Thursday, December 11, 2008

Fairies

Below is a lake with a floating island - Llyn y Dywarchen. This is a project undertaken by the SerenTex textile group.


It was made in response to the Regional Competition 2007, themed ‘Snowdonia’. We chose to do it as one of our projects and it was developed from a photograph divided into 12 equal parts. Members took one each and were free to use any technique they wished to interpret it. The only stipulation was an agreed size and to use a piece of hand dyed wool as a common link. Patchwork, machine embroidery, hand embroidery, gold work, canvas work, dry felting using an embellisher and silk-paper making have all been used. Amazingly it came together with strength and depth and has sparked much interest when it has been exhibited. Llyn Dywarchen holds special memories for two of the group at least. As both my father and Gwyneth's used to fish here. We are both related and our family originated from this area. Llyn Dywarchen “The lake of the Turf Island”, so called because of its famous floating island referred to by Giraldus (an early historian) in 1188AD. This area has a mystical feel to it as well as some of the most wonderful scenery and views in Snowdonia. This is the land of “the Tylwyth Teg” the little people; be careful not to loiter too late and be drawn to join their merry – making, as it is told the last person to do so found himself transported to a beautiful country from which it took him 7 years to return ! My father told another story of a young local farmer who stole one of the Tylwyth Teg and wanted her to be his wife. she refused, but became his maid instead. But if he found out her name, she would marry him. He heard the other 'fairies' talking about her one evening using her name. so she married with a warning not to touch her with iron. They were very happy and had a son and daughter and she was a very good wife and loved him very much. But he accidentally touched her with a horseshoe and she disappeared. There's another addition to this story which would be far too long to tell you about here. The island was specially made by the Tylwyth Teg and her mother so she could go and talk to her husband who was on the lake shore, never to have physical contact for the rest of their lives!
The work will be presented to the local hospice and maybe it will take these stories with it.


This is the arch I have just finished for Carol Rowland, we are involved in a 12 month swap in the Textile Challenges Yahoo Group. This arch was supposed to be finished in September!

14 comments:

Sue B said...

Mags that arch is stunning! Wow!

Angelcat said...

Your arch is gorgeous!

Heather said...

Your group project sounds very interesting and will be such fun to do. Judging by the work of Serentex members that you have shown us in the past, it is bound to be a great success. I love the mystical legends you told - they are very inspiring, and your arch for Carol is absolutely beautiful - she will love it - certainly worth waiting for.

Alis said...

Love the arch Mags, I'm sure Carol will too.

Carol said...

I feel so honoured to be getting this arch. It looks fantastic in the picture. I will let you know when it arrives. Now back to read the rest of your blog.

maggi said...

The SerenTex project has come together amazingly well from such diverse techniques. It looks beautiful and the stories behind the legend sound really interesting. The arch is fantastic too

Aussie Jo said...

Your group project came together wonderfully. I hope you don't mind, I have sent this page link to my textile group, we are meeting in January to develop a program for our new fibre group, perhaps we could do a similar project.
I love the arch, can you tell us about the process to get such a gorgeous layering effect.

fiona d said...

I love the Serentex piece, you are all obviously in tune with each other, and I enjoyed the story very much. You might like Alan's telling of the story of the lady of Llyn y Fan Fach, http://is.gd/boSM

Laura said...

Hi Mags, glad you are back. The Serentex project is stunning! I love the colours and textures. What a great idea for a group. The legends are fascinating too. I would love to visit Wales one day.

Sue McGettigan said...

My goodness that is a simply AMAZING group project, I love the work itself, and the stories of the Twylyth Teg :) I've been hoping to encourage my quilting group to try a segmented wall hanging, seeing this piece inspires me to bug them again about it!

Michelle said...

The SerenTex project is just gorgeous Mags! Great to see you back in the groups. xo ~ Michelle

Micki said...

Your arch is beautiful, Mags. And I really love the group piece.

Sandy said...

What a wonderful piece. The arch is special too.

Nellie's Needles said...

Your group project is stunning! Very few pieces that I've seen done by different people turn out so well. Congratulations to all of you.

...and what a wonderful venue (hospice) for it to hang.