ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in Pontypridd and raised in Creigiau, Becky is an applied artist based in Penarth and has been practising art professionally for over fifteen years. She studied Fine Art and English Literature in Liverpool before a period of travel around the Middle East. She later undertook her MA in Book Arts at Camberwell College of Art (2001).
Past residencies include Ruthin Craft Centre, King's Lynn Museum, Queenswood School and Chitraniketan, and Kerala (Southern India).
Becky’s work is centred on textile and book art which provides a tangible and tactile link to past experience and her love of storytelling. An eclectic use of materials such as antique fabric, driftwood, paper, ephemera and line drawings combine to inform her art works.
Her work appears in several private and public collections, including the Wexford Artists Book Collection (Ireland), the Victoria and Albert and Tate Gallery (London). www.beckyadams.co.uk
ABOUT THE AREA
Tredegar is a proud, hardworking town sitting close to the head of the Sirhowy Valley. Traditionally located within the county of Monmouthshire, it became an early centre of the Industrial Revolution in South Wales through iron production.
The Tredegar Medical Aid Society provided a model for the establishment of the National Health Service, which was introduced by Tredegar born, local MP Aneurin Bevan, as Minister for Health in 1948.
As with nearly all valleys’ towns, there is an intriguing mix of cultural and natural heritage attractions for visitors. Close to the town centre with its historic clock is Bedwellty House, a listed Regency villa surrounded by a historic garden that was established in the early 19th century for the Master of Tredegar Iron Works.
Parc Bryn Bach is a Country Park situated around a mile north of the town centre, easily accessible from the A465 Heads of the Valleys road with a wide variety of outdoor activities whilst the nearby small village of Trefil is increasingly used as a film and TV location for the likes of Dr. Who.
To the south and east of the town, the Sirhowy Valley woodlands provide a corridor to the pastoral delights of the valley that extends further south, still with fascinating historic relics of the early industrial activity such as Bedwellty Pits.
Tredegar - The Clock looking south
Tredegar - Y Cloc yn edrych i‘r de
ABOUT THE WORK
“It has been an absolute pleasure visiting and discovering Tredegar. I have made a mixed media response, incorporating stitch, collage embroidery and applique. Some of the fabrics used were sourced from a charity shop in Tredegar. I would imagine that anyone thinking of the town would immediately bring the clock to mind – it stands right at the centre of Tredegar, an emblem and impressive landmark. I simply had to depict it!
If you look carefully at my piece, there are some much smaller treasures to be found too:
Becky Adams, August 2013