Art Culture Design

Garden wins Heritage lottery fund support


Great news – the National Botanic Garden of Wales has secured lottery funding to commence the biggest project in the Garden’s history – a plan to restore its historic Regency landscape and uncover the origins of Middleton Hall.

We were delighted to be asked to design a display for the Gatehouse to announce this exciting era.

The designs outline the project and showcase a series of 18th century paintings by Horner which illustrate Middleton hall and its Regency landscape in its heyday. Micrographics worked with us to produce flexible and beautiful dilite panels which fit elegantly around the curved entrance, and helped us to succesfully complete this important project within a very tight deadline.

The Garden’s website announced this week:
‘The scheme includes major archaeological work which will reveal the secrets of the estate from the time of Shakespeare and before, and see the restoration of the later Regency landscape that was one of the finest water parks in Britain. When completed, the Garden will once more feature the necklace of seven lakes, cascades, falls and weirs created more than 200 years ago and again boast the Regency planting scheme that formed the heart of its parkland.’

Wonderful to have such a major development announced in this part of Wales, and in one of our favourite places!


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Opening of Mynydd Du trail

Interpretation panel for Mynydd Du
Interpretation panel for Mynydd Du

Enjoyed the launch yesterday of the Black Mountain Quarries trail in Brynaman, and on Mynydd Du itself. We’ve been working for several months with Dyfed Archaeological Trust and their partners Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, Amgueddfa Cymru / National Museums Wales and The Black Mountain Centre on producing interpretation panels and leaflets for this project. Illustrator Brett Breckon produced beautiful maps and interpretive drawings for the panels, which help bring the vibrant but little documented social and industrial history of the mountain to life.

Roy Noble has voiced the audio trail and gave a fun and interesting speech – he comes from Brynaman and told tales of the whole community crossing the mountain and back by foot for the annual Easter picnic at Carreg Cennen…

The Minister for Natural Resources, Culture and Sport, John Griffiths, cut the ribbon, and the trail was open! It’s great to have an extra reason to send visitors up to the Mountain to explore its fascinating heritage and enjoy the views. Living and working in the shadow of Mynydd Du, with our sheep grazing its slopes, its been wonderful to have the opportunity to contribute to promoting this fascinating, beautiful and relatively unknown area.

The ribbon is cut!
The ribbon is cut!
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Hay Festival




Went to Hay Festival to check out our posters and flyers for Powys County Council’s ‘My Way’ campaign.

Went to see Henry ‘The Fonz’ Winkler with Llew, who loves his new show and book, and was chuffed to bits to meet him.

Great music too from ‘The Valleyers’ to brighten up a rainy day in Hay!


Spanish design


Simple but lovely – stencil design on terracotta at Hotel Puerto Romano in Marbella.

Thanks to my sister Marianne and family for a perfect spring break. Catching up, eating, drinking, swimming – recharging our batteries with solar energy…

Art Culture

Oriel Cadog: pop-up gallery in Llangadog

Ysgol Gynradd Llangodog curated a pop-up gallery yesterday evening. The school has been studying art intensely lately – a trip was made to the The New Art Gallery Walsall, near Birmingham, and local artist Julie Ann Sheridan of The Last Gallery was involved.
It was wonderful to see the results – classrooms were full of paintings, sculptures, video installations and music, and the children made sure the reception was welcoming. Great to see the school spending time and energy studying art. Talking to teachers, it seemed that everyone had got a lot out of the project – not only learning and creating art, but also taking time to look and think about things – being involved in observation and discussion. And that surely is what art is about!

Oriel Cadog - paintings inspired by Picasso
Oriel Cadog – paintings inspired by Picasso
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Mairwen guest speaker at World Book Day Lecture 2014

Darllen Mwy Nag Erioed / Reading More Than Ever.

Mairwen Jones is the guest speaker at this year’s World Book Day Lecture on Wednesday, 5 March, at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay.

She will take as her starting point research published by Beaufort in 2013 into the reading and book-buying habits of Welsh speakers, which demonstrated that readers in Wales are currently reading more frequently than was the case in previous years.

“With recent research showing that the people of Wales are reading more than ever, it seems both appropriate and necessary to ask what, exactly, people are reading – and why? And what will they want to read in the future, if reading still forms part of their leisure pursuits?”

World Book Day 2014 will be held on Thursday 6 March. Find out more at or Facebook Diwrnod y Llyfr / World Book Day and Twitter DYLLcymWBDwales #dathludarllen/#lovetoread


Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant Hapus!

Happy St David's Day!
Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant Hapus! Llew, Caerfyrddin
Happy St David’s Day from Llew in Carmarthen!

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Give bees a chance

Looking forward to Spring! We’ve just finished work on a series of large panels for a pollination campaign Gwenu ar y gwenyn / Give bees a chance at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Illustrator Ifan Bates produced beautiful sunny illustrations – we’re all dreaming of long lazy days now … Rebecca


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Sneak preview: Dan Y Wenallt (Under Milk Wood)

Just gone to print at Gwasg Gomer – Dan Y Wenallt, a new adaptation (the fourth) of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood by T. James Jones. It was good to work again with editor Luned Whelan, and all the stops were pulled out to make a classic new edition of this wonderful book. As well as a great new foreword by Walford Davies, the book also contains a unique collection of photos of Laugharne which I discovered in the National Library of Wales’ digital archives. Taken by Geoff Charles in the 1950’s, not long after Dylan Thomas had died, they evoke for me a dream-like feeling – as if the town itself is somewhere between sleep and waking. See what you think when the book is published on St David’s Day. Rebecca