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Cynefin: Ysgol Bryn Gwalia - school workshops

Project reveal - Ysgol Bryn Gwalia

The wonderful headteacher at Ysgol Bryn Gwalia in Mold invited me to her school to work with the children on their project of Cynefin after seeing my work with Ysgol Rhos Helyg, Rhosesmor.

Now that the pictures are completed I can start to release the pictures.


I spent 3 days in the school working with the children on the pictures where they all got to play a part in the actualisation of the project. Prior to my visits they had the opportunity to prepare pieces on themes designated by the school which fit with their theme of Cynefin (pronounced kuh-nev-in, is a Welsh word that signifies the multiple, intertwined factors in our environment and our experience that influence us).

Their chosen subjects were Daniel Owen (novelist and poet from Mold), Moel Famau, the Bryn Gwalia oak tree, St Mary's Church, Mold High Street and Bailey Hill.


Daniel Owen, Welsh poet/novelist. From the statue in Daniel Owen Square, Mold.


This stitched portrait is of Welsh poet/Novelist Daniel Owen from Mold.

The children gave me their ideas and I worked on a design based on the statue located in Daniel Owen Square, Mold.

The children all got to have a go with my sewing machine to draw this portrait!!! How ace!

The background is a Liberty fabric and the stitching is black coats polyester on white cotton.



Bailey Hill, Mold. OS map view.


The children gave me their ideas which they'd worked on with their teacher and I worked on a design based on the OS map of the area, which is a departure from my normal aspect but I wanted the children to be able to see a different view of the area and use this in their geography studies.

The children all got to have a go with my sewing machine to draw this piece - the tree circles are their work!!! How ace!

The background is white cotton fabric with some appliquéd Liberty fabrics and the stitching is black, peacock green & grey Coats polyester & Tre Cerchi cotton.




The ancient Bryn Gwalia Oak.


This stitched and appliquéd picture of the famous tree on the school grounds is based on the reception children’s drawings.

The background is Liberty fabric with appliqué detail and drawn over with black Coats polyester thread. The oak leaves were all drawn and cut by the children 😌



Moel Famau - view towards the summit.


The children gave me their pictures and I worked on this design which shows the view to the top of the mountain.

The background is Liberty fabric, overlayed with appliquéd cotton and wool drawn over with black, grey, purple dark and light green Coats polyester and Tre Cerchi threads.



St Mary's Church, Mold.

This stitched picture is of the beautiful church at the top of the high street in Mold.

This design which shows the church in Springtime - complete with cherry blossom.

The children helped to stitch the church itself 😯

The background is Liberty fabric (from my recent trip to the store in London) with stitching on white using baby pink, burgundy and black Coats polyester.




Mold High Street.


This stitched picture is of Mold High Street looking towards the church.

The children gave me their pictures and I worked on this design which shows the children actually out on the high street on a field trip. I’ve got to say I love it!!! I love it so much I’m thinking of doing prints. What do you think?

Can you spot the person that the children stitched?

The background is painted on white cotton and drawn over with black Coats polyester.



That’s the final pic in the collection ⭐️ Safe to say that I’m thrilled with both the outcome and the process. With each picture I’ve spent half a day in the school with the pupils, who’ve got hands with age appropriate roles. My background in teaching is invaluable when carrying out these projects and I really do love schools!


Thank you to Lorraine for inviting me into your wonderfully school. Thank you to all of the teachers for facilitating the children’s experience. And thanks you to the children for being willing to try a new skill and showing so much interest and enthusiasm - you are the beating heart of your school.

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