On the 30th and 31st August Oriel Myrddin gallery staff and textile artist Louise Bird travelled to The Big Cwtch festival in Crugybar to promote Criw Celf at this fabulous, family event!
We hope our participants got a taste of the creative activities offered by joining the Criw Celf Programme and will apply now that applications are open. Criw Celf is an Arts Council Wales funded project which gives children who are passionate about art the chance to take part in five masterclasses lead by practicing artists, as well as visit exhibitions and receive a pack of art materials.
Our stand in the walled garden area featured ‘The Big Knit @ The Big Cwtch’ and we encouraged children and adults of all ages to take part in our French knitting activities. Our enormous hazel pole knitting nancy ensured we made an impact with over 10 meters of knitting produced by the end of the festival using recycled t-shirt jersey yarn.
We also gave participants the opportunity to learn how to make their own nancy from recycled cardboard packaging and lolly sticks. Some of our champion knitters continued throughout the festival and managed to transform their knitting into a variety of things including a dog, a snake and a cat toy!
We had an amazing time at the festival, such a friendly crowd with great food, crafts and bands to keep everyone entertained throughout the day. The festival also raised plenty of money for charity ‘Ski4All Wales’ as well as other local community projects.
We hope to see you all next year!