Maid in Wales

Posted by Lidya Endzo Kun iLLa
Welcome or “Croeso” as they say in Wales. This week I have been staying in New Quay, Wales, on holiday with my husband and son. Last time we were in Wales it did nothing but rain, and I’d been expecting the same again, but this time we were lucky enough to be here during a heat wave.

A bay near New Quay

Sunset over New Quay Harbour

The sun shows the scenery off to its best advantage and there have been some lovely sunsets, so I should get one painting at least from these. Hills and mountains always look disappointingly smaller and flatter in photographs, and ideally I would have painted them from real life, which would take hours. As I had the family with me, I’ll make do with photographs for now. I hope to get an opportunity to paint a landscape from life when the art group have a trip out to the Peak District later this year.

Whilst here, I visited Pembrokeshire Craft Makers, a group of crafts people who exhibit in different places within the county. Exhibitions are free. The one I visited was at Cardigan Guildhall and their website is at

At the front of the photo, you can see some wooden furniture made by Steve Thompson, which looks as if it was made from giant Meccano, but is actually plywood. His small bins were particularly clever, as they looked as if they had been bent round.

Deborah Elsaesser’s “Re-ply Designs” could make use of his off-cuts. She uses plywood to make contemporary looking furniture, in a style which reminded me of Finbarr Lucas (featured last week), but with angular corners.

Carole King screen prints paper and uses it to bind books with. I liked her fish design, and bought a sheet to use as wrapping paper.

A butterfly with see-through wings at the Butterfly and Rainforest Centre.

Whilst at the Cardigan Tourist Info, I noticed that someone called Lisa Hellier has started a project to create an enormous cardigan, commemorating 900 years of existence of the town of Cardigan. The “Aberteifi Cardigan” will depict the townscape, river and landscape around Cardigan. I have brought back some wool that Lisa had left for people to use and e-mailed her for details. I will knit a square or rectangle to go into the design and post it back to her afterwards. It sounds a very interesting and original project and I will let you know if I hear any news about it.
Perhaps this naturally formed honeycomb
will inspire an abstract.
All for now,


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