Greetings – Bethan Ash

Greetings

Having grown up within a tight knit family, in the Neath valley, during the 1950s. I experienced at first hand the warmth of a Welsh welcome. And so Greetings has been made as a tribute to the kindness and generosity shown by my family to callers, guests and friends who came to visit. Irrespective of their race, creed or culture, all were made welcome.

Year:        2010

Size:         h 152 x w 213cm

Technique:     Improvisational cut and fused wall quilt using digitally printed heat transfer wording.

Materials:     100% Cotton upper, cotton filling and backing

gallery_ cutting the carbs again with shadow




Having grown up within a tight knit family, in the Neath Valley, during the 1950's I experienced at first hand the warmth of a Welsh welcome.
And so Greetings has been made as a tribute to the kindness and generosity shown by my family to callers, guests and friends who came to
visit. Irrespective of their race, creed or culture, all were made welcome.

My artwork depends heavily on the concept and the surface treatment I use and when making each new piece I always search for a sense
of movement, harmony and balance that encompass a range of approach, from computer-manipulated imagery, to painting. Each new
work is strongly influenced by social and popular culture that focuses upon things that most of us can relate to such as consumer goods, 
the environment, popular culture and dieting. I am drawn to universal issues and values, levels of consumption of natural resources, food
and material possessions which are indicators of a society's status and value. 

Warmth, texture, and utilitarian beauty are strengths of textile arts. While acknowledging these roots in my work, I am compelled to go 
beyond the boundaries of traditional design.   A central theme in my work is an exploration of the balance between traditional and 
contemporary forms.   In an attempt to achieve a more fluid style, I combine the traditional materials of textile art with painting and 
surface manipulation.  A primary source of inspiration is the colour and topography of the natural Environment. As such, a large part of
the process of making my work is the creation of colours and textures to portray the strong feelings evoked by particular observations. 

Over the years quilts have been valued as objects of home and comfort, a traditional medium  that represents a certain feeling of familiarity, 
warmth and history.  Although quilts were made as utilitarian textiles, their form has allowed present day makers to bring forth their spirit 
with the help of an intuitive grasp of the composition of colour, pattern and materials that continue to develop in a contemporary manner, 
through new material choices and working processes which result in diverse artworks that inspire curiosity  and debate.