Alongside our current exhibition Bragu Blodeuwedd at Oriel Blodau Bach, artist Jacob Whittaker has given us his recipe for making flower wine.
½ cup of strong cold black tea
All purpose wine yeast
1tsp yeast nutrient
Pick all the flowers off the stalks as much as possible, the green parts are generally bitter or unpleasant tasting!
Put them in a clean, sterilised fermenting bucket with the sugar and the juice of a lemon.
Add cold water, 6 pints for a gallon, yeast and nutrient, stir well until all the sugar has dissolved. Cover loosely with a lid or towel and leave in a warm place.
Stir daily for 4 or 5 days, it should be fermenting vigorously by day 3.
On day 4 or 5 strain into a demijohn (top up with water or white grape juice if needed), fit an airlock and leave to ferment, it usually takes about 4-6 weeks.
Syphon wine off the sediment into another demijohn and move to a cooler place to clear.
All flower wines are drinkable very soon after making, although they will keep for years they don’t generally improve much after a month.
A word of caution:
Always ensure you have identified your flowers correctly, never make wine from anything you are uncertain of. Broom is a toxic plant and the flowers should be used with caution.
15 May // Mai – 3 July // Gorffennaf 2017
Symbiosis : Lichens, small but critical
Symbiosis – A relationship between two types of animal or plant in which each provides for the other the conditions necessary for its continued existence.
Symbiosis in lichens is the mutually helpful symbiotic relationship of algae living among filaments of a fungus. Lichen is a combination of fungus and algae and as an entity has a very different form than the parts growing by themselves.
By cohabiting with the fungus, the algae can live in many different environments and extend its range significantly. The symbiotic nature and pattern of lichen illustrating these relationships serving as a metaphor for how we should live our lives by working together.
“This painting depicts Cladonia cristatella, commonly known as the British soldiers lichen, is a fruticose lichen belonging to the family Cladoniaceae. It’s a favourite of mine and served as the inspiration for my current body of work.”
These pieces are the beginning of a larger body of work currently being created by Julie Ann Sheridan in The Last Gallery Studio, Llangadog.
Julie Ann Sheridan
3 April // Ebrill – 12 May // Mai 2017
The Elephant in the Room
Oriel Blodau Bach are delighted to host a new piece of work by artist /activist project, Lonely Signpost.
“The elephant silhouette and its counterpart – the cut out shape which has been placed 30 metres north of the gallery on an empty signpost on the A485 – explores the notion that empty signposts ARE the ‘elephant in the room’, they are there in full plain sight, but ignored….no-one wants to talk about them….they are there, but not there…”
Lonely Signpost is an Art Intervention project devised to draw attention to empty and abandoned signposts in the UK.
The Sun Will Rise Again
20 February // Chwefror – 31 March // Mawrth 2017
“When I was invited to make piece for the old New Inn village noticboard I realised I could have fun with some offcuts of reflective signboard plastic from the County Council road sign dept; something cheerful to catch the light as we pass from winter to spring. I had a limited range of colours so the subject suggested itself.
Taking inspiration from Emil Nolde’s north German coastline work made during his Nazi imposed exile, when he had to use the only paint available to him: children’s poster colours; he created richly coloured streaky paintings of the sunsets and sunrises. I was also inspired by Klimt’s pupil Hundertwasser’s jewel-like images, and the striped watercolours made by Paul Klee. I used map pins to honour the tradition of noticeboards and the ephemeral nature of the information; the collage technique refers to the school that once existed in New Inn.
The title comes from Barack Obama’s last address as President of the USA before handing over to Donald Trump.
I’ve lived in Llanfihangel ar arth for over 30 years, having trained in fine art painting, initially in London in the 70s and then in Carmarthen School of Art in Job’s Well more recently.
Thankyou to Kathryn Campbell Dodd and Kirsten Hinks Knight for the opportunity.”
9 January // Ionawr – 17 February // Chwefror 2017
Hywel Edwards recently graduated with an MA from Trinity St Davids in Carmarthen where he is based.
Talking about the opportunity to exhibit at the gallery Hywel says:
“I was mindful that it was January and I felt that we need a different response after the dismal year just gone; a new optimism as people make their new year resolutions.
As source material I relied on an old book of proverbs and selected ‘Eang yw’r byd i bawb’, primarily as in the Welsh version it is egalitarian in tone. With that egalitarian tone comes individual hope. Last year held numerous negative headlines and I hope this, in its way, counters them. I settled on the proverb immediately knowing it would be seen by walkers, cyclists and passing passengers when there’s a desire for change in the air.
Issues like migration and boundaries were dealt with many times last year. Hopefully this year will be far more peaceful, though the year is still in its infancy.
Recently I’ve been re-investigating lettering after studying Graphic Design and being interested in Art for many years.
Artists I’m influenced by; Ed Ruscha, Barbara Kruger, Mari Lloyd Jones and Iwan Bala.”
Hywel recently exhibited in an online exhibition, 404error.gallery, curated by Matthew Britton and Brett O’Connor.
21 November // Tachwedd 2016 – 6 January // Ionawr 2017
Fluoroptimism` is a site and light specific mixed textile piece .
“The ambient light that illuminates the side of Blossom Cottage and shines into The Oriel Blodau Bach Gallery can change greatly throughout an ordinary winters day. I wanted to use that light as one of the materials in a piece made especially for that wall at this time of year.
The fluorescent chemical dye colours used in the assorted textiles in `Fluoroptimism`, absorb light and then reflect it out in a longer wavelength. The spectrum of colour that we see in these reflections depends on the time of day, becoming most luminous at dawn or in the twilight, when light wave lengths are longest. Something to light up a dull evening.
`Day glo` colours were also omnipresent in the mid 1990`s `Free Party` culture which was active in the local Welsh countryside. I feel that what we need now, as in those days of social turmoil and political uncertainty is a bit of optimism, and to allow ourselves time to frivolously enjoy our lives. I hope that on a grey day cars that drive past Oriel Blodau Bach Gallery will catch a flash of glowing optimistic colour.”
3 October // Hydref – 18 November // Tachwedd 2016
Shelf // Silff
For her second exhibition at Oriel Blodau Bach, Kathryn Campbell Dodd is making an ongoing artwork that will change and develop over a six week period.
Currently working on a research and development project with Carmarthenshire County Museum in Abergwili, Kathryn has selected items from the museum collection that were originally sourced from the Pencader area of Carmarthenshire.
Using museum documentation, images and found material she will present her responses to the objects and the museum records and processes.
Shelf // Silff is funded by the Arts Council of Wales