Back in the studio

I collected all the work from the hospital this week. lovely to have them here to finish the sample book.

i also delivered the framed plant sample board, which will be up on the wall there soon.


Art Nature & Wellbeing Exhibition

So now I can share my time, views and experiences that i’ve had working on the lovely Our Orchard – Ein Berllan project over the last 6 months. The work is up at the Hearth Gallery in the hospital until the 15th November. I’ll be on site Tuesdays 7th & 14th 12.30 – 4pm. Come and make a postcard and chat.

The Oak Tree
Print workshop with hospital users
Tree Wards
Information board
Printed books and boxes from workshop
Ink making ingredients
Botanical contact prints from Our Orchard plants

‘Our new exhibition, Art, Nature and Wellbeing with Textile artist, Printmaker and Natural Ink and Dye-Maker, Catherine Lewis, opens in the Hearth Gallery today.

Catherine was commissioned to explore a beautiful area of semi- rural pastureland and natural woodland on the University Hospital Llandough estate which will become the site of Ein Berllan : Our Orchard, alongside a series of innovative art workshops with patients, staff and visitors at UHL. The result is a wonderful exhibition which aims to raise awareness of our unique orchard project, and explores the relationship between our environment and sustainable art practice.

Come along to the gallery to meet Catherine and discuss her art processes and practice :

12:30pm – 4pm on Tuesday 7th November and again on Tuesday 14th November.’

For more information on Ein Berllan : Our Orchard at University Hospital Llandough, please visit : my Orchard blog  or

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The wonder of nature recorded

An article here about Henry Thoreau who inspires me.

On the bicentenary of his birth, Thoreau the nature journal writer is in the limelight. “This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal,” an exhibit that began at the Morgan Library, in New York, is now at the Concord Museum through early 2018. Eight of a projected 17 volumes of the journal have been published by Princeton University Press so far, and the transcripts and copies of the others are available online. For those daunted by the millions of words, selections of Thoreau’s observations on trees, wildflowers, and animals stand out in the recent flurry of publications and offer a fascinating taster.’

Workshops at Hafan y Coed

I’ve now spent a couple of days with some hospital users, both outside in the orchard field and back in the art room with our finds.

There is no doubt of the great benefits to health and wellbeing this has given us all. Making a fire, hearing the birds, meeting a family of foxes and horses, feeling the sun, wind and rain on out skin, taking the clean air in our lungs, relaxing in the time to listen, chat, explore.