I did this sketch a couple of weeks ago in Rosehill Quarry, a place very dear to me. Swansea musician and composer Angharad Jenkins, “Sienco”, who lives near the Quarry worked with the local community to write a new folk song based on the history of the place, which is fascinating. The stone from Rosehill Quarry, perched on the hill, was used to build Swansea Town and her song traces it’s journey from those early days, through highs and lows to its present use as a beautiful urban nature reserve and park for local people. It’s a hidden gem and a lovely place to be.
By the 1980s, the Quarry was completely overgrown and neglected but local people got together with Swansea Council to get funding from a UK-wide government job creation programme which gave temporary work to unemployed people – I was one of them – it was a period of very high unemployment here. I started work with the team renovating the Quarry and there I met the man who was to become Husb. Oh yes. How romantic is that? He was unemployed too so we were brought together by Rosehill Quarry – and Thatcherism. Here I am drawing the labyrinth in Rosehill Quarry a few years ago.
A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks
I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.
To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.
20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.