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Artists capture Wales in fabric; What's On /Q&A.

INSPIRED How old are you? Varied ages Where are you from? North Wales Tell us a little known fact about yourselves: We are a group of eight artists who only came together in July last year.

THIS week we talk to Inspired, a group of textile artists whose exhibition is currently running at Venue Cymru, Llandudno, and will be supplemented by another in Denbigh during February.

The group was founded in 2015 with the purpose of providing professional advancement for contemporary textile artists in Wales.

Inspired artists include Cerys Adams, Pat Butters, Cheryl Edwards, Theresa Fox-Byrne. Hilary Gavells, Helen Harris, Anwen Hughes and Beryl Trimby.

Based across North Wales from Anglesey to Flintshire, their work is strongly influenced by the innate characteristics of the land, our local communities and its roots in history.

Working intuitively in felt, fibre, paper and often using print making and local or recycled materials the artists have produced a diverse and innovative body of work linked by a distinctive colour palette and an interest in contemporary fibre art and stitch.

Q What are you best known for? What piece of work are you most proud of and why? A Textile art. We are all proud of our work and would leave it to the general public to decide on the piece of which to be the proudest.

Q Tell us about your exhibition (what's it called, what's it on/ where is it being held?) A Earth Shades, a new exhibition by eight textile artists. Part 1 runs from January 4 - March 31, at the Restaurant Gallery, Venue Cymru, Promenade, Llandudno LL30 1BB. Part 2 runs from February 1-29 at The Carriageworks, 6 Love Lane, Denbigh LL16 3LU.

Q What can people expect from the exhibition? A A new exhibition of textile art based on the colours of a piece of work by Cai Guo-Qiang a Chinese artist whose work inspired our colour palette when we viewed his work at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester.

Q Tell us five things which make your exhibition great? A The variety of work. The variety of styles. The variety of mediums used. The high standard. It is inspiring and exciting work.

Q Tell us what's good about the venue: A Venue Cymru, is a local, popular and well attended Theatre. The exhibition is in a good position at the entrance to the Sea View restaurant and is directly visible when exiting the lift or arriving at the top of the stairs.

Q Who is your favourite artist and why? A At the moment, the artist Cai Guo-Qiang who inspired our exhibition and whose work in creating gunpowder art is absolutely fascinating.

Q What's next for you? What are you currently working on, or what do you plan to work on? A To work together to create a body of work for our next exhibition which will be in the Qube Gallery in Wrexham in July.

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Four pieces of work |by Inspired currently on show at Venue Cymru in Llandudno

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Date:Jan 8, 2016
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