Oriel Davies and Newtown Textile Museum
Montgomeryshire Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers
Introduction to Blanket Coverage by Laura Thomas followed by a choice of short workshops. Mini looms and warp windings, and fulling activities will be led by members of Montgomeryshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.
Laura Thomas is a woven textile artist, designer, maker, specialising in making striking and unconventional textiles for contemporary spaces. As well as making work for private buyers, she also undertakes large scale public art commissions collaborating with glass makers and metalsmiths amongst others. Her work can be found in the V&A Collection, The Crafts Study Centre, The Powerhouse Museum (Australia) and the National Wool Museum collection. She is also a passionate educator and curator, committed to raising the profile of woven textile practice. Laura has taught in the Carmarthen School of Art since 2004, and been a visiting tutor at many other universities and colleges, as well as leading workshops for special interest groups, guilds and schools.
An "in conversation" between Helen Rees Leahy, weaver and Professor of Museology, University of Manchester, Steve Attwood Wright, Laura Thomas and Llio James
Throughout the day there will be demonstrations by the Montgomeryshire Weavers Spinners and Dyers.
We don’t have a cafe onsite.
We have Cambrian Coffee van outside on the patio.
The nearest places are:
Cultivate (open Friday and Saturday)
Costa Coffee (open Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Greggs (open Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Evans (open Friday and Saturday until 2pm)
Parkers (open Friday and Saturday until 3.30pm)
Market Hall (open Friday and Saturday)
Cafe Glitz (open Friday and Saturday until 3pm)
Local accommodation can be found at booking.com and airbnb.com and other websites. We are within easy reach of surrounding areas of Dolfor, Caersws, Bettws Cedewain, Abermule, Montgomery, Welshpool, Llanfair Caereinion
Oriel Davies is all on one level and is fully wheelchair accessible including an accessible toilet. We welcome conversations with visitors in advance of their visit to ensure your access needs are addressed.
The Textile Museum is housed in a converted 19th century woollen factory on four floors and has no lift. This means that access to the building for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility is restricted. There is level entry to the museum from the rear of the building which enables three of the museum’s rooms to be accessed. There is an audio-visual display in one of these rooms covering various aspects of the museum’s areas of interest in Welsh and English.
The upper floors of the Museum are accessible up a broad modern staircase and there are chairs available at every level.
The museum’s toilet at ground level is wheelchair accessible.
Steve Attwood Wright’s studio is at ground level, however since this is also his home, it is best to assume very limited access for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility. There is no accessible toilet. The walk will take place on the hillside above his home and is not accessible to wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.