me to artists is their story ... this painting is by Alan Bonmey who has passed away. His wife, in her 90's, has placed her husband's work in the Open Exhibition. 


Isn't that just lovely. Even though he is no longer with us, we are still celebrating him as an artist. 

Every open exhibition I have been to is filled with stories of young, up and coming artists ... and that is fantastic for them, but Alan's story moves me. 

How many Open Exhibitions in the heart of the community, pay tribute to the work of those who have died, alongside those who still live. It truly is an open exhibition. 

There is a magic at Pwerdi / Powerhouse. You can stand out on the little balcony and be part of the river.


Or have a cuppa whilst perusing your favourite pieces of art.

Here's mine ... I was completely taken with the work of Sally Rogers ..



There is just something about her work that made me keep going back to look again and again.


Aren't her figures captivating ... and this hare is just sublime ..


And off course, I was drawn to these beautifully woven baskets by Justine Burgess ...


I love how Chris Chalk has captured the light into his piece 'Want to be my friend?'



Then there is this wonderful paper mache figure by Juanita Humphries ... 



And this striking painting by Nathalie Chapman ...


I could go on and on ... but I think the best thing is for you to try and get down to the exhibition yourselves ... For sure, you'll have a lovely welcome and a inspiring time.






Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Funky little teabag holders


I love a cup of tea. A cup of tea can right the world. But it can be difficult to get good tea when I'm out and about. I carry my teabags around in my bag and can never put my hand on them. 

So imagine my delight when I saw that my friend Sharon Lewis was making teabag holders that fit neatly into the handbag or rucksack, in really funky material, and lovely buttons, too.

Sharon is now exhibiting and selling her teabag holders at Quiet Space Studio. I know I'll be buying one, for sure.

Welcome aboard Sharon.

If you would like to rent an Exhibition Box at Quiet Space, feel free to get in touch.


Resident Crafter at Quiet Space



When I was waiting for my hearing aids from the NHS, I was very poorly and couldn't go out of the house becauseof my hyperacusis, my friend Caroline Lane from Hembra Crafting visited me at home to share her passion for wool. 



Maybe it is because she, herself has a hearing impairment that she understood what I was going through, or maybe just because she is a lovely friend, either way she brought sunshine into my life. Since then she has been back and for teaching me all manner of traditional skills and generally being a wonderful support. She has totally inspired me and sparked my imagination. 




That's why I have invited her to be Resident Crafter at Quiet Space Studio. Last week Caroline came to teach me drop spinning and members of the community popped in or watched through the window as they passed by. Next month she coming to teach me hand dying with local mountain flowers. How exciting. 



Caroline now has an Exhibition Box at Quiet Space Studio filled with woolly lovliness. Her company Hembra Crafting that she runs with her friend Anne Batye, runs workshops and attends events. 


Caroline has very kindly offered to take my Circle of Friendship Bracelets to West Wales Wool on October 14th & to Llandovery Sheep Festival on September 23rd & 24th. This means that even though I am not well enough to get there myself, a little piece of my creativity is still out there in the world, and that feels very special. Thank you Caroline. 



Friendship, for sure, is a beautiful yarn to weave within the fibre of life. This week my lovely friends Susan Berry is coming with her spinning wheel to Quiet Space and teaching me to spin. I don't know if my hyperacusis will cope with the sound of the wheel, but unless I try, I'll be none the wiser. And it is my hearing aids that give me this knew found confidence to try.







Saturday, 12 August 2017

Featured Storyteller at Quiet Space Studio: Steve Killick


What a busy week at Quiet Space Studio, LLandysul filled with special guests, featured storytellers and magical people. Steve Killick is all three of these. 

We were part of the same team at the Storytelling for Health International Conference earlier this year and quickly became friends. 

I was delighted when Steve accepted my invitation to become Quiet Space featured storyteller, driving up from Cardiff to Ceredigion for a private telling of his new story, How to be a True Friend, which is over a 1000 years old, starting as a piece that was sung in verse, passed through the ages to today.

Steve gives us a sneaky peek at the story which actually lasts about half an hour. He will be telling it later this year in full at Kemis Storytelling Suppers, Cardiff and is planning to tour it next year.

Tonight I have been editing a digital story of the telling so watch this space ... I'll post it here when it's all finished.




Tuesday, 8 August 2017

I AM WATERFORD




I just want to take some time out of my own creative journey to tell you about my dear friend Sean Corcoran over in Waterford, Ireland.

He is currently working on this absolutely amazing project called I AM WATERFORD setting up a group page where people from Waterford, who are living all over the world, can come and celebrate their cultural connections by leaving messages. In a matter of days the page has gone viral with over 8 and Half thousand Waterford people leaving their I AM WATERFORD messages.

I left a message saying that although strictly speaking I am not Waterford, I kind of wished I was because  they were making it seem so wonderful.


