There are some places that I wish were nearer. Ruthin Craft Centre is one of those. The centre has bold large advertisements for its exhibitions further to entice me. It has excellent publications based on exhibitions, and those have provided some consolation. Once we set off to see a show of contemporary baskets - brilliant - but the trip was otherwise a disaster as a large white van smashed into our car. This, with the distance, and the awkward journey has meant that longing is as far as it goes.
Ruthin is in Denbighshire, Wales, and now I have been given another reason to think about that part of Britain. Once more an article in Craft Arts International has introduced a subject of interest: in this case Rebecca Gouldson and her etched metal work. (image below from here)
I was immediately attracted to so many aspects of this work - and one in particular again had me longing to make a journey to North Wales, to Denbigh. As someone who enjoys seeing attractive street furniture, utility covers with interesting designs are a definite draw. And here there are seven commissioned from Rebecca Gouldson.
The image above is from Rebecca Gouldson's blog, and here many others can be seen.
There is also an interesting site here which has more photos of her work at an exhibition at Edinburgh Printmakers, as well as a little film and a podcast interview. Here is another link to the Industrial Shift exhibition at Edinburgh Printmakers.
But perhaps I should stick with just looking and learning from afar, from my workroom - so that like now, I can click off and get back to work!