Another artwork involving a celebration of wool and traditional skills.

This was a collaboration between artists’ collectives Ointment and Boreal Art/Nature based in the woodland and uplands of the Preseli hills in Pembrokeshire. The work produced by Peter Bodenham, an old friend of mine, came together in the form of an installation consisting of drawings and artefacts crafted by the artist, inspired by a sense of place, belonging, learning and language.

Crwydro Installation - wooden spoons

Marcheurs des Bois 2005

The reason for its inclusion on this site, apart from the fact that I’ve known Peter for years is that in the winter the artists came together again in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec. Peter constructed a garment out of a Carthen (welsh blanket) and mittens out of Hudson Bay blanket material. Both blanket designs are apparently social signifiers to their respective cultures and so gather history and worlds around them. In simple terms placing the material in the landscape to be witnessed, glimpsed at, to form a surreal lump in the mind. Myself I think it looks like a Welsh verion of the “the Wicker Man” (that film from the 60s) “the Carthen man”. I wouldn’t like to meet him on a dark night in the hills.

 Figure wearing hooded garment made from a blanket, on a frozen lake
Funded by Wales Arts International