I have said it before and I will say it again, Sean Corcoran is nothing short of a creative genius and however brilliant we think he is, he always goes on to show us that he is even more brilliant than we thought. But I know his visions are made possible behind the scenes by the support of his wonderful family, so here's a massive shout out to Miranda and the children too.

If you would like to take a look at the page click HERE

PS: I am not sure who took the photographs but whoever you are, you did a tremendous job.


Circle of Friendship at Exhibition





People have said to me for years, 'Be still & Listen.' I am only just understanding the magnitude of taking this advice. Oh what bliss to take pleasure in the slow, gentle, quiet spaces of life, putting all my love into the making of small things just for the joy of it.

So what a surprise when my dear friend Suzanne Hughes-Owen,  invited me to exhibit my Circle of Friendship Bracelets at the Pwerdi/Powerhouse Summer Arts Exhibition, LLandysul.

There are so many amazing artists taking part and I am honoured that my little bit of love is cwtched in with them.

For the Exhibition, I have made a collection of Coastal Bracelets with shells from Cei Bach/Beach at New Quay.

The wool was spun on the wheel and gifted to me by another dear friend, Susan Berry from Carmarthen.

There is quite a story behind my Circle of Friendship Bracelets. You can read it  HERE.

The Exhibition is open for a month from this weekend. Full details of times and artists are available HERE.







Friday, 4 August 2017

The Healing Power of Pooh



One of the most wonderful things in my healing practice, has been clearing physical space in my life as well as emotional and spiritual.


Some things I have given to the Hospice Shop, others to friends and some belongings I have shared with friends on facebook to re-home for a small amount of money, enabling them to have the things they would like and me to know my beloved belongings are off to good homes.

My little Pooh family have lived in a basket on top of my wardrobe for more years than I care to mention, so I decided to re-home them.

A friend contacted me. When she was a child, her family had a house fire that robbed them of all their belongings. She was so upset that she lost her Pooh family and has always thought of them, even now that she is all grown up.

When she saw my post, she felt as though her beloved Pooh & Friends had returned to her. Here is a picture of them in their new home.


How moving. It is touching indeed that my belongings have gone to such a  lovely home.

My friend gave me £12 for my Pooh family and I am donating it to the Grenfell Tower Appeal through the Big Give. It was opened to raise emergency funds for the poor families of the Grenfell Fire in London earlier this year. By donating through www.thebiggive.org.uk my donation was matched, so that it increased to £24.00.

And this is the healing power of releasing 'things'. Just from my toys, I can bring about so much love. If releasing toys can bring such joy, just imagine what power releasing emotions can bring.




Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The Discourse of Transformation




And so it begins ... today I had my first meeting with Jenni and Ali, a wonderful couple living at Gorslwyd Farm on the Coast near Aberporth, which if you haven't been, you really should, especially Mwnt, but that's another story for another time.

This was our first meeting regarding their new venture. They currently run Gorslwyd Farm as 'Holiday Homes with a Difference' and alongside this have started offering more and more spiritually connected retreats. It is this power that they are now stepping into fully.

Their new direction is based on the key aspects of transformation.We hear this word applied frequently in holistic circles and so the 3 of us really dug beneath the cultural discourse of healing, into what the authentic truth is for Jenni and Ali in terms of their definitions, as well as their living experience of transformation itself. 


Indeed, change is a pathway that they tread almost constantly together as Yin and Yang. Jenni's strong spiritual connections and Ali's groundedness, combining to compliment each other, although for me, their journey is something more than the sum of their 2 hearts ... something additional, that I can't quite put my finger on. To be with Jenni when she is expressing her belief, is almost to witness the receiving of a download from somewhere beyond this realm.


What I love about design briefings like this one is my ability to bring my extensive skills as an ethnographic poet into the business context. It enables me to holistically capture not just the words, thoughts and sentiments of the other but a poetic from the perspective of their heart.

In business, every now and again you come across another like soul and have a deep meeting of minds but today feels like a meeting of kindreds.


I am home now thinking about it and I literally have a glow about me. Do you remember the Ready Brek advert with the child who glowed with orange? (see above)  Well, that is how I feel.

Funny thing is, if I had not lost my hearing and developed tinnitus and  hyperacusis, likely I would not be able to take this work with Jenni and Ali ... I would have been busy elsewhere chasing what I thought the Universe wanted of me rather than being still and having faith that all is well. Food for thought, indeed.






Monday, 31 July 2017

Earth Angel Tinnitus : An Holistic Arts Mentoring Course for those living with Tinnitus & Hyperacusis





Living with my hearing loss is one thing, but living with severe tinnitus and hyperacusis are another. The constant noises in my head and the distortion of sounds within that range, have at times, pushed me so close to the edge that I have felt as if I were losing my sense of self.

On New Year's Eve, in a tiny temple on the hills of the West Wales countryside, I had nothing short of a spiritual awakening that turned my soul around.

I awoke New Year's Day fully committed to dedicating myself to devising a healing practice for my tinnitus and hyperacusis and what's more, that once I was well enough, I would share this practice with others and raise awareness of the condition.


And it fills my heart with love that I am now so close to finishing my first Holistic Arts Course. I have designed it specifically to Mentor others with Tinnitus based on the healing practice that has saved me and given me back my life from tinnitus & hyperacusis. 

It will be available soon on CD or as a Download. I am just finishing the design work for the packaging.

Helping others pull themselves back from the same brink that I found myself teetering on, feels so right. 

If you would like more details of my work you can pop over to my website or look me up on facebook. All love to you.





Saturday, 29 July 2017

Experimenting with Story




If you read my last blog post, you'll understand why I was inspired to start writing a story about my beautiful rag doll today. 

Here she is before she retired from storytelling in schools.



Thing is, as a storyteller, I find it easy to make the words reach out to people through spoken word. I have been doing it for years, it trips off the tongue but I can no longer go into schools since my hearing conditions. In response, I am trying to capture the thrill of storytelling in written word. But once typed, my stories lose something and I get really despondent about the piece.

A parcel came today, wrapped in lovey brown paper, so I decided to experiment with writing the story on this more interesting medium.

I am not sure why, but knelt on my slate kitchen floor, writing onto recycled brown paper captivated me, excited me. 

I need to find a way that my story books become cornfields filled with poppies rather than cages for words. If you have any suggestions or advice, I'd love to hear from you. Thanks.






Friday, 28 July 2017

Love needs no words


This is Rhianon. She is spelt wrong but that's ok. She was named by a little girl with special needs for whom this spelling was completely right and if it was right for her, it was right for Rhianon and I.

She has been touring schools with me for many years. I decided that since I am unable to go into school, she should be given a new life and carry on having fun without me. I didn't want to hold her back now that I need Quiet Space.


So, I sat her in the window and put her on my facebook page. Lo, a wonderful friend and fellow storyteller fell in love with her. A perfect re-homing.

So today, I got the bubble wrap and the scissors, the brown paper and cellotape. I gave her one last hug before wrapping her up and sending her on ... but she would not let go. She held me so tightly that I cried. She and I remembered all the wonderful times we have had together. Then she told me that actually, she didn't want to leave. She had been having a wonderful time as Quiet Space and wants to stay and write stories with me.

Off course, in reality, she said nothing, but she didn't need to because sometimes, love needs no words.

Rhianon doesn't sit in the window anymore. She sits with me, weaving wool and penning poems.




Thursday, 27 July 2017

What you seek, is seeking you



One of the most wonderful things about keeping still and quiet at my studio has been the joy of accepting the flow of whatever is to be. 

Growing up, we are taught that if we want something, we have to make it happen but I am learning this just isn't true. 

All the time we spend on making things happen (or thinking that we are) perhaps we miss the wonderful opportunities that would have presented themselves.

Take today as an example. My dear friends Jeni and Ali came to visit me. They were coming to pick up some things that they had bought from Quiet Space. Then they said they wanted to chat to me about their website.




I first met Jeni at a stained glass workshop at Cariad Glass in Llandysul and we hit it off straight away. It was a truly wonderful day and we stayed friends ever since. 

Jeni came to me for Sound Healing in my studio and the vibrations resonated very deeply with her. She decided to train as a Sound Healer herself and this has opened up her heart to stepping into her full power as a healer.

Jeni and her partner Ali have a beautiful farm, and slowly, rather than offering holiday accommodation in their cottages, they have moved towards creating healing / recovery retreats. I have been on one of their retreats myself and it was nothing short of transforming.

Since accepting fully, this wonderful pathway, they feel the desire to transition with their whole hearts, stepping fully into healing.I am so utterly happy for them. I love the Rumi poem with the premise 'What you seek, is seeking you' As if Mother nature is saying, 'Thank Goodness, I put that desire in you and at last you are stepping into it.' I truly feel that Planet Earth is smiling at their decision.


Gorswyld Farm has a a beautiful chapel, wonderful land, labyrinths, it's more like a little rural village than holiday homes ... a very special energy indeed, filled with so much love. Jeni has set up her breathtaking gong studio. You can feel the vibration of the space before you even enter the room.


And what is even more exciting for me is that Jeni and Ali have asked me to work with them to design their new website for this wonderfully holistic venture, so I will get to play a small part in their healing adventure.

If you had asked me this morning, would you like a contract making a website for beautiful people, helping them to realise their dream of offering holistic retreats, to offer wonderful healing to kindred spirits and the planet, I would have fallen off my chair. I was so moved that I just held them both closely and cried.

When my contract finished as Creative Digital Developer for the Storytelling for Health International Conference, where I designed the website for the storytelling projects, www.stories-for-change.weebly.com my friends told me to start advertising to find a new website design contract but I knew it was time to invest in Quiet Space and trusted the Universe to sort out the rest. And she has ... there is such a learning to be had from peaceful stillness.