Courtyard Project Space A
Show & Tell Exhibition – Gethin Ceidiog Hughes
Textile designer Gethin Ceidiog Hughes, 27, from Denbigh, in North Wales recently embarked on a residency at Ruthin Craft Centre which was made possible by a Production grant from the Arts Council of Wales.
Gethin studied Product Design at Cardiff School of Art and Design before going on to complete an MA in Art and Design. Upon leaving university, he won a prestigious placement as part of the Proof Scholarship scheme at the Regional Print Centre, which is part of Coleg Cambria in Wrexham. While there, he spent a summer experimenting with various techniques alongside prominent artists and printmakers and it was this work which won him Wales’ most coveted printmaking accolade – the Eirian Llwyd Memorial Award honouring Welsh artists who have shown outstanding dedication and creative talent in their field of printmaking.
Gethin has previously worked with silk to create his textile designs, but has branched out to a new textile area whilst in residency at the centre. He has created a range of Japanese denim scarves using indigo dye and techniques mastered by traditional weavers – and uses Halen Môn (Anglesey Sea Salt) as a finishing agent. The new textile range is the result of six months of painstaking research and experimentation.
“Japan is known for making the best silk and denim in the world. Nothing else can compete with the quality. It has taken a lot of experimentation and research to create something that is authentic and I’m really excited with the results. Essentially, denim is cotton and I believe the denim scarves are unique because nobody else is doing what I do, traditionally woven on shuttle looms. Denim is timeless and never goes out of fashion. Everyone wears it at some point, it’s probably the one item everyone has something of unlike other trends which come and go.”
This Courtyard exhibition presents Gethin’s creative journey through his recent residency.
A selection of his scarves are available to purchase from a Retail Focus in the Gallery Shop.
For more information about Gethin’s work go to www.wilding.store