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O bydded i’r heniaith barhau - May the language endure for ever
I can remember standing in my grandparent’s kitchen and my grandfather telling me the story of how the Welsh national anthem was written
A father and son fell out and the son left home. He ended up fighting in the war which made him think about home and his family. After the end of the war, many years later, he went home to make amends with his father. But when he got there, he discovered that his father had passed away. So, he wrote a poem, ‘The Land of My Fathers’ – ‘Hen Wlad fy Nhadau’.
I have never researched the accuracy of the story. My grandfather’s version was by far the best.
In the poem there is a poignant line, ‘o bydded I’r heniaith barhau’. Translated it means but in the fiery pit that is the belly of a Welshman, it has a very clear sentiment which can be translated as ‘may the language endure for ever’.
As an artist of words and language, this line speaks volumes to me and I wanted to see what would happen when it was tangled.
I hope you enjoy it.
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I am often asked how do I go about creating my tangle pieces. I usually start with an outline sometimes in pencil and sometimes directly in ink. Depending on the image I am working on, I will then divide the image into sections and begin drawing the repeate tangle patterns. If the image is small it is less effective to divide it into even smaller sections, so smaller images have less sections of different patterns. I usually ink in the images as I go. I tend to work from left to right to avoid smudging!
Here are some other questions that I am often asked....
How long do they take?
Lots of people ask me this question and it's quite difficult to answer, because some take a bit longer than others and some take a lot longer! I did a simple exercise and timed myself tangling an A4 Tangle word made up of 5 letters and it took me an hour a letter. So an A4 Tangle word with more or less letters would take a little less than or more than 5 hours. To tangle an A3 or A5 word would be relative to the five hours. Length of time can also depend on lighting - if I am working in a brightly 'day lit' room, it is better than in a dark room with artificial lighting. Also, the complexity of an image impacts on time taken too - an S will take more time to tangle than an L! All of these factors impact on tangling time.
Are they prints?
All tangles patterns are done by hand and some are then reproduced and are available as prints in mounts or posters. Tangles can also be reproduced on T-shirts, mugs, hats etc. Some people ask me to tangle into a template, such as a business logo and others give me free reign to tangle, free hand. I'm happy to do either.
What pen do you use?
It depends on what paper I'm using. I usually use a simple black gel pen but I also have a set of permanent pigment ink pens that have nibs of different sizes. These help me create movement and depth in my tangles. Pen choice is very much dependent on the texture of the surface of the paper I'm using.
Are all Tangles black and white?
Yes. I've thought about doing tangles in different colours, but I like the stark contract between the black and white. If I did them in colour, I think they'd loose something. However, you can frame your tangle in any colour and size of frame that you want. I usually have some standard lower cost frames available but I can order made to measure frames for you to meet your budget.
Can you tangle cards?
Yes. I can tangle anything you like, from wedding invitations, greetings cards, invitations, christmas cards etc. Greetings cards are usually a standard price and are copied. However, if you would like a set of cards tangled to your own unique design, not to be copied, this will cost you a little more. Essentially, if it's paper based and an ink pen can be used on it, I can Tangle on it.
Can you tangle on other things?
Yes. I can reproduce your tangle onto mugs, bags, t-shirts, hoodies, baseball caps and all sorts of things for you. I can also tangle directly onto glass and porcelain. So, if you would like a plate, flower pot, glass or mug hand tangled, I can do that for you too.
Can I collect my tangle?
Yes. Some people prefer to have them posted and some people like to collect them from me at craft fayres. Keep your eyes on the 'Find FT' events list at the top left of the page to find out where I will be in the next few weeks.
Do I need to pay for my commission now?
It depends on the price of the tangle. For lower cost tangles, payment will be required with the commission. For more expensive tangles, a deposit will be accepted to proceed with the commission. However, for unique tangles (e.g. Steve & Ffion, 24.3.11) that cannot be sold to anyone else, the full cost will be sought. For tangles that could be sold to others (e.g. Richard) a deposit will be considered. So, in answer to the question, yes and no - immediacy of payment is relative to size and uniqueness!