Tag Archives: the Industrial Revolution

Sawing And Scribbling

7 Dec


Husb and I spent a few hours up a hill cutting down trees with some of our young relatives. The area is quite heavily forested, having been reclaimed from heavy industry during the 1970s after a couple of centuries of pollution. This area was the crucible of the Industrial Revolution and was badly scarred until Swansea University started the Lower Swansea Valley reclamation project.


At first, only conifers would grow there, but now most of Kilvey Hill is mixed forest. A couple of areas had become overgrown with thickets of conifers and volunteers were needed to clear them. They’re Xmas trees so we were able to choose one for free in return for our labour. Result! I managed a few action scribbles in between the sawing and showers of hail, using graphite into my A5 Tate Gallery sketchbook.

The Dancer In The Hairy Slippers

15 Dec

The dancer

Here’s a piece I finished earlier this month for the exhibition I’m currently in at The Brunswick in Swansea. It’s a combination of a solvent transfer print overlaid with a drawing that started life in one of my sketchbooks. I went to an avant garde theatrical piece by Marega Palser, who also does performance drawing, and sketched this when she sat out for a while as other dancers performed. She wore strange, oversized hairy slippers. The image in the background is a piece of graffiti on a very old factory building, part of Swansea’s Industrial Revolution past. The exhibition runs until next March.

Berries And Ruins

13 Aug

14 ruinSwansea Print Workshop has a major exhibition coming up for its members, based on the theme of the industrial valley. Swansea and South Wales were in the forefront of the Industrial Revolution and the area is full of historical ruins. I went out sketching to the Lower Swansea Valley a couple of days ago; the weather was fantastic and Husb came with me, supposedly to sketch, but he spent a couple of hours foraging for blackberries and hazelnuts. He’s made a load of blackberry cordial for the winter months. It’s comforting to have a glass of hot blackberry cordial when it’s cold and pouring with rain on a dark wintry night, to be reminded of the summer.

Anyway, I don’t particularly like drawing landscapes and buildings but one of the ruins had been taken over by graffitti artists which I found really interesting, so that’s what I focussed on. I used Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens with a medium ink wash into my clothbound A5 sketchbook that I’d prepared with some random torn parcel paper, stuck in with Pritt. I also used a smidgeon of white conte crayon.

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