Workshops for Young People at Llantarnam Grange Art Centre

Criw Celf Programme organised by Llantarnam Grange in Cwmbran (April 2022)

I have done many art & craft workshops, but It was the ever first time to me to run a workshop, in which I introduced my art practice, paper-cut art. 

The workshops of this project offer young people who are enthusiastic about art.  

At first, I had feared letting people using sharp cutting knives until I was asked to do workshops as part of Criw Celf Programme at Llantarnam Grange.

However, I didn’t have to worry about it at all.  They were all not only enthusiastic but also sensible.

Here is the summary of the workshops.

There were two different types of workshops, responsive to the pupils age groups (primary: Year 5&6, secondary: Year 7-9). 

Pupils were offered to look at & touch wild plants as well as to use references about wildlife.

The theme for both groups was ‘Wildlife Surrounding Us & Paper Art’, which is my theme for my artwork.  I wanted them to connect to the nature, which we could easily find everywhere around us.

I brought books and posters for reference as well as real wild plants from my garden.  I wanted the pupils to see directly and touch the real plants.  I prepared natural materials (no plastic), such as pruned hazel branches from my garden.

The primary groups (Yr5&6): 3D Paper Sculpture

 were given an opportunity to use various kind of paper, from recycled paper to fine Japanese washi paper, thick & thin, rough & smooth, and in various colours.  Also, I showed various techniques of using paper such as cutting (of course), ripping, twisting etc. They created a 3D sculpture by using paper and natural materials.

The secondary groups: Papercutting

 have tried cutting paper with a cutting knife.  To finish, each papercut piece was put in a mountboard frame.

All pupils were so enthusiastic and creative.  They researched on wild plants and animals and interpreted their inspiration into wonderful unique artwork.  (See the pictures of some of them)  

Two hours for each session flew by very fast.  They concentrated on creating their own artwork, even didn’t need any break, which surprised me.

I had fantastic two weekends with fantastic talented young people.  In the end I would like to thank Louise, the senior education officer, and Beckie, education assistant of Llantarnam Grange.  They supported and encouraged me from the beginning to the end.  I cannot thank them enough.  Also, I would like to thank Bob Gelsthorpe, who suggested me for Crif Celf Programme at Llantarnam Grange!

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Winter Fairs 2019

I’ll be at the fairs this Winter.  Please come along if you are around there!

New greeting cards (lasercut & printed) and new screen prints will brought in.

Ichi Artisan Winter Market

by Ichi Artisan Market (I am one of the organisers)

Saturday 23rd November

10:30am – 4:30pm

at St. Catherine’s Church Hall

169 King’s Road, Canton, Cardiff CF11 9DE (Pontcanna south end)

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Etsy Made Local Cardiff

by Cardiff & Vale Etsy

Saturday 30th November

10am – 5pm

at City Hall in Cardiff

Gorsedd Gardens Rd, Cardiff CF10 3ND

 

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by Inc-Creative/Creadigol

Saturday 7th December

11am – 5pm

at St John’s Church

18 St John’s Cres, Canton, Cardiff CF5 1NX

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Winter & Christmas Fairs 2018

I’ve been busy with preparing for fairs in which I’m taking part.  Please pop in the fairs to see me as well as to meet a lot of other makers and artists!

1. Ichi Artisan Winter Market

Saturday 17th November 10:30am-4:30pm

at St. Catherine’s Church Hall

King’s Road, Pontcanna, Cardiff CF11 9DE, Pontcanna South End

 

2.  Etsy Made Local Cardiff 

Sunday 2nd December 10am-5pm

organised by Cavetsy

at Tramshed Cardiff

Clare Road, Cardiff, CF11 6QP

 

3.  Snapped Up Market

Sunday 9th December 10am-5pm (Time Tbc)

organised by & at The Printhaus

70a Lladaff Road, Cardiff, CF11 9NL

 

4. Pontcanna Christmas Craft Fair

Sunday 16th December 9am-3pm

organisde by Pontcanna Market

at Kings Road Yard

183a Kings Road, Cardiff, CF11 9DF

 

My Etsy Shop is now OPEN!

My Etsy shop has been re-open from tonight.  I’ve been re-organising my online shop to put more varieties of my art pieces and related products.

What new to the shop are the recent laser-cut greeting cards, in addition to the screen prints.  Currently my shop has the autumnal atmosphere.

More items to be added in a couple of weeks for Christmas season.

Please visit:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/mTreeLeaf

 

Ichi Artisan Winter Market 2018

The second Ichi Artisan Winter Market will be held on Saturday 17th November 2018, which I have been organised with my talented artist friend, Yuki.  It will be a more exciting craft fair with more excellent artisan craft makers and artists.  Besides, we have contacted Pontcanna Market , near by our venue, St. Catherine’s Church Hall, and they and we have been supporting each other.  Please come along to visit us as well as Pontcanna Market on the day.

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Ichi Artisan Market was founded to become one of the best places to introduce the work of local artists and craft makers in Wales.  After the very successful debut last year, we will hold our second winter market with more stalls and more varieties!

Ichi Artisan Winter Market 2018

Saturday 17th November 2018

10:30am – 4:30pm

St. Catherine’s Church Hall,

Pontcanna, Cardiff

Free admission.

We update on our Facebook Page and Instagram.  Please follow us to catch up!

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Penarth Open Studio Trail 2018

I will take part in the forthcoming ‘Penarth Open Studio Trail’ on Saturday 23rd June 2018, between 10am and 4pm at Ffoto Gallery (Turner House Gallery) in Penarth  (See the map below to find the venue).

Local artists and craft makers in Penarth will have open studios between 22nd and 24th June.  Please be aware that it will NOT be in my studio as my house is not close enough to the town centre.  Therefore, I was given a very kind opportunity to do in a hall at Turner House in the town centre together with other artists, who are also unable to invite audiences to their studios.

I will have a stall to display my work and demonstrate how I create my papercut work.  I never have done demonstration outside my studio before.  It might be quite interesting!

Turner House Gallery: Plymouth Road, Penarth, CF64 3DH

 

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Solo Exhibition is over, a Great Thank you!

‘Nature’s Precious Project: A Story of the Green Kingdom’ has finished with a great success today after 4 weeks.

A huge thank you everyone!  During the exhibition for 4 weeks, a lot of people came to visit.

I’d like to send a special thank you to my great artist friend, Junko, who suggested the idea of this exhibition and helped me physically and mentally from the beginning to the end.  I’d also like to express my gratitude to Mrs&Mr Sudou of Pain Au Sourire and all members of staff!

Junko organised a collage workshop, themed the nature by using small items from Wales to make lovely collage frames.  I joined the workshop with other participants, which was a great fun.

「Nature’s Precious Project: 緑の国の物語」
5月1日より東京・渋谷のパン・オ・スリール さんで開催してきた個展が終了しました。
実にたくさんの方々に訪れて頂き、本当にありがとうございました。
来て頂いた方々、作品類をご購入頂いた方々のみならず、この個展を支援してくださったみなさんに、心からお礼を申し上げます。
それから、この個展を提案、企画して、準備から展示それに運営と、最初から最後まで手伝ってくれたコラージュ作家Junkoさん、この個展の企画を快諾し、やはり企画段階から最後まで支援してくださった、パン・オ・スリールのMichikoさんには感謝し尽くせません。そしてパン・オ・スリールのご主人、スタッフのみなさんにも、感謝の意を表します。

 

Solo Exhibition in May 2018

Solo Exhibition in May 1st-26th 2018, Tokyo: ‘Nature’s Precious Project’

My solo exhibition will be held in Shibuya, Tokyo, from 1st until 26th May 2018.  The exhibition title is ‘Nature’s Precious Project’.  Screen prints, laser-cut as well as original paper-cut artwork will be shown.

Nature’s Precious Project: Mari Wirth Solo Exhibition

from 1st to 26th May 2018 (8am-8pm, between Tuesday-Saturday)

at Pain au Sourire Gallery Space (Ground Floor, New-Aoyama Building, 1-4-6 Shibuya, Sibuya-Ku, Tokyo, #150-0002)

来たる5月1日より26日まで、東京渋谷のパン・オ・スリールさんのギャラリースペースにて、個展 Nature’s Precious Project(緑の国の物語)を開催する機会を頂きました。活動拠点の英国ウェールズより、作品を運んで展示いたします。皆さまにご高覧いただけると幸いです。