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Mai Thomas Resident Artist at the Ruthin Craft Centre

May 1, 2011

I came across the work of Mai Thomas at the Ruthin Craft Centre where she is presently working as an

Artist in Residence.

Mai Thomas was born and brought up in North Wales and her work has always been influenced directly

by the diversity in the landscape around her. She is fascinated by natural forms and plants –

their sculptural and textural qualities informing work. Over recent years she has developed her ideas

by making forms out of natural materials including sheep’s fleece, willow and wire.

‘During my residency at the Ruthin Craft Centre I aim to develop my project called

‘Weaving through Tradition’ which focuses on a journey along the River Dee from Bangor on Dee

to the river’s source above Bala. My journey is documented using photos, drawings and 3d sketches.

I will focus on the path the river takes and how it has shaped the landscape and the lives of the

communities near its banks from the makers of baskets, fish traps and coracles to the

brightly coloured kayaks and wading flyfishers.’

Mai will be in residence on the following dates in April: 4-6, 8, 9, 11-13, 15, 16, 18-21

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