Eisteddfod 2022 – Tregaron

What a week! I am just surfacing. Here I am supplied with plenty of tea and coffee from Ceredigion stand in china cups, no less. Thanks to my fantastic friends Marc, Nia and Supersal for helping out gyda Cymraeg. I spoke with many new friends, we laughed, shared the cold wind but overall thoroughly enjoyedContinue reading “Eisteddfod 2022 – Tregaron”

Hiraeth at Tregaron

In preparation for the Eisteddfod in Tregaron, my bunting is up outside the house and I have made a mosaic to acknowledge our nation. No dragons or red green and white though. This is my interpretation of a Welsh word that has no direct translated word. Hiraeth is the longing for home, the pull thatContinue reading “Hiraeth at Tregaron”

The Knife Angel has flown

This week the Knife Angel departed our shores to move to the next town on the long tour to raise awareness of knife crime. Even though it has left Aberystwyth, it is still ruminating in my thoughts. I first became aware of Alfie Bradley’s Knife Angel when three students and myself embarked upon an educationalContinue reading “The Knife Angel has flown”

Past Presences- a new walk is being launched

What is this walk about? We will look at the figurative sculpture around the town, consider their influences, how sculptures are made, the problem-solving needed to create commissions, why sculptures are vandalised and the contentious issue of putting sculptures on pedestals. The walk will be delivered in Aberystwyth and will last just over 1hr 40minContinue reading “Past Presences- a new walk is being launched”

Liverpool – so much more than the Beatles.

A walk around the streets of central Liverpool is a true delight for a fan of mosaics. The building boom that created the wide streets and monumental buildings from the 1880s to the early 1900’s was the window when mosaic threshold pieces were at their most fashionable. There were pattern books created so that ownersContinue reading “Liverpool – so much more than the Beatles.”

My mosaic walks have re-started

The walk on the tiles tours have started. Dates are published on @aberdabbadoo Facebook site. Next one is 1st April 4.30pm. Sign up if you are interested in attending. The meeting spot is sent by email a few days beforehand with fuller details. The tour lasts 1.5hrs with a picnic style refreshing drink stop beforeContinue reading “My mosaic walks have re-started”

The Old College Mosaic- a blot on the building – really?

I have been a bit occupied recently researching this amazing mosaic by C. F. A. Voysey. Image: Tegwen Morris A blot on a building: a mosaic by C. F. A. Voysey at Aberystwyth ‘The only blot to spoil the picture being the unfortunate mosaic!’ Professor Ainsworth, 1887 Residents of Aberystwyth, on their daily promenade alongContinue reading “The Old College Mosaic- a blot on the building – really?”

The Aberystwyth Promenade Mosaics – guerilla learning

This long ‘in conversation with makers’ is with Stuart Evans. He reveals the thoughts behind his design and how he managed to obtain funding for these wonderful designed pieces in 2006. These depict the history of Aberystywth in panels; an opportunity for the public to learn about our history – guerilla learning! They were executedContinue reading “The Aberystwyth Promenade Mosaics – guerilla learning